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Project by vipond33 posted 01-26-2012 03:16 AM 2751 views 15 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a soft spot in every man’s heart for his daughter and mine came a week after my 50th birthday, my first and only child.

I knew she would have many toys, trinkets and games from me, a woodworker who loved his craft and loved her; so when she came of an age that imaginative play kicked up a notch into realism, I made her this playhouse.

In a bit of a departure for me it is a riot of 15 different woods, for I know kids really don’t get subtlety, they just like variety (though I still patterned matched everywhere, had to). She chose the floor tiles from free sample boards fished from the garbage at work – to decorate each room, and had only one request, that there be some bright blue somewhere.

There is a fold up front porch released by a brass pin and with a child’s face for a handle, a cedar storage box/bench for spare carpets and to hide little treasures (with brass escutcheon pin hinges and joinery), and a removable carpeted staircase held by magnets to either side of the rear dividing wall.
Most other construction is pinned rebate, grooved, or big brass careful screws.

To make it truly hers I framed 16 pictures of all her cousins, friends and family as well as a shot of the house she lives in. These will fade in time and perhaps be replaced by shots of her own daughter, but the memory will never fade of the times we had playing here.

29”x 18”x 24” About 80 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.

Some details:

The happy new tenants.

Chimney pots from lamp parts.

Open sesame.

Second bedroom construction site with sidewalk superintendent.

The ever burning fire.

Jes folks.

Materials list.

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

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 03:26 AM

My last child was born in May after my 50th birthday in April. I know where you are coming from. I built many things for her, but she was never interested in dollhouses. I bet if she had one as nice as this she would have enjoyed it. She just had her first child ( my 5th Grandchild) and he already has a truck that I built for him. You do good work for the right reason.

Welcome to LJ.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 03:31 AM

Awesome, the detail is fantastic

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 03:34 AM

Truly magnificent Gene, I am sure she will enjoy it thoroughly now and the sentiment in the future.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 03:46 AM

I can tell you loved making this one Gene, & of course little girls know that Dads can do ANYTHING, ANYTHING at all,
What a fabulous job you have made.
Hey is the pic over the firebox to remind her that Dads always watching :: )))))


-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 03:49 AM

I hope my granddaughter doesn’t see this! You did an outstanding job on this. The detail is amazing.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 04:13 AM

What a wonderful play house ,fantastic work.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 04:28 AM

This is such a wonderful project…it reminds me of a quote by D.H.Lawrence…
“Things men have made with weakened hands,
And put soft life into are awake through years
With transferred touch and go on glowing for long years.
And for this reason, some old things are lovely warm
still with the life of the forgotten men who made them.”

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 04:31 AM

Gene: A great project made with Love. You are a blessed man.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 07:00 AM

A lot of thought, love, fun and work went into this well thought-out play house, Gene. I love the close-up shots showing your attention to the tiny and detail! I too made something for my daughter, but nothing as elaborate as yours, just with a lot of love.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 01-26-2012 09:06 AM

My wife thinks that your project is “Just gorgeous!” and so do I. The attention to detail makes it a work of art.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 01-26-2012 10:55 AM

Exquisite work! Love the pictures.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 01-26-2012 11:17 AM

Dramatic. Fit and finish spectacular. Your a pretty good photographer also. That’s the kind of project that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#14 posted 01-26-2012 01:50 PM

Very nice.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#15 posted 01-26-2012 03:11 PM

Very nice Gene.
That project just oozes love. You really have the gift of art, and it is especially shown here. What a wonderful playfulness you have put into this.

Thanks for sharing and letting us into your life,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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