Doll chest

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Project by MinDan posted 12-23-2010 06:57 AM 1925 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a doll chest that i built for my 9 year old daughter’s birthday. It holds her two American girl dolls. I now have built something for three of my children and have three more to go. This doll chest does have a couple secret compartments. One drawer has a false bottom. The shelf on the center section over the drawer pulls out to reveal a compartment behind the drawer. The bed also has some storage although its not so hidden. My kids see my secret compartments as my trademark. I used box joints to make the frames of the three boxes. With a wolfcraft pro doweling jig I joined the backs together. All the wood used is 1/2 inch thick oak. When I make another one for my youngest daughter I will use a lighter wood. On the drawers I did not use dovetails but I also did not use any nails, which is a first for me. The drawers use rabbet joints to attache the sides and back. I used a water base mahogany stain and high gloss polyurethane. I struggled with the stain and had to re-sand once. I may be tempted to sand some of it again. The next doll chest will be stained with a lighter color. As I build different things I have learned I should have bought a better table saw. I currently have an inexpensive craftsman 10 inch. The big issue is the miter gauge which has a lot of play. It causes me to spend a lot of time trying to make the box joints. The slop also made it easier for one of my dado cuts on this project to shift. The tabs on the miter track make it almost impossible to use a better miter gauge. I may build a sled to ride over the top of the saw to help solve some of the issues. The sled will be stabilized by guides riding on the outside of the table. My band saw is a Grizzly 513 17 inch and it is awesome. I would not trade that at all. I also heavily use a Ryobi oscillating belt/drum sander. My dust collector is a modified harbor-freight dust collector mounted on a feed grinder cyclone which vents outside. It does help although to protect me from irritating my lung infection I now use a MSA respirator. I am borrowing a porter cable router which is in a wolfcraft table from a very gracious friend. I also have an old sears router and a master-force plunge router.

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 07:09 AM

cool Chest :-)
well done
some one is going to be very happy in the near future

Merry Chrismas and Happy New-year


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#2 posted 12-23-2010 08:32 AM

Great looking doll chest. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 12-23-2010 08:54 AM

That is really clever. Looks great—the dolls in the last photo scared me a bit :)

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#4 posted 12-23-2010 09:27 AM

beautiful work.

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2010 12:48 PM

Very cool, I really like the last pic showing us the dolls and the clothes hanging up. Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 01:55 PM

Awesome! I really love this. I hope she has it forever. You did yourself proud.

-- Tom

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#7 posted 12-23-2010 04:26 PM

Very nicely done – I am sure she will cherish the cabinet.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 01:08 AM

Beautiful I am sure your daughter will put that to good use for many years.
I’m glad you posted a pic of what the dolls look like in it too, it shows it off a bit better.

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 12-24-2010 05:36 AM

To take the play out of your miter guage, I’ve used an inexpensive awl (mine is a Craftsman that came with a set of screwdrivers) and punched divits in the side of the miter guage. Placed in the right spots and deep enough and you will eliminate the slop. Good luck, Merry Christmas.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#10 posted 12-24-2010 05:39 PM

I have been asked countless times by my bride to build one of these for my youngest. Looks like I found a beautiful one to take notes from. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 12-24-2010 07:05 PM

Wondeful design – very creative. I am sure this will be around for generations!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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