Don't forget to read all the How To Guides, listed to the left, for information on proper assembly and finishing of your dollhouse.
Keep in mind that the newly re-released laser cut Tennyson dollhouse kit, pictured above, has different features than this older original model I am blogging. The porch railings, foundation and second floor porch roof have all been re-designed with the new kit. This Tennyson building blog is not for the new kit, even though the basic dollhouse structure is still the same for both of them.
Since this kit is old a lot of the pieces were falling off the sheets so I decided to go ahead and label them all and punch them all out before starting assembly. I do not recommend for newbies to do this. All of these pieces are very confusing and similar to each other. If you're a newbie, keep everything in it's sheet until the instructions ask you for them.
This dollhouse has old instructions which name the parts of the dollhouse a little different and somewhat confusing. Labeling each and every piece according to the schematics is really the only way to keep things organized. When you label, make sure you label not only the name of the piece but also the sheet it came from. That way you can easily find it on the schematics if it becomes confusing. Be extra careful when labeling the long, various sized pieces in the schematics. Double checking which is which with a tape measurer is a good way to be sure they are being labeled properly.
This dollhouse does not have good pictures on the instructions so keeping the box photo is essential for knowing how it's suppose to look.
I bundle the pieces with masking tape to keep them together. They are bundled by sheet number and letter. Make sure that the slots are fully exposed and that no splinters or jagged wood is in the way to keep the tabs from going in smoothly.
After I sanded each bundle, I bundled them up again with masking tape and labeled the masking strip so I know what pieces are in each bundle.