Barn for Dolls

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Project by Brice1 posted 03-07-2020 03:00 PM 936 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One the new bench was completed, requests from a granddaughter for a barn for her dolls was the first project.

It is built for an 18” doll and stands about 30” tall. The small built-out section on the back of the barn contains the battery pack and printed circuit for the lighting, which I buried in the roof beams and in the dormer windows.

Huge PITA making the shingles, but all-in-all an enjoyable project. That said, hiding the mechanism for the hand-crank lift was also a bit painful but I think it came out okay.

Granddaughter loves it.

Thanks for looking in.



-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#1 posted 03-07-2020 03:05 PM

That is a really beautiful barn!! Should be around for generations to enjoy!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 03-07-2020 03:15 PM

Amazing Brice. You have one lucky granddaughter. I see your patience and attention to detail are still in top shape.
I’ll bet you get as much pleasure from this creation as she does.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 03-07-2020 03:15 PM

That’s one super barn would be great for a movie prop I would think and just know she has to love it!!!
Doll houses are so much fun to build and then all the little extras you can add is so much fun to build and interesting to research.

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#4 posted 03-07-2020 03:20 PM

Great work, love all the detail, really went the extra step.

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#5 posted 03-07-2020 03:34 PM

This is waaaay Cool Brice , what a great idea and so very well designed and built A+++


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#6 posted 03-07-2020 03:42 PM

Wow! It is projects like this that keeps me humble:) I remember making Cedar shakes for a rabbit hutch many years ago, I thought it was fun then?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 03-07-2020 06:11 PM


Here is a link to a farm toy group of collectors! Some of these people PAY heavy money for their collection pieces and display things too. Might be worth you checking out for a market!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 03-07-2020 06:22 PM

Great job and a happy grand daughter. I really like the details of pinned timbers and bracing. Do you have an estimate of the time it took?

Sorry you did not like making the shingles. Years ago I made several doll houses with hand split shingles, about 1600 for each house. Making the shingles was fairy easy, it was gluing them on that got to me.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 03-07-2020 07:14 PM

very nice

-- Vítek

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#10 posted 03-07-2020 07:35 PM

Well done grandpa,,, good thing my grand daughter have not seen this, otherwise I would fall for her smile ,,,again.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 03-08-2020 12:32 AM

Wow! I thought the work bench was awesome. That barn, though less functional, blew me away, great job on both

-- Ty

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#12 posted 03-08-2020 01:02 AM

Oh man, you just set the bar REALLY high for this future grandfather!

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#13 posted 03-08-2020 02:56 AM

Wow. I wanna live in it. Well done for your granddaughter.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 03-08-2020 04:32 AM


I hope your granddaughter is at least 40 so she can appreciate the heirloom she has and take exceptional care of it when she plays with her doll! That’s a really fine example of outstanding craftsmanship.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#15 posted 03-08-2020 05:05 AM

Outstanding as usual Brice. I’ve used a few dolls house bits and pieces on some of my boxes in the past – small knobs etc that you can’t get otherwise. Good to see the new bench being used!

-- Madburg WA

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