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Sunday, February 11

My First Beacon Hill Dollhouse Day 10

The double window and varnished floors are shown below.

Varnish was the last step for finishing the floors, after staining. I applied the second varnish coat today.

Today I installed the front door. This was a simple process. I glued it to look hallway open since I didn't hinge it.

I wasn’t satisfied with the staircase, so I sought to improve it somehow. It was very difficult to install the staircase and so some gaps remained. I found a few thin pieces of trim to cover the gaps. I circled the areas I trimmed out and the trim piece illustrated below.

The trims are nearly unnoticeable and a good fit. I will do the bottom of the staircase and remaining floor later on. All the trims I had worked well.

I began the dormers. Their installation can be complicated. The dormer roof was just too large to fit inside. It would have been impossible to fit unless I cut off one of the sections to make it shorter. I did that and the result was desirable. Thankfully the roof is very cooperative and pliable for cutting. The outside gaps will be hidden with shingles but at least it's on straight and even, without gaps.

You need a lot of tape to clamp everything in place.

Begin your first dormer on the side of the dollhouse. That way you can get the hang of installing them before you reach the more visible front.











4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or are these dormers difficult? First, the tabs on the side panels do not fit into the front trim without pinching in the front trim (which you can't do because of the window sash. I ended up having to sand off the tabs and just glue them flat to the front trim. And then obviously the directions were not written for the way the dormer roof panels are now (all one piece - directions say to put in roof panels one piece and a time). It seems that not only do I have to trim the sides shorter so that they will fit on top of the side panels and follow the curve of the opening but it is also way to long, extending beyond the interior of the inside wall. Is this all correct? And would you recommend painting the cardboard side of the dormer roof before installing it? Thanks!! - Tracy

Gina said...

Absolutely. The dormers are actually more difficult to install than the staircase, in some instances. For this reason, I recommend to deviate from the instructions and install the side walls of the dormers first and then later, apply the window sash in place over the side wall edges. Trying to install these dormers, fully assembled into their openings, is unnecessarily difficult.

The dormers roofs cardboard will have to be cut to size in order for them to fit properly. You are correct in everything you have observed so far.

Paint everything, on every side because you will not be able to do it later. Best to be safe than sorry.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I actually didn't notice that they said to put the dormers in already assembled! That's funny. That would be impossible, considering all the alterations I've had to do.

One other thing, do you have any suggestions on gluing the dormer windows? I've used white glue so far but because these windows open and the sash is only on one side, the window keeps popping off.

Gina said...

If you mean the little plastic pane that's suppose to be the window "glass", yes they do tend to pop off with white glue but it's really the only glue that can be used.

You might want to try and sand the edges of the window panes with a fingernail file, in order to rough up the areas that will be glued so the glue sticks better. You might also have to trim them a little since I distinctly remember they were a little large for the dormer sashes. Trimming them might help them to not get snagged or pulled by the opening and closing of the window which could cause them to pop off.

 

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