Doll Beds with Trundles

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Project by spunwood posted 12-19-2010 08:33 PM 1824 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend at church asked if I could make doll beds for her grandaughters this Christmas. I oblidged and got a third order from a friend at work.

This was a successful use of mortise and tenon joints made with the table saw sled (tenons) and a forstner bit (mortises). I enjoyed routing the details in the top of alll the legs, thought I needed to do several repairs due to insufficient clamping. The finish is dewaxed shellac, General Finishes milk paint (Snow White), an Minwax’s Polycrylic.

Stephanie painted the ivy/flowering plants on the beds with Acrylic paint in between the GF Finish & the Minwax.

I am beginning to take more time selecting the wood, milling it all to the right sizes and labeling and planning out cuts and problems & that is making it fun and enjoyable. I am still shocked by how long this all takes, especially the finishing.

I am also learning to use a brush to evenlly distribute the finish.

I took as my starting point jolsenoh's full sized twin bed.

I meant to get a picture with our new kitten in one of the beds, or my wife’s American Girl doll (Felicity). Poor Felicity spent a few very cold nights in the garage. My wife wrapped a blue shop towel shawl around her, but the weather was well below freezing! How cruel.

Oh, Stephanie wants to add that they are very durable and tough enough to hold a young child.

Thanks for looking.


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

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 08:39 PM

These doll beds will be a wonderful gift to the little girls and it looks like you took a lot of care with them. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 08:41 PM

Bran they are adorable.

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 09:34 PM

nice job. That looks like a sturdy design. The paint is a nice touch.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 03:45 AM

Those beds look great.This is my next project for my 2 Granddaughters. What are the dimensions if I may ask.

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 03:52 AM

I’ll PM you…not that this is any secret, but I often forget to check the messages I leave.

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

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