Doll Armoire

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Project by JoeButler posted 01-01-2010 06:02 AM 3206 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after buying a lathe back at the first of ‘09 and totally “dropping out” of real wookworking, I’m back. LOL

In a surprise move, the wife really took to the lathe and making pens. (She had shown no interest in woodworking before that!) So I became her “helper”. She literally took over my “shop”. I prepped the pens for her. She turned them, finished them and assembled them.

But now, she has moved onto quilting. YAY!!! I get my shop back.

Anyway, one of the presents for our granddaughter was an American Girl doll. The wife wanted some furniture to go with it. If you have ever checked out the website, their furniture is nice, but EXPENSIVE!!

So, I got drafted to produce something that would hold doll clothes. The wife took time off from quilting and sewed up several outfits for the doll.

I went online and found a book on making doll furniture.

This is the result.

Per my usual, lots of small boo boos, but it didn’t matter. The granddaughter loved it. Once it was explained to her that the clothes and Armoire were “one of a kind, no one else in the world has anything exactly like them”, she was really thrilled!

PS…the wife really gave me heck over the broken window blind. I had broken it the day before and hadn’t had a chance to replace it yet. But it was Christmas Eve, I had just finished it 30 minutes before we were to go to the daughter’s house. So I grabbed a pix while I could.

I guess a bed will be next. Will post when I get it done.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 10:18 AM

Looks great! I am sure the granddaughter was pleased. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 11:11 AM

Very nice armoire.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 01:34 PM

beautiful…. a real treasure and a great addition for the special doll

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 03:25 PM

great job she will remember that when she grow up


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#6 posted 01-01-2010 03:38 PM

Wow, I love the design of the doors, it looks like it could be used as a jewelry box with a little modification. Nice job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 04:12 PM

great work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 08:17 AM

Came by this o ne searching for “doll” projects. Got a 6 year old into the American Girl stuff. Always fun to show her things that are made versus the purchased equivalent. Well done.

I get you on the wife/shop thing. I complain a lot about finishing. My wife said she might enjoy the non sanding parts of finishing. Slippery Slope. I like “my space” as like being the one who can say I made it. The prideful part of that isn’t the best trait, but it’s there. It’s finishing one day and snowballing into more things later. :)

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 09:09 AM

Great looking piece. We just gave our Grandaughter an American girl doll saturday. Could I talk you into sending some measurements, drawings or anything you might have kept?

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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