Dollhouse #4: Days four and five: sanding, making bigger window rough ins, build windows, painting and staining

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 12-10-2018 06:30 PM 918 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Spent a couple days in the shop working on the dollhouse again. Right now there is progress, but not much to show. A lot of small cuts and prep work to start putting together stuff. I am bouncing between different aspects of the project more than normal. For example, while waiting for primer to dry on the sides, I worked on windows.

I spent a number of hours building a couple of prototype windows based on different designs I saw on the internet. The problem I am having with windows is getting straight cuts so it comes out square. I have never worked with stuff this small so I do not have many tools. I spent a good bit of time building a miter box for small pieces. I will be ordering a small stuff back miter hand saw soon. I have a good one I use for smaller stuff but it is flexible, so I find the cuts get off easy.

I had a number of false starts, but that is why I spent the time doing prototypes. I wanted to use the time to problem solve issues to make the windows look right. Based on comments here I did go remeasure my house’s windows and converted it to a 1:12 scale. I found that my windows where small for the types of windows in the front of my house, so I made a template and expanded all window openings to fit that template.

Once I had a look that I liked, I built a small jig to start making the windows.

I started making the windows, I figure it will take me at least a week to make all the windows. So right now I am bouncing between different portions of the house.

As stated before, I primed the entire dollhouse with kiltz. After that dried, I did a lot of sanding by hand for the sides with some 220 grit sand paper. It worked really well and it smooth most of the pitting in the clapboard. I got a nice smooth finish on it.

I will keep building windows and will probably do a dry assembly to start on the roof next.

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4870 posts in 1760 days

#1 posted 12-10-2018 07:18 PM

If you have a Harbor Freight near by.

Nice job keep up the great work and blog.

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#2 posted 12-12-2018 02:54 PM

If you are working with relatively thin pieces then a sharp chisel cut might be more accurate and easier than sawing small pieces. If you support the chisel shank with an angled block of wood it is simple to get those 45 degree and other angles right on, and the wood block can also hold the piece steady while you tap on the chisel.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-24-2018 10:41 PM

Some progress is better than none….keep up the good work.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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