Cedar Log Dollhouse

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Project by Pa_the_Woodworker posted 12-18-2020 03:15 PM 1486 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Due to my recent retirement, I decided to start making legacy toys for my granddaughters and their descendants.

This is dollhouse 2 of 4 for my granddaughter, Avery. The plans for this 1/12 scale project were found in the “Canadian Woodworking” magazine I amended the plan by adding railing to front porch. A six year old neighbour came by while I was building the dollhouse. She suggested I also add railing above the stairs “so children won’t fall over”. I’m glad I did, because she came back with her mother to check.

Logs were milled from 1×6x6 cedar stock by rounding over each edge of board with 1/4” round over bit, then ripping 3/8” thick – repeat for next log. I made the shingles from 7/8×6x6 red cedar using my table and mitre saws. Rip 1/16” strips from board. Stack 10 strips and cut 1.75” on mitre saw. All furniture was made from 2×4 scrap cedar.

The beauty of this project is that, unlike the colonial dollhouse (1 of 4), all parts were milled in my own shop. The final project was finished with WATCO tung oil.

I framed a picture of Nana and Pa and hung in dollhouse for future generations. My granddaughters love the idea of being dollhouse custodians and eventually passing on to their children. The third dollhouse will be made for during Summer 2021.

In the interim, I have turned my attention to the Toys and Joys: big rig, tanker and dump trucks for any future great grandsons. My daughter says , “Boys play with dollhouses as well.” When I was a child, boys didn’t play with anything beginning with the word “doll”. Mind you, at that time, dinosaurs roamed the earth.

-- When you're not handsome, it pays to be handy -- Pa

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#1 posted 12-18-2020 03:33 PM

Holy Cow, that is flat out amazing.

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#2 posted 12-18-2020 04:02 PM

Legacy Toy is right!
I foresee many generations enjoying this beautiful doll house.
Good job grandpa!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 12-18-2020 05:36 PM

thats pretty damn cool chris,your grandkids are gonna treasure that.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 12-18-2020 05:43 PM

Beautiful doll house. It should last for many generations.

I’m just in the process of doing minor repairs to the porch posts of a similar one I built for my daughter 44 years ago. It was made of solid redwood. Unfortunately she had two boys so it will have to wait for another generation to get played with again but she still has it on display. I made two at first. One for my daughter and a second for a associate at works two daughters (he paid for the materials.) I then got so much pressure from other friends to make more I made 4 more. Mass production is a bit faster but not for the hand split shingles, 1600 for each house.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-18-2020 09:50 PM

Really nice work .

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#6 posted 12-19-2020 01:15 AM

Really nice project!!!
Well done!!!
I’ve build a couple of these so know how much work is involved. :-]

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#7 posted 12-19-2020 03:00 PM

Wonderful job Chris.
Correct on future generations. I made four houses in the past, now the great-great granddaughters are catching up with me. Three of the previous four houses still exist and I’m 80 years old. Need to get going on the newest house before my time is up.

-- DonB

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#8 posted 12-19-2020 03:32 PM

you not only made a little girl very happy also not a beautiful dollhouse but you have made a very nice heirloom to be handed down many times GREAT JOB :<)) looking forward to seeing your models

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 12-20-2020 04:21 AM

Awesome looking doll house! Great work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 01-13-2021 12:09 AM

That is one fantastic dolls house, well done sir.
PLUS thank you for were you got the plans, much appreciated.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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