American Girl Doll Beds

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 12-30-2013 03:12 AM 1742 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year for Christmas I built a pair of beds for my daughter’s American Girl dolls: Saige and Julie. I found some poplar boards at Home Depot that were meant to be shelf boards, but at 48×8 x 3/4 inches for $5 they have turned out to be a good source of cheap wood that already has two flat and smooth sides.

I played around with the design a bit on sketchup until I got something I liked. The head and foot boards are assembled using miniature mortise and tenon joinery and the vertical dowels are set in loose. The rails are attached using a dowel to prevent rotation and a pocket screw to pull it together tightly. The knobs on the top of the pink bed are not glued on, but can come off and the dowels fit into holes in the bottom of the blue bed so they can be stacked as bunkbeds. I used my scroll saw to cut out the initials on the headboard.

We found some 1-inch foam at JoAnne’s and my wife sewed up a mattress cover. Now they just need a quilt, but that is a project for Grandma. I had to wrap them in a huge box and my daughter was excited to have a present that big. She was pretty pleased with the gift.

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 04:24 AM

Very nice doll beds that I am sure two young ladies are going to enjoy for a long time.

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 05:48 PM

They are really pretty, like the classy design and cool colors. Great job!

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 04:56 AM

Very nice design, a great idea to make them stack able.

-- Donovan

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