American Girl Table & Chairs

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Project by greg48 posted 01-04-2016 12:31 AM 1182 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I may have mentioned earlier, my grand daughters 18” doll population grew significantly this last Christmas and I was tasked with building some furniture for them. I was texted several images of furniture from her on-line catalogues. How does one say no? For the first piece, I selected a dining set (2nd image) without any scale or dimensions. After measuring several aspects of one of the dolls (heel to knee, knee to tail, and side to side) I dimensioned the image to fit and began designing on Sketch Up.

The table (pics 3&4) stands about 10” tall with a 15” diameter table top made with 1/4” Baltic birch and 1/2” ply of unknown specie (whatever scrap I had laying about). The legs were cut out of a combination of 1/2” Beech and s. maple by gluing on a 1:1 scale printout from SU and cutting them out on the band saw. Originally I was going to join the three legs with 60 degree miters on their intersecting faces, but decided instead to manufacture a 2 1/2” center post (redwood) for greater strength. All pieces were glued up with Titebond II.

The chairs (pics 5&6) were likewise made up of 1/2” Beech and s. maple with the back and seat out of 1/4” Baltic Birch ply. The 9 degree back angle and 15 degree rear leg angles were drawn out on SU and again glued up and cut out on the band saw. All components (except seat) were but joined with glue and 1” pin nails to keep the pieces from wandering during clamp up.

Everything was painted with a couple of coats of semi gloss white and left as is. I will let grand daughter select a color scheme and she and grandma (YiaYia) can finish it up.

Well on to the next furniture ensemble, but first perhaps a little nap.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 01:37 AM

Wow! My Granddaughters would luv this setup

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 05:56 PM

Great looking table and chairs. It’s a great day when we can spend time in the shop building for the grand children. I need to make a set for my granddaughter’s American Doll, too.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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