Sophi's American Girl Doll Bed

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Project by lysdexic posted 09-07-2011 04:29 AM 9463 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This my second project in my shop. My first was a Pinewood Derby car. I completed it about a year ago. It is a bed for my daughter or more specifically for her American Girl doll. The only design criteria demanded by her was that it had to wide enough so that the doll could have a sleep over.

No plan – just a rough sketch

The wood is given to me as some scrap cherry cut- offs. The tenon wedges are slivers of walnut.I was eager to try some wedged mortise and tenon Joinery.

Not much to it. Thanks for looking

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 05:17 AM

It looks really good.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 05:25 AM

Lysdexic, this is a very nice bed you made!
Nice details!

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I did a project like this for my girls, lots of fun.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 08:30 AM

Wow, i thought that was a full sized bed until i seen the tools to give it perspective. nice detail.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-07-2011 03:33 PM

Thats a really nice bed, I made canopy bed a few months ago for my neice. I like how you did the joinery. I used mortice and tennon as well, but I did not run the tennons the whole way through

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 05:11 AM

The staggered through tenons are a nice touch. Remind me of some of the things Krenov did.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 08:42 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I noticed that my mortises came out a uniform 1/32 too large. I never figured out what I did wrong. Is probably from using the wrong technique prying the waste out with my chisel.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty

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#7 posted 09-08-2011 03:04 PM

I noticed on the inside of the joint. This is one reason to chop the shoulder in a tenon (in other words not do full width tenons) as the shoulder hides these kinds for inconsistencies very well. Full width tenons have there place though, they speed things up and make things stronger.

Prettier than my first mortises though. They only get better from here, so you are well on your way at this point.

Curious since you mentioned it. How do you lay out/execute the joint?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 08:10 AM

Well done! I’ve just been introduced to AG Dolls as my 6 year old is now very much into them. I will say that I was shocked at their costs based one nearly identical dolls selling for 1/3 the cost. She’s gotten two from Grandma so far. The things like beds are something I just can’t justify as far as the costs. Your project is easily $100+ if it carriend the AG name. Well done. I just posted a piano konck off a few days ago. The $155 sticker on the AG one made it a no brainer to attempt to build. Nice to be able to see them smile at these ones. Keep them coming.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 03:08 PM

Great job Do u have the measurements of the different pieces?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 03:54 PM

Ike – No, I am sure that I threw my sketches away. But I can remeasure if you like.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty

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