American Girl Bed and Chest

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 12-18-2010 05:23 AM 2017 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed and faux chest of drawers for the American Girl doll that Santa is bringing my granddaughter. They are made of quarter sawn red oak and are finished with a 1/2 walnut, 1/2 mahogany stain to simulate an arts and crafts finish. Final finish was a diluted poly with additional stain added and wiped on.

I was having a problem finding a and c drawer pulls, when my wife remembered some hand hammered copper buttons her mother had purchased when on a trip to the west coast during WWII. It seems that they cost the enormous sum of $.59. I ground off the back and epoxyed them to screw plugs. I think that the effect is pretty good.

Grandma made the bed cloths and is madly finishing a quilt even as I type this. Surprisingly, the most expensive part of this project was the foam for the mattress.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 05:32 AM

Very nice work. Grandma was sitting here and saw these. I guess you know what she wants me to make now. Beautiful job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 06:19 AM

You sir, are a genius. Thank god my two daughters don’t hang out on this site or I would never hear the end of it. Very nice indeed. You don’t by chance happen to have any plans that you may be willing to share by chance, do you?

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#3 posted 12-18-2010 06:23 AM

Wow! These are great. Thanks for sharing.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 07:09 AM

Very good details on your work. This is a project well done!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 12-18-2010 07:10 AM

Wow is right. These are just stunning. I am finishing three doll beds I just made and this puts me to shame. How did you make the legs for the bed? Did you glue on the top and bottom pieces? Also, what did you use to bevel the top of the dresser…a router? again. wonderful.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#6 posted 12-18-2010 07:25 AM


NICE work! That’s awesome. I’m sure your granddaughter is going to love it. What the scale you used?

Next project – an appropriately scaled, fully-furnished, doll house?? That will keep you busy!

Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 12-18-2010 07:57 AM

Very awesome. should make a little girl very happy

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#8 posted 12-18-2010 08:46 AM

Fantastic work… thanks for sharing.

-- Stillcruizin after all these years.. Greg, Melbourne, Australia.

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#9 posted 12-18-2010 12:09 PM

Cool, awesome has been over used :-)) Marvelous too!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-18-2010 01:30 PM

Soooooooooo cute!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 12-18-2010 03:11 PM

Great job. I’m sure they’ll be treasured keepsakes well beyond childhood.

-- Larry

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#12 posted 12-18-2010 11:10 PM

Very very nice! I am thinking of making a new bed for myself and I think I may have just found the design I want to base it on, however I feel I may have to scale it up a tad lol.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#13 posted 12-19-2010 06:43 AM


We love your story about the hardware! Make sure you keep that bit of provenance with the set so when Antiques Roadshow appraises it 100 years from now, they will say, “Without the written documentation of the provenance of this set, it would be worth $1,000, but with this documentation, it is easily worth $250,000!”

Your granddaughter is blessed!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 12-19-2010 07:38 AM

I love this a & c bed. Never seen one for a doll before, but it’s a great idea. Yours turned out fantastic. Love the faux chest and knob idea. Wonderful project all the way around!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#15 posted 12-19-2010 07:54 AM

this is quite amazing. your granddaughter is bound to love this one of a kind gift!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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