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Custom Rehab Week 01

This upcoming project is a little different from my usual ones. This is a rehab. This custom dollhouse belongs to a neighbor and she was ...

Saturday, January 3

Limited Edition 2015 Creatin' Contest Kit Week 2

I am going to try to finish the dollhouse structure before I decide on the finishes, in case anyone out there joined the contest and needs the tutorial. Posts for this kit will publish Friday since most people will work on their dollhouse on the weekends.

If you have never assembled a structure before, this dollhouse would be a good start. If you are intimidated by it, don't be. It's inexpensive and this is a pretty easy project that will get you familiar with some of the tools needed in dollhouse assembly. It will especially help you in getting to know how to apply finishes. Later, you can move on to more difficult assemblies.

Remember, that the assembly of a cabinet grade dollhouse is much different than a tab and slot but it's still a good starting point to build confidence. After making my very first two tab and slot dollhouse disasters, I tried a cabinet grade one and I am thankful for the experience. After that one, I continued tab and slot assemblies with a boost in moral.

Foundation
This week I began assembling the foundation. The parts are MDF so they do not need sanding. None of the parts are labeled but they are pretty much self explanatory at this point. There is a good illustration of how the foundation is suppose to go together but that will be the only illustration you will have for this assembly. Good thing you all have my blog with pictures, because so far, it seems pretty simple but it will become a little more complicated as we move along.

I am using wood glue to assemble the shell of this structure. So far, the instructions are not calling for nails and I am little skeptical about how these bulky, heavy, interlocking pieces will hold up with only glue. They don't seem to have much support at this time but I will just continue to follow the instructions on this.

Like with other cabinet grade dollhouses, the parts are square so you don't need to use any special tools to make this foundation line up. As long as you join all of the parts, flush with each other, the structure will end up square.

The small plastic clamps work very well with this structure and I am alternating the use of the hand held weights at the corners. Four more of these weights would have been perfect for this part of the project.




Main Floor
Once your foundation is dry enough to be moved, you can glue on the dollhouse floor. This is where is can become confusing because there are no illustrations to guide you. The floor does not cover the entire foundation. The porch floor goes on separately, later on. So, this is basically the main floor of the dollhouse.


It goes flush to the back of the foundation and evenly spaced on the sides. The foundation has to stick out from under the floor, 1/4", on both sides. These two "sills" of the foundation will hold the walls. Clamp your floor down with weights until dry. This structure is sturdy and thick so you can create weights out of anything you like.



When this structure is dry enough to turn over, do so and run a line of wood glue along all of the joints between the foundation and floor. You don't have to worry about being extra neat. This is the underside of the structure and will not be visible. Keep everything clamped until dry.


As you can see, now that the foundation is done, this is a pretty large dollhouse. Much larger than I thought. It seems to continue getting larger with every new step.

At this point, you can start having several ideas of what this could be. There is a lot of space in here to make a loft for a bedroom, add a kitchenette and living room to the main floor and you would still have an area for a huge stone fireplace. I am not far along in the build to know for sure, but I think there are going to be exposed beams in the ceiling.

All of this makes me think of one thing, Alaskan cabin house. Even the sloping roof lends well to the feel of Alaska. If you were looking for an excuse to use a mini outhouse in one of your displays, this would be it and there's plenty of them in Alaska, so go figure. You can almost imagine the outside mountains visible through the large sliding glass door and maybe a lake.

This was certainly not my first idea for this dollhouse. I didn't have a solid idea but I was leaning towards a terrace or an outdoor room of some sort. Something I could tile, stucco and make look like it was sitting in California but that's not what this dollhouse wants to be. It wants to be in Alaska so in Alaska it shall be.

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