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Why buy it when you can make it! #28: Doll House [Part 1] - My wife asked if I wanted to do any woodworking this past weekend

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 12-29-2014 05:09 PM 1455 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’ve had unseasonably nice weather in my neck of the woods this past weekend. After a few days of family time and activities for Christmas, my wife asked me if I was going to take advantage of the nice weather this past Saturday to get some woodworking done. Since she offered, I couldn’t refuse and wanted to come up with a project to work on.

On Saturday morning, I asked my daughter (she’s 3) what she wanted me to make her, and she said a wooden cutting board. I thought it could be a nice experiment to try to mill some hardwood lumber with hand tools. While we were in the basement storage area trying to scrounge up a small pieces of hardwood, I spotted a project that has been in limbo, her would-be play kitchen. The design for the kitchen was completely borked, but it dawned on me that the parts could be redeemed to become a doll house for my daughter’s new Christmas presents: Calico Critters and a matching furniture set.

This project is proving to be a good use of my stock pile of salvaged MDF and panel board. Saturday was spent cutting additional dados, splitting the carcass to make two units, and thoroughly sanding the parts. The evening and Sunday was spent priming the parts before assembly. I forgot to grab pictures throughout the process. I plan on assembling the carcass tonight, with some progress pictures.

PS: When I dry fit the project and asked my daughter what it was, she said it was a “bookshelf”. She also tried to climb onto it.

-- paxorion



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