Fairy Door

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Project by redtail posted 05-26-2022 08:25 PM 557 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a Fairy Door I made for my granddaughter. It is installed on the baseboard of a wall in our basement. There is a box behind the door that fits into the space behind the drywall. The idea is that There will be surprises waiting for her when she comes to visit.

The door is made from cherry, the frame is tiger maple and the door knob, sill and roof are curly walnut.

I also found an old Chinese coin on eBay and pressure fit it into a hole in the door to act as a window.

The tricky part was to align the hinges since the door/fame has a curved edge. The axis of each hinge had to line up.

There is a small magnet in the frame and a metal plate on the back of the door to keep it latched.


Reinforcing frame joints:

Shaping door knob:

Installing hinges:

On the wall:

The first time my granddaughter used the door she broke the hinges. I expected this and had several more hinges available. Instead I switched to leather straps as hinges. I think these will be more durable.

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#1 posted 05-26-2022 09:06 PM

A good looking piece, like the idea of the space behind and that it can actually be used. Granddaughter should really have fun with it and will remember years later.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 05-26-2022 09:13 PM

Nice little project to share with your granddaughter. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 05-26-2022 09:49 PM

Wow!! Intricate hinge install, trouble enough on straight lumber and big enough to handle.

Bet she loves it. My G-Kids would in the past, now 11 to 15 Y/O, but they still go over to the toy chest when we aren’t looking.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#4 posted 05-27-2022 12:25 AM

The coin/window is a great touch to a cool little project.
I bet she loves it too.
Way to go Grandpa!

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#5 posted 05-27-2022 12:55 AM

that is one of the coolest things ive ever seen.i can only imagine the excitement everytime she will visit and run to see the surprise behind the little door.hey when she gets older you can put cell phones and jewelry in it.;-))

-- 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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#6 posted 05-27-2022 01:56 AM

What a fun project! Memories will be made. What are you planning for the first surprise?

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#7 posted 05-27-2022 02:00 AM

What a fun project! Memories will be made. What are you planning for the first surprise?

- BB1

The first visit will be Monday and the door is already set with two figurines. Daniel Tiger and a friend. She is 2.5yo

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#8 posted 05-27-2022 01:27 PM

This will be a forever bonding relationship between you two. Your grand daughter may be wanting to come over more these days. Nice touching project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 05-27-2022 10:34 PM

Well done, and a labor or love!



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#10 posted 05-28-2022 02:07 AM

Cute. Looks great too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 05-30-2022 09:58 PM

Cool project looks great.


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