Two Dollhouses

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Project by spanky46 posted 1676 days ago 2150 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in the late spring my cousin called me to see if the offer to use my shop was still open and could I help him with a project! I said of course it would be fun! About 18 years ago he fell from some scaffolding and broke his back. Paralyzed from the mid chest down he only gets around in a wheelchair. Since we both have granddaughters he thought we both could build dollhouses for them for Christmas. His wife found a plan she liked and so we would build two dollhouses just alike except for floors, paint, wallpaper, etc. 1/12th scale. We started in late September thinking that would be lots of time! Although they both got them on Christmas they were not done until New years! Way more work than either of us anticipated. All three floors are on separate switches!

Things we bought.
Clapboard siding
Front and back doors
Electrical Kit
Hardwood flooring

Things we made.
Windows- Plexiglas with saw kerfs filled with white-out Casings Jams Trim
Railings & Spindles- inside and out including posts
Porch floors
Door jams, casing & trim

All walls and framing is 3/8 MDF.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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David Craig

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#1 posted 1676 days ago

One thing I learned so far about making Christmas presents is that if I don’t start in January, hang it up :)

Very detailed project and the complexity must have been alot of fun overall. Not to mention the time spent working on a project together. I can’t imagine how much that must have meant to your cousin. Separate lights for each floor? Either you are teaching energy conservation early or that realism bug kicked in and you two wanted to go all out. Your granddaughters must be thrilled and they are very lucky to have such caring grandfathers.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 1676 days ago

Outstanding! I have always wanted to make one, just never seen to get the time…..

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#3 posted 1676 days ago

Get out of here… that is outrageous… no wonder I have not heard from you for a while Larry…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 1676 days ago

awesome build and a great story with it my hat of for you


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#5 posted 1676 days ago

That is a fantastic job. I bet it was harder than building a full size house.

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#6 posted 1676 days ago

Wow that’s agreat doll house

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1676 days ago

Hey Spanky;

That’s a really nice project. I’m sure it was very time consuming! Those “EASY” ones always are.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1676 days ago

I agree, I bet they are harder to build than a real house!! Some dollies are going to have very comfortable homes with MANY happy owners as it goes down the generations, very cool.

-- Jen loves wood!

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#9 posted 1675 days ago

Very impressive dollhouses! You guys did a great job on them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 1675 days ago

i love the lights…and the close-up shots look like a real house…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 1675 days ago


Many many many children through the ages will enjoy these amazing creations. Family heirlooms for sure.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 1675 days ago

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! Yes my granddaughter loves it.
For more pics of the building of these dollhouses go to….

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#13 posted 1675 days ago

Great Stuff. I don’t think I would have the patience to do something like that.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 1669 days ago

dam can i rent a room or a house? the rent will be on time. i just need space for my shop though.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 567 days ago

What a beautiful doll house. The kids must have been overjoyed. Thanks for posting and the house is now in my favorites should I need some inspiration and ideas some day…..all the best

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