First ever project completed Dec 2016

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Project by Markslawes posted 08-29-2018 12:14 PM 846 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first thing I made. I started out by drawing up a set of plans, but soon realised that I was not cut out to use plans and abandoned them for take each cut as it comes and design and build as I go. At the time of completion I was really pleased with what I had achieved first time out, but now I look at the pictures and all looks a bit of a mess. I used plywood for the whole project all barr a few bits of pine for supports in the roof. I used wood chip (Not a great idea) for the white parts of the walls and 1/20 brick paper from ebay. I also purchased the windows and door and interior wallpaper from ebay. I want to make it all again from scratch having learned a few things about wood since but then it would not be the same gift I made to start with. The roof is sealed closed and will only come apart many years into the future hopefully when my granddaughter is in her late teens or even married with kids of her own. Inside is a letter I wrote to her for her second Christmas, I will be long gone by the time she gets it. I gave it to her on Christmas Eve as she lives many miles from me and as you can see she loved it and has played with it every day since, she is now 4. Well first project completed lots of things I would have done differently but its done now and I have learned a lot in the process.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#1 posted 08-29-2018 12:23 PM

I looked closely at the pictures presented and if you see flaws, that’s OK – I see a perfectly good doll house for your granddaughter. Well done !

if we don’t critisize ourselves and learn from what we perceive to be mistakes, what good is it anyway.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 08-29-2018 09:42 PM

Nice work Mark,

Personally I think the chipboard makes a good textured finish providing a realistic stucco type effect.

BTW I did see a floor!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 08-29-2018 11:20 PM

Very nice job buddy! Remember, in wood working we are our own worst critics. I see nothing wrong with it and a very happy granddaughter. That’s what it’s all about.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 08-30-2018 05:09 AM

Ok, so you have a gift for woodworking, and making kids happy. Aweosme.

I have no house story to tell, but I can see good work here.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-30-2018 06:41 AM

Beautiful doll house. I see she (the kid) doesn’t have any complaints.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 08-30-2018 07:46 AM

Thanks everybody for the comments you have left. I have been looking through all of your wonderful projects and have been inspired to do much more.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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