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Saturday, February 6

The Tennyson Dollhouse Day 5

Once the staircase dried over night, it's time to install it and thankfully this staircase goes right in its place without a struggle. Clamp it tightly against the wall and floors.

I used a strip of the fabric to create the runner for it before I installed it. I glued it on with tacky glue and used a little tacky glue all along both side edges to keep it from fraying in the future. Add the railing last.

The second floor staircase is more difficult to assemble. The instructions do not make it any easier but you can follow the below steps:
  • First take piece F and M and frame out the stairwell hole.
  • Then take two G pieces and one P piece and laminate them together to make a thick post. Make two posts this same way.
  • Take an I and H spare piece and laminate them together. The I piece goes on top of the H because it's smaller. Make two of these. These are basically the post caps or finials.
  • Take the smaller railing and glue it on top of piece F which you used to frame the stairwell hole. One side of the railing will be against the wall.
  • Then take one of the posts and glue it on the other side of the railing. Again, it will rest on top of the stairwell frame you made.
  • Then take the long railing and glue it against the post you just put up and on top of the M piece that's framing the stairwell.
  • Take the last post and glue it to the other end of the long railing.
  • Glue on the first floor railing and glue the handrail to it.
  • Glue the other F piece on top of the small railing to create its handrail.
The final handrail is for the long second floor railing and its supposedly piece L but it's shorter than the long railing so it doesn’t work. Maybe the schematics labeled this particular piece wrong and it's really another piece in the kit or maybe it was cut wrong. Bottom line is that it will not work and I double checked it on the schematics and the instructions so piece L is definitely the handrail for the long second floor railing. I’m going to leave it as is for now and keep this L piece in case I notice that some other piece was mislabeled on schematics. If I finish the dollhouse and I do not notice a mistake, I’ll have to make my own handrail for this railing because this one will not work.


Kathi said...

Thanks for all of your great tips Gina. I've been wondering what to do with my dollhouse porch floors. I appreciate your way to make my own color stain. I'll be sure to prime first!

Gina said...

Kathi, remember, dont prime anything you want to stain. Only prime what you want to paint or cover with wallpaper.


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