American Girl Doll Swing

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Project by Bill Butler posted 03-24-2008 03:53 AM 3703 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece, a very precocious 11 year old, is very hard to shop for in terms of gifts and such. While wandering a craft fair one late November last year we happened upon a gentleman selling doll furniture, and in particular a swing sized for the American Doll format. The magical statement from my better half was uttered, the statement I know we have all heard from time to time: “Honey, you should be able to build something like that.”

Of course I gave it my best shot and this is what I came up with using scraps of pine and oak and a half hour at the band saw. I stained the swing, and gave the entire thing several spray coats of MinWax satin. I thought the frame was kinda boring, so I asked my niece the names of the various dolls she had and proceeded to letter them on as an added interest.

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 04:37 AM

Nice piece. My 9 year old granddaughter is into the American Dolls too. Could you share the dimensions of your swing? Would love to give her a little surprise.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 04:40 AM


This is a very nice project and I am sure that your niece really appreciated it. It was made from “scraps”, you were able to give your niece a gift that she enjoyed, you confirmed your wife’s belief in your abilities and you got some shop time out of it. Sounds like a winner to me.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 05:03 AM

I will have to get back to you on the dimensions. The fact that I was even able to post this today was that I happened to be over her house for Easter and realized I never had any photos of this item. I will be up there again in the next month and will bring a measuring instrument.

Since I did it with scraps, I didn’t have a formal cut plan, all I had were two doll dimensions I used as reference. Height of doll from hips to head (the dolls don’t have articulated knees), and the shoulder width of the doll.

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 02:18 PM

These are the kind of gifts that are worth so much more than one that you buy from a store, It says I took the time to build this for you, that is priceless.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 03:49 PM

The added names give an exclusive effect to her collection.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 01:28 AM

Great looking swing. I have a 2 year old granddaughter that will probably be getting into dolls one of these days. You did a very nice job on the swing . Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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