Another Request from my Daughter - Doll Bed

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Project by USCJeff posted 09-13-2011 01:31 AM 1393 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was part request and part me being frugal. My 6 yr old had been wanting an American Girl Doll for a few months now (A friend had an American Girl Bday party). I don’t shop for dolls much and was floored when learning they started around $100. IMO, her Walmart/ Toys R Us dolls are just fine. No one asks me though. Grandma came to the rescue and sprung this one on her a few days ago after learning “Kanani” was her favorite. Naturally, she now wants the furniture and outfit. The beds cost as much as the doll. Just couldn’t bring myself to paying that much for it.

The bed is made from paint grade pine and the like you see at the Big Box stores. I wasn’t staining, so the species wasn’t an issue. I used screws and putty for speed b/c of the paint as well. There is no tricky joinery. Every thing is screwed end grain to face, the one exception being the posts on the head board. They are glued. I used plain acrylic hobby shop paint and mixed in some type of glitter additive I found in the craft buckets. I’m no artist, so my wife is taking over on the project from here. She’s planing on doing some floral stenciling eventually. She’s also started a light purple mattress for it as well. She had me cut hardboard to fit flush in the bed. She’s using stuffing and fabric wrapped around the hardboard for the mattress. The Doll is 18”, so I went for making the bed and mattress 4” inches larger.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 01:30 PM

Welcome to the stratospheric priced world of high end dolls! Your daughter will show off her new gorgeous bed to all her friends and proudly tell them her dad and mom made it it. Anybody can buy a doll or furniture, this is extra special. Nice work – keep on being frugal.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 06:45 PM

when one honey to do list seems to get the bottom
there is always another honey to take over making new list´s …... LOL
and you better ceep both smiling :-)

thank´s for sharing to ceep the toolbudget balanced
I hope you got a new tool as well you know every knew project on the honey list´s
demand a new tool in the shop before it can be made ….. LOL

hope you get the big payment smile and kiss check from your new costummer :-)


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