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A Dolls House for my Grandaughter

Composition
Concrete base HDF
Floor section Plywood
Walls MDF
Roof Sections Ply and MDF with natural timber for the trims and gutters
Downpipes and Red carry handles are plastic handles boiled up and reshaped
Windows Perspex
Stairs HDF and natural timber
Wirlybirds/handles, again plastic

Fixing
Butt jointed Titebond III and Brad Nails

Finishings:
Floors stained and sealed with a one coat product
Walls and roof sections all sealed with sanding sealer
Finalcoats
Bathrooms Oil based white gloss
Everything else Acrilic High Gloss.

Hours to complete:
Too many but I worked part time for over 1 month, the main reason was assembies were produced then left to allow the glue to dry.

Much the same for the paint work, do a section/colour then wait for it to dry.

Production Methods:
Cutting of materials, The table saw
Windows, Templates made then used the router/spindle Shaper to remove the waste and do the rounding
Back deck roof, cut on the table saw then rebated on the shaper
The deck Merbau or Tallowood recycled from cutoffs.

Mistakes Made:

Lots of them, some cosmetic and some "not as the As Built Design" however they were causing more damage to fix so they stayed
Managed to nail my finger with my air stapler.
Spent too much money!

For example there is over $200.00 in paint products, brushs glue tape alone.

Overall a very challenging task, it seems the smaller you make things from the "normal" the cost is inversly proportional.

Would I do it again?

For the family, I would recommend visiting Ana White and use a ready made product
For business or profit yes but I would advise the customer of an approximate cost up front.

Value
To my son and Grandaughter pricless as its a scale replica of their home
If I was to sell it for a profit I estimate $800 - $900 without a doubt, and thats with all the bugs all out.

I have a couple of hidden cookies included within the house see if you can spot them!

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this is awesome! Any architect would be proud to have this in their office! Your GD will love it for sure, thanks for posting
 

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Thanks Albachippie
Interesting you should say that,the Architect is a Uncle of my son, and no doubt that he will be giving it a critical once over, and possibly wanting to "borrow" it.
 

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It is truly awesome. Great job.
 

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Very nice to say the least. Attention to detail and scale is perfect. It looks like you will be busy furnishing the house over the next few years.
 

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Outstanding! However, my two grandaughters wouldn't have room for it anywhere in the house- unless my son kept one car in the driveway.
 

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Outstanding, awesome, and most excellent! Looks more like an architect 's mockup/model than a little girl's dollhouse-your granddaughter is going to love it-that is, if your son lets her play with it.
 

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That is just outstanding.. I have built a few things simular, but a lot less complex. Doll tables, doll desk and the like. I can not even think of the work that went into this project. From one grandpa to another, you did an awesome job.
 

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That came out great. Nice attention to details. she'll love it.
 

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I just have a problem with the choice of color but that is pretty astonishing.
 

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That is just amazing. The detail like gutters and downspouts adds a real touch of class. You are a shoo in for grampa of the year!
 

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Ok, nobody bit on the "hidden cookies included within the house". I have been looking too long…please tell :)
 

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OK,
The cookies
My son didn't pick up on them either. So its no doubt that my effort on a little humour was a fail.

Anyway in the Pictures I added some "funnies"

1. On the downstairs roof off picture there is a picture of a naked woman in the shower.
2. In the upstairs roof off picture there is a picture of my grandson Rocky sitting on the toilet trying out his new Toilet trainer seat.
 

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This is awsome. I love your attention to detail, like the gutters and downspouts.
Very cool!
 

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Now that is a dolls house, wow that is incredible. I am sure that's brought a lot of joy to a very lucky lady. Absolutely incredible!!! I wish I had seen this when I made my first attempt at woodwork. I made one for my granddaughter and was like an old shack compared to this but regardless she plays with it every day so I can be thankful for that
 
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