American Girl Doll Table

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 01-08-2014 02:09 AM 3188 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like quick, no pressure projects.

My daughter ask me yesterday how to glue straws to a piece a plastic packaging to make a table for her AG doll. Of course I dismissed that notion and volunteered to make her a table.

From the scrap bin she picked out a piece of Jatoba. A 3/8” oak dowel and we are under way.

Resaw and plane….

The real value in these little projects is the freedom to experiment. I wanted to try splaying the legs in both dimensions. This looks like a good angle. It turned out to be 9 degrees.

Of course, a jig will help keep the angles consistent. I drilled a 3/8” hole in a scrap piece of 2×4. The marked off angle and saw it with a dovetail saw.

To keep the distance consistent, I pinned tabs on the jig using the Bosch pin nailer I got for Christmas. Love that thang. Never used a nailer before. Awesome. The tabs are tapered to be roughly square to reference surface.

Drilled the holes. Cut the dowel to length and its a table.

Took it apart and beveled the under surface of the top to decrease the visual weight.

I decided to put a slight taper to the legs. I reckon I like Shaker furniture.

A dab of glue and into the vise.

I will put a coat of poly on it tomorrow. Build time – a little over 2 hours.

Thanks for looking.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 02:16 AM

A fine job Dad, the tapers and bevels add a lot to the piece. Good show!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 02:24 AM

Nice work with the leg jig. Bet she likes it a lot. A few Chrismases ago, a friend asked me to make him a small table for his wife’s Christmas display as her collection had outgrown the existing table. He gave me the height, width, and length of what he wanted and told me that all he wanted was a sheet of ply with some legs attached. The next day I brought him the table. Solid top with aprons, and turned legs. I told him that I don’t make junk, I make furniture. He just looked at it and started crying. He moved away shortly afterward to NC but I still get a Christmas card from him every year.
Good call on the change in design.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 02:32 AM

Did she supervise you, or did she have ample confidence pops could pull this one off solo?

Never used a nailer before, really? Handy devices

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 02:43 AM

Thanks fellas.

Nope. Never had a compressor before. I looked around for awhile and then came across this review on PWW and the Bosch seemed as good as any.

I really want it to make jigs and such. Some thing to hold the peices with a dab of glue. For instance, I want to make a miter spline jig for the table saw for some up coming picture frames.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 02:51 AM

The bevels are a great touch.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 02:58 AM

Good stuff man. I showed my daughter how Schwarz and his girl built a box in the Joiner and Cabinetmaker. She’s been on me ever since;)

Your makin me want a veritas spokeshave. Why LN/Boggs didn’t use the no 151 style blade adjustment…I’ll never know.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 03:16 AM

The table, the jig, that mallet and the reason are all awesome. Typical BYo caliber.

Fantastic work. Thanks for showing how it’s done.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 03:19 AM

I didn’t have a perspective of the size till I saw you stick it in the vice.
The small stuff to me can be a lot harder.
Nice work.
Thats a mighty fancy doll house table.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 03:35 AM

Again. Thanks.

Rojo, my sentiment exactly. Like you, I am a fan of LN stuff. When I was shopping for a spokeshave I eyeballed the Boggs shaves very closely. I couldn’t get past the lack of a 151 design. In fact, I think is was CL810’s recommendation that finally swayed me to get the Veritas shaves. I am happy with them.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 03:36 AM

Dave, it depends on how you look at it. It might be fancy but it is also scraps, 2 hours and fun.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#11 posted 01-08-2014 04:39 AM

Great job Dad!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 01-08-2014 12:14 PM

Excellent work.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 01-08-2014 12:45 PM

Nice. I love those kind of builds. Fast and free-form.
You done well. The bevels on the top make it great.

I am a new convert to nailers too. Pin and 18guage. Both have made things a lot easier, and more precise. I have the PC pinner – it’s a nice tool too.

Good job Dad.
I just did a whole kitchen for my daughter. Doll furniture is easier to lift. Enjoy each stage.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 01-08-2014 02:24 PM

Nice little table.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#15 posted 01-09-2014 02:42 AM

Very nice Scott, that does look like fun. Supervise, haha Shane.

Dave, these aren’t just any dolls. They come with a fairly serious story book, you can buy matching outfits for the doll, girl, and even her mom I think, and of course the accessories. The people that make them are good at what they do that’s for sure.

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