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Project by brevort posted 01-13-2012 04:40 AM 31669 views 36 times favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago our son…. aka javajake.... asked me to build a dollhouse for his 3 daughters as their Christmas present. Since those 3 princesses of his are pretty special to this Papa, I knew I wanted to create something extra nice. I decided a 1:12 replica of our log home would be a good reminder for them of “Papa’s house”, since the miles between us keep them from visiting as often as we’d like.

For this project, I used White Pine cut from our property and left over from the build of our house. I did purchase birch plywood for the “tongue and groove” flooring. The grooves were made with a modified saw blade, which after stain was applied, gave a realistic look. The pine ceilings were grooved in this same way.

I gave my wife the responsibility of designing and cutting the roof shingles and the fireplace insert. The fireplace was drawn in Inkscape. The shingles were cut from heavy, textured card stock which I painted green before adhering to the roof. She used her Silhouette Cameo (plotter/cutter) for cutting the 600 plus 12 inch by 1 inch rows of shingles. For more on this you can take a look here.

As is often the case, the project took longer than I anticipated. I had originally planned to furnish the dollhouse with furniture and kitchen cabinets. However, it took a full 3 months to complete, and believe me… I spent some very long days (and nights) working on it. With my wife helping the last couple of days of gluing shingles on the roof, I finished the project at midnight the night before we had to leave to deliver it.

-- Rick

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 04:45 AM

The girls love it! :-)

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 04:58 AM

When can I move in? Love the Chimney ..Heck… love the whole house! Looks great!

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

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 05:16 AM

Wow…this is awesome.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 05:30 AM

damn thats way better than the one i made last year

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 05:41 AM

WOW ! very nice

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 05:51 AM

That is serious. Wow.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 05:52 AM

That’s one grand Doll house looks like it’s made for a princess or two.


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#8 posted 01-13-2012 06:01 AM

There must be 3 very happy little girls after getting this. Very Nice job.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 06:32 AM


Fabulous house (and doll house, too)! Now get those granddaughters into woodworking so they can make the furniture for it!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 10:18 AM

really incredible project, love that it’s a scale version of your own home

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 11:45 AM

wooow nice.

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 12:42 PM

Great job! Man thats nice…. Great looking home as well. That Blondie and I goal. 9 more yrs until we retire and buy a log home with a nice big shop. What lake is that your home on?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 01-13-2012 01:16 PM

Fabulous doll house! Your girls are really lucky to get such a fine gift and I bet they will cherish it forever. Beautiful work by a loving father.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 01-13-2012 01:46 PM

WOW! where do you keep such a large doll house?

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#15 posted 01-13-2012 02:40 PM

You couldnt make three of them? just kidding. Its truely amazing!

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