Dollhouse Bookcase for Christmas

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Project by SWM posted 01-11-2010 08:27 AM 2337 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pottery Barn sells this thing for $400. A couple MDF scraps (probably a little over 1 full sheet in total), 3 late nights filled with lots of mdf sawdust and we have the exact same thing for about $35. This thing is should stand the test of time, It weights over 100lbs. I dadoed all the joints and added extra layers to the base to make it very stable, even with a 2 year old on top! Our daughter loves the new playhouse and wife loves the extra storage in her room. Hopefully, I’ll learn to start these projects a little sooner. We put the final coats of paint on the dollhouse around 10pm on Christmas Eve. Left the fans on all night so that it would be ready for action.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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Tom Goodman

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 09:14 AM

Outstanding ! $35.oo ! what a savings. And I’m sure it will last for years to come.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 03:10 PM

I’ll bet this is much better built than the $400 one. And it will mean more also.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 06:22 PM

yup – I built one of those in 2003 – all out of scrap plywood and scrap hardwood – it is still in heavy use:
PB - copy doll house

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 10:24 PM

I built one a few years ago..Mine using a bunch of Homedepot grade pine. Yours is very nice..

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