Log Cabin Doll House

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Project by DonB posted 02-24-2016 01:09 PM 1303 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small log cabin (12×12x12) was made using 3/4×1/2 pine strips as logs. Very slightly rounded to show the log as an independent log vice a 3/4 solid wall. Used panel plywood to simulate a metal roof. A rabbit was made to hold the loft serving as the second floor. The floor can slide forward or back to enhance the placement of furniture. The logs were painted with very thinned paint to simulate the color of nude logs. Originally the trim was white, but was too great a contrast with the rest of the house, so a dark brown was used. The chimney was plaster of paris with individually placed stones. The porch posts were placed on 1” brads for added support. Holes were drilled in the base, the brads inserted then the post was glued and inserted over the brad. The dark brown paint and the paint for the logs is the same paint. Thinning provided the difference in color. Many mixes were done before the desired color was attained. Thinning agent was a 50/50 mix of water and windex and was mixed with the paint at a rate of about 70% thinner, 30% paint. All logs were sprayed with an airbrush. The windows and door were hand painted. The door and frame were hand made, the three windows were purchased at HL. The dormer window is a regular window on its side to serve as a double window. Other than the chimney, it was a fun build. Both the previous house and this one were non-kit, no plans houses. I drew my own plans on the paper covering the work table. Since the plans were actual size, they also served as a good assembly point.

-- DonB

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#1 posted 02-24-2016 01:21 PM

You are realy chimney specialist, this one looks adorable too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-24-2016 04:30 PM

Great job! I hope to build a dollhouse for my daughter at some point…

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#3 posted 02-24-2016 07:44 PM

Lil house on the prairie.

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

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 01:09 PM

Roger: Spot on Roger. I didn’t think of that until you said it, but its quite appropriate.

-- DonB

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