Has anybody here built, or know someone who built, a stone cottage for their 3rd grade model house project? If so, we'd really appreciate some advice!
My daughter has decided that this is what she wants to build. She's spent over a week experimenting with Daddy to work out an effective mortar, and is having no luck. Mind you: my husband is an architect and a pretty advanced handyman (as in, has built real live buildings all by himself). So he's not exactly a novice at this idea. But the methods we've tried have not scaled down effectively: something that makes for a sturdy wall at 20" thick is brittle at 1" thick.
They started with fairly traditional mortars, in keeping with the terms of the project, and went on to compromise with steel reinforced mortars which were still ineffective. We really didn't want to compromise so far as using two-part epoxy to hold the stones in place, then packing with grout to disguise it. So, has anybody successfully built a miniature stone structure with a traditional/natural mortar, or at least one that is not too vastly a compromise?