My First Doll House.....Honest!

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Project by pickpapa posted 07-29-2012 03:36 AM 2755 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while since my last posting but here’s one for the books. This story began at the Thanksgiving table 2011. My sister said she was hoping the dollhouse she wanted for her daughter would be back one sale before Christmas. Come to find out, it was wooden and Toys R Us wanted $300 for it. I told her that was too much to spend and would be happy to build her one. I ended up not having enough time before Christmas, so we decided to shoot for her birthday this July.
I had no clue how long it would take, so I didn’t start soon enough. We gave it to her today and I was up till 11 last night painting muntons on the windows. Last minute stuff is always fun. I have a total of 92 hours in this little weekend project.
The size is 50 1/2 inches side to side, 17 inches front to back and 56 inches tall. It’s three storys plus the attic. That is one lesson I learned. When building a dollhouse, or any other LARGE project, make sure it fits in the van first! I ended up having to take out a shelving/storage unit inside my van just to get this thing in on its side. Thank the Lord I didn’t have to go to the U-haul and rent a truck.
The material goes like this:
Main structure is 1/2 inch pine ply ac; The exterior ledger boards and casings are Spanish Cedar; The Board and Batton is Poplar; The floor on the sun deck is cypress; The handrails are Mahogany; The ballisters are sinker pine; The name plate/address is sinker cypress; The roof is western red cedar shakes which I hand split myself with an old steak knife and a hammer; The front door is Eastern Aromatic Cedar which my 80 year old father used to build a cedar chest in high school wood shop somewhere around 1950. It has a whittled maple knob; The three ladders, of which you can only see two, are Antique Heart Pine which was recycled from a one hundred year old barn. That’s eleven different species on this one. Almost as much as my table. I finished the exterior with only one good coat of teak oil. The interior was primed with Kilz interior oil base primer. I made the ladders removable so when she paints the inside, they won’t have to work around them.
This sweet little one just turned five and it was time to really bless her with something grand. I thank my Lord for the talents given me to use to bless someone so special. Of course mommy and grandma were quite blessed as well.
Thanks for looking and please feel free to pic my brain on this. It should be easy because I think this one turned it to mush.
Pickkpapa….... aka Chuck

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 03:45 AM

Beautiful looking house that will be cherished for a long time. With that many hours in it yours would be valued at a lot more then 300 as well.

-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 05:30 AM

A ton of work there. Nicely done…................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 07-29-2012 06:57 AM

Fantastic Chuck! You win the uncle of the year award! Very nice doll house and something to be proud of!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 07-29-2012 07:10 AM

Chuck that is a great dolls house

The wee lassie looks well happy

It sure was worth the extra time

to get a bespoke dolls house.

Now you can make lots of minature

furniture. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 07-29-2012 07:27 AM

Very cool. She will love it for ages.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#7 posted 07-29-2012 12:01 PM

Chuck, that is one great doll house. i love the details you added to make so real looking. That $300 model at the toy store would not hold a candle to you creation!! Nice going,...........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-29-2012 01:40 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 07-29-2012 04:31 PM

Doll house is an understatement. This is more like a doll mansion! Great job! That first picture really shows how big it really is. Wow.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#10 posted 07-29-2012 05:05 PM

Great Doll house, now you will have to make the furnisings that go inside. Thanks for sharing.

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#11 posted 07-29-2012 05:07 PM

Store bought doll house=300.00
Your beautiful doll house=PRICELESS!!!
Great Job! I too think you should win uncle of the year award!
Thanks for sharing.

You are truly talented:):)

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 07-29-2012 05:09 PM

Amazing work!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#13 posted 07-29-2012 05:19 PM

92 hours at minimum wage, plus materials and creation time. Hmmm. And this doll mansion now has to be filled with furniture? LOL! She is a blessed child to have you in here life. Nice piece. Would you build a second?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 07-29-2012 05:29 PM

Wow, that’s some great work Chuck. The attention to detail really sets it off.

-- Doug

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#15 posted 07-29-2012 05:50 PM

Great job, a lifetime of fun there.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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