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Project by LeroyTheLips posted 06-28-2012 05:22 PM 1662 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my first dollhouse for my granddaughter for Xmas. It was a labor of love. Used about every woodworking skill I had. Somebody gave me a huge amount of 3/8 hardwood plywood so I figured I would try to build this. I woodburned some of the floors to simulate wood. Doors were attached with leather strips for hinges. I used a variety of woods including, maple, red oak, white oak, cherry, Cocobolo and mahogany. I actually cut the molding on my 5hp PM66 tablesaw. The front door used stained glass. This is a scaled dollhouse. My granddaughter loved it. I built some furniture for it but then her mother found some beautiful scaled furniture at a garage sale, enough to fill the house.

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 06:31 PM

Stunning. Just reminded me that I need to get working on my daughter’s dollhouse. Excellent work man… a labor of love indeed! Nice score on the furniture, especially since that would be so much more work otherwise!

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 10:41 AM

Hand made is just that, not from a kit. I have built 2 for my granddaughters also. These should last many generations of your grandkids. Great job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 12:17 PM

beautiful house! looks like alot of hours put in to it. What a fantastic gift for your granddaughter :)

-- -Thomas -

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 12:21 PM

VERY COOL project. I bet she loves it.

Nice job, too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 06:04 AM

Looks like a real heirloom.
I made several about 30+ years ago with the same floor plan. First one was for my daughter then friends requested that I make one for them so I made 6 more. The were made with solid redwood sides I cut to look like ship lap siding. They had double hung windows, a upper balcony and a porch the full width of the front. All crowned with about 1500 hand split redwood shingles.
I had to do a little repair work on my daughters a few years ago and it is now wrapped up in storage. She has two boys. LOL Maybe she will have a grand daughter to give it to some day.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 06-30-2012 10:51 AM

This is nicely done and I can see how your granddaughter would love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 05:20 PM

Now my Japanese daughter-in-law wants one and she doens’t even have a kid. It is a lot of work making one of these. If I had the money I would have installed lighting. Thanks for all the comments everyone

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 10:04 AM

It’s lovely.
What a treasure to get from a grandfather.
She is a lucky girl to have you.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 10:36 AM

Well done, I am sure she will love it.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 12:11 PM

As one dollhouse maker to another, this is over the top spectacular. The detail work is beyond compare. Love the cherubim, chimney and the windows & doors. The blue grey paint colour is perfect.

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

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#12 posted 07-02-2012 12:19 AM

Very Cool!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 07-02-2012 12:43 AM

What a great doll house this will be a treasure all of her life and beyond.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 07-02-2012 11:57 AM

Way to go Grandpa! You knocked one out of the part with this beautiful heirloom. There is no doubt that this will be a treasure she will never forget. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 07-02-2012 02:36 PM

You did a fine job on this dollhouse. Any little girl would be thrilled to have it. Lots of great detail too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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