DH Dolls house

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Blog series by robscastle updated 11-30-2012 08:21 AM 7 parts 29343 reads 3 comments total

Part 1: The start

11-20-2012 10:19 AM by robscastle | 0 comments »

My son has a young daughter Caitlin, and he asked me to build her a Dolls House. A fairly simple project that I thought I could knock over one weekend. Well its now into the third week and I am finding that attempting to recreate an existing house from 1:100 scale plans challenging to say the least. I had heaps of 12mm MDF so I thought I would use that. I made heaps of templates for the windows as every one appeared to have different dimensions. The process I used was:m...

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Part 2: Making the internal stairs

11-20-2012 10:35 AM by robscastle | 0 comments »

The stairs took quite a lot of time, mostly experimenting on what would look scale accurate.I built up the first set of stairs, then the landing then the second set. Once I had a reasonable result added the sides and internal wall and the external wall I made the hand rail using rounding over and a small cove bit. Cut the rails from 5mm dowel and then set about drilling and fitting everything together Talk about being fiddly !! The bottom plate has a groove routed into it to ...

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Part 3: Painting everything

11-20-2012 10:49 AM by robscastle | 1 comment »

With all the walls complete I started painting everything. first off sanding sealer was appliedthen all the internal walls were doneI must add a thank you to,Elaine DuncanThe Paint Place Cannon Hill. Elaine and her brother provided valuable paint advice on timber stain for the floors.After about three trips in one day to the shop and experimenting with various finishes the floors looked great I found that painting such small walls and areas like the WC which was only 65mm wide proved...

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Part 4: The cost of minaturisation

11-22-2012 08:12 PM by robscastle | 1 comment »

Well here we are and another week gone, (week 3) whilst working part time on the Dolls House Project. Not a lot of progress, in fact I had to remove all the roof sections due to insufficent overhang on the eaves. This is the before shot. Then this is how how it looks now You may say why bother its just a Dolls house, as I did initally. However I found that I knew it was incorrect and made the decision to replace it rather than spend time attempting to justify why I left it that wa...

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Part 5: week 4 work

11-23-2012 10:20 AM by robscastle | 1 comment »

Hello fellow LJs Another week has passed, and I have made some progress with the Dolls House worth reporting.After the roof rebuild drama I got motivated and now have all the Flooring attached to each respective floor, and I have started fitting a series of red lifting handles.The handles are going onto areas within each section so the pick up and movement of the individual modules can be carried out without disturbing the inside fitout. Intersting enough the main external roof has...

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Part 6: weekend work on the DH roof sections

11-25-2012 06:55 AM by robscastle | 0 comments »

Well I did the rough out of the roof for the kitchen and verandah. The cutting of perpex is one messy job!Seems the shavings have some bizzare attraction to me any other tool I was using on it.Talk about stick like the proverbial, what gives? Hey I took a couple of pictures with my phone, looking in the staircase window, its like the real thing if you didnt know any better Anyway the perspex sections I rebated, I used my shaper on them, the wood frame my trusty table saw. Som...

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Part 7: Task Complete

11-30-2012 08:21 AM by robscastle | 0 comments »

Well its finished,I have a few left over process pictures left but dont want to bore you with them, The plans and most of the jigs are still avilable so if its something that interests you drop me a line or two. In my finished project post I eluded to some “cookies” within the pictures. Being a bit of a humourous person and always good for a prank or two, I added two “cookies” within the house pictures.It was mainly forthe entertainment of imediate family howerer...

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