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Friday, February 2

My First Beacon Hill Dollhouse Day 1

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The Beacon Hill By Greenleaf

I assembled this dollhouse for a second time, blogged the assembly and did some changes to the finishes. I suggest you view those changes and the more detailed instructions before you begin assembly. You can view them here.

Advanced assembly and finishing tips for experienced builders can be found here.

I finished putting the base together easily.

The wall and floor assembly is very difficult. Each piece is supported by another one, and they must all be glued simultaneously. I suggest the use of hot glue to tack the pieces together while the wood glue dries. This will allow parts to remain together.

The walls are assembled and in place. I had to use the mallet, gently but firmly, to tap some stubborn tabs into place. It helps keep everything flush and aligned as well.

Some gaps in the house are inevitable, but baseboards will hide them.

I’ve started the staircase. The instructional pictures really help a lot and reduce reading time. I chose the staircases color scheme while working on it because it must be finished during assembly.

I now need to prime the dollhouse first, so I can wallpaper the stairwells. Any wall that surrounds a staircase must be finished before staircase installation.

This is a good time to finish ceilings as well.

During this assembly I will be adding a lot of optional trim to my dollhouse, which can be easily found in the sheets of wood scraps of your punch outs. I am also be converting doorways unto entryways by leaving doors out so the dollhouse has a more open feel.


Jentrees Childre said...

First I will say I love ur blog, looks like u have put many hours in building it. I want to ask how in the world you make building this look so easy. These kits are so hard to stay happy about. We have just started this dollhouse first one ever for me, second for my sister and she says she sure expected a lot more from this manufacturer. Most of the pieces are not even cut all the way thru.

Gina said...

Jentrees, it may look easy on the blog but it certainly isn't so I can understand your experience. This is a very difficult hobby. Tab and slot dollhouses are very different from typical "dollhouses". These are miniature replicas and are more for display purposes. They take a very long time to prepare, assemble and finish. They are better suited for wood-working hobbyists than just folks looking for a dollhouse to gift a child or to play with.

Sometimes the dye machine does not cut all the way through the plywood. This is typical of all tab and slot dollhouses and is not indicative of a manufacturing problem. It is just the nature of the product and builders experienced with it take this issue into account and know how to handle it.

I know it can be frustrating for a new builder but be patient because the pay-off is worth it. These dollhouses are heirlooms.

Kathy said...

I'm just starting the stairs...I'm a first time builder and it is challenging. I have learned to do only what I can at the time I am doing it. I'm trying to look at it as a puzzle and each day I am rewarded with a " oh, I got it " moment. I'm not bald yet!...maybe by next week I'll resort to pulling my hair out over the stairs!

Lyn hackshaw said...

Thank you for doing this blog you are a life saver, my Beaconhill cam with no instructions and the ones I downloaded were broken and text and pics missing

Gina said...

Hi Lynn,

Remember that this dollhouse kit is still in production and the instructions can be ordered from the manufacturer directly.

I also found the instructions and schematics sheets here. Just print and join them. They should be better than the ones you were able to get.

Janice martin said...

Thanks for this. On the first floor stairs, piece A, from sheet 15 has 3 pieces labeled trim. Are these trim pieces to be removed from piece A, or are they just for decorative purposes?

Gina said...

All of the pieces labeled with "trim" are the decorative pieces.

Aubrey said...

Which would you say is an easier build - the Beacon Hill or the Pierce? I've done two smaller tab and slot houses and looking into my next project.

Gina said...

Audrey, the Pierce is a larger dollhouse but it would actually be a much easier build than the Beacon Hill.

Luxx said...

Im just starting my first mini house for my daughter. Its very tedious, but very rewarding as the process moves on from piece to piece. I've just been glueing the tabs as I go, is that ok? I have not been using a hot glue gun.

Gina said...

Hi Luxx,

Remember to not glue anything together unless the instructions tell you to do so. This is the most confusing part of dollhouse assembly and its where most builders make dire mistakes.

If you glue things together too soon, it might interfere with the fit of future parts because the assembly will be too rigid. Sometimes the assembly needs flexibility in order for future parts to fit properly.

I recommend you read carefully through the Shell Assembly Guide, on the left hand side of this blog for more information on this and for tips on the proper assembly of a dollhouse shell.

Anonymous said...

Question as to how many phases you glued this up in. It looks like you glued up until step B4 in the instructions. Did you let the glue dry at this phase or did you keep working while the glue was setting until you had made it through step B9 of the instructions?


Gina said...

When you are putting together a dollhouse of this size and complexity, you must stop assembly when the instructions tell you to. Stopping assembly will allow for glue to dry and for the structure to be sturdy enough for assembly to continue. Remember, it takes a lot of pressure to put parts into place and if the assembly is still weak, with wet glue, it will come apart.

On the other hand, if you take too long to complete certain phases of the assembly, the structure will be too rigid for you to easily continue with the assembly process.

Your best bet is to read the instructions CAREFULLY and in their entirety before you begin any phase of the assembly. This will help you know in advance where you need to stop or when you must continue. I also describe when I stopped in the assembly process and let glue dry, in this blog. Follow those steps carefully. It took many phases of assembly to construct this particular dollhouse.


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