Dollhouse

comments (4) December 15th, 2009 in Reader's Gallery

MikeSweet MikeSweet, member
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This is about 36 wide, 18 deep and 24 high. I started it last year before Christmas. The trim is cherry. Probably the most difficult and time-consuming thing I have made. I was supposed to give it to her last year but I ended up in the hospital. The good thing is that she was able to help me finish it. She said she was glad that I didnt finish it last year so she could help me. Im glad too.
I made this for my granddaughter for this Christmas.
This door took about 10 hours to make. I cut real stained glass and used leather hinges
The interior of one of the rooms. I carved each board and put in fake nail holes. It became an obsession! The mantel was made with cocobolo.
This is about 36 wide, 18 deep and 24 high. I started it last year before Christmas. The trim is cherry. Probably the most difficult and time-consuming thing I have made. I was supposed to give it to her last year but I ended up in the hospital. The good thing is that she was able to help me finish it. She said she was glad that I didnt finish it last year so she could help me. Im glad too. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

This is about 36" wide, 18" deep and 24" high. I started it last year before Christmas. The trim is cherry. Probably the most difficult and time-consuming thing I have made. I was supposed to give it to her last year but I ended up in the hospital. The good thing is that she was able to "help" me finish it. She said she was glad that I didn't finish it last year so she could help me. I'm glad too.


I developed this from some plans in a book. Of couse I had to deviate to suit my tastes. It was a labor of love. Now adults want to have one.


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Comments (4)

JTRicher JTRicher writes: Mike,

Very nice -- love the cherry. I just completed my first dollhouse from a kit for a friend's niece and now am going to build one for a neighbor using the Victorian Doll House pattern I got at U-Bild.com.

Kiwi Kev,

Here is a link to a 1:12 scale Noguchi table, which you will need to enlarge for Barbie/playscale.

http://amazingminiatures.com/blog/free-noguchi-table-modern-dollhouse-furniture-scroll-saw-pattern/

This page has links to free dollhouse furniture plans:

http://miniatures.about.com/od/dollhouseminiatures/tp/make-dolls-house-and-scale-miniature-furniture.htm

Not free but Amazon.com sells Scroll Saw Magazine Summer 2011, ($6.99 US) which includes Barbie-sized furniture patterns. If your students do not have access to a scroll saw, you could just use the basic shapes.

Also if you go to scrollsawer.com & click the patterns link on the left, there is a pattern for a hummingbird rocker & perhaps a couple other minis there.
Posted: 4:22 pm on December 5th

oats09 oats09 writes: Hi, Kevin here from New Zealand, that country at the bottom of the world. I am a Technology Workshop teacher looking at making a production run of dolls house furniture for sale to staff. The students will be involved in cutting out the components either by hand or with the aid of our CNC machines. I intend making a range of playscale 1.6 barbie houses as well as smaller castles, car garages, and possibly fire stations. The furniture plans are what i really need.

Can anyone point me to a source of free downloadable plans that i can get my students to research.

Kiwi Kev.
Posted: 2:44 pm on November 21st

MikeSweet MikeSweet writes: Thanks Stephen.
I made dado joints and pin-nailed a few things. The paint was actually real latex house paint sampler cans that I bought last year for my house. Almost 90% of the materials were from wood stored in my basement.
I used the book "Making Dolls' Houses in 1/12 Scale" by Brian Nickolls. A beautiful book with awesome photos. The plans have some parts that are difficult to figure out so I had to "engineer" it. I am a retired draftsman but there were still a few things that were difficult to follow. I used the engineering scale at my previous job but I prefer to work in 1/16" of an inch.
The only equipment I wish I had was a Proxxon miniature saw. I have a large 5HP Powermatic 66 and it was difficult for me to make the cherry trim.
I have looked on the web for various supplies but given the fact that I am cheap - I made everything myself. The shingles were poster board that I had to measure and cut - a real pain.
I was going to make a scaled replica of my granddaughter's house but I thought for the first one I should try plans. She is only 9 years old so I thought it probably would not matter.
My future daughter-in-law, who is Japanese, wants one too!
Posted: 6:44 pm on December 16th

StephenKocsis StephenKocsis writes: Did you use any "special" joining techniques? And do you have the modified plans ? SERIOUSLY, GREAT JOB! Milk paint for the finish? You are so fortunate to have a daughter and/or granddaughter to do this for.

Have you tried any historic houses? And, if so, do you,( or anyone else out there ) know a source for plans, elevationsion, sections houses like: Jefferson's Monticello or any of the Shaker buildings.? Books exist on Jefferson's home with plans and elevations, sections, and details. As for Wright's Robie house but you still have to draw the final construction drawings (by the way, it seems to me that it is easter and more direct to do the drawings in 10's of an inch, or, metric for buildings in the rest of the world. A very good quality pair of dividers (regular)is an absolute must and, if you can find them, a good set of proportional dividers.
Posted: 3:33 pm on December 16th

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