American Girl Doll House and Bed Just in Time for Christmas

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Project by Lazyman posted 12-25-2014 05:05 PM 1202 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My sister asked if I was interested in making a doll house for my niece this Christmas. Since I wasn’t in the middle of a project, I told her I would help her out. Because American Girl dolls are 18” tall, this thing is gigantic. Each floor is 24” tall, 20” deep and 5’ long so with the attic/roof section it is over 6’ tall. It is made out of 1/2” plywood with hardboard back. I added wainscot turned sideways for siding and actual wainscot in one room and in place of hardboard back for the attic. I resawed some thin shingles out cedar fence pickets for the roof. We just used peel and stick vinyl floor tile for 2 rooms and we will add some carpet remnants for the other 2.

Because this thing is so big, each floor is a separate piece so that we could actually transport it without a pickup truck. Not shown are 2 trim pieces that go down each side to hold the first 2 floors together and I added 2 cleats on the back of the attic to prevent it from sliding forward. I warned them that they need to anchor it to the wall just like a tall bookcase to prevent it from being pulled over.

As a bonus I used some thin scraps from a previous project to make a bed.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 12-25-2014 07:47 PM

A great job, on will become a family heirloom!!!
Your niece is going to love doing the interior decorating….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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