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Project by robscastle posted 11-28-2012 05:57 AM 1982 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Dolls House for my Grandaughter

Concrete base HDF
Floor section Plywood
Walls MDF
Roof Sections Ply and MDF with natural timber for the trims and gutters
Downpipes and Red carry handles are plastic handles boiled up and reshaped
Windows Perspex
Stairs HDF and natural timber
Wirlybirds/handles, again plastic

Butt jointed Titebond III and Brad Nails

Floors stained and sealed with a one coat product
Walls and roof sections all sealed with sanding sealer
Bathrooms Oil based white gloss
Everything else Acrilic High Gloss.

Hours to complete:
Too many but I worked part time for over 1 month, the main reason was assembies were produced then left to allow the glue to dry.

Much the same for the paint work, do a section/colour then wait for it to dry.

Production Methods:
Cutting of materials, The table saw
Windows, Templates made then used the router/spindle Shaper to remove the waste and do the rounding
Back deck roof, cut on the table saw then rebated on the shaper
The deck Merbau or Tallowood recycled from cutoffs.
Mistakes Made:

Lots of them, some cosmetic and some “not as the As Built Design” however they were causing more damage to fix so they stayed
Managed to nail my finger with my air stapler.
Spent too much money!

For example there is over $200.00 in paint products, brushs glue tape alone.

Overall a very challenging task, it seems the smaller you make things from the “normal” the cost is inversly proportional.

Would I do it again?

For the family, I would recommend visiting Ana White and use a ready made product
For business or profit yes but I would advise the customer of an approximate cost up front.

To my son and Grandaughter pricless as its a scale replica of their home
If I was to sell it for a profit I estimate $800 – $900 without a doubt, and thats with all the bugs all out.

I have a couple of hidden cookies included within the house see if you can spot them!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 07:16 AM

this is awesome! Any architect would be proud to have this in their office! Your GD will love it for sure, thanks for posting

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 07:33 AM

Thanks Albachippie
Interesting you should say that,the Architect is a Uncle of my son, and no doubt that he will be giving it a critical once over, and possibly wanting to “borrow” it.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 07:50 AM

It is truly awesome. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 07:51 AM

Very nice to say the least. Attention to detail and scale is perfect. It looks like you will be busy furnishing the house over the next few years.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 12:12 PM

Outstanding! However, my two grandaughters wouldn’t have room for it anywhere in the house- unless my son kept one car in the driveway.

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 01:17 PM

Outstanding, awesome, and most excellent! Looks more like an architect ’s mockup/model than a little girl’s dollhouse—your granddaughter is going to love it—that is, if your son lets her play with it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 01:36 PM

That is just outstanding.. I have built a few things simular, but a lot less complex. Doll tables, doll desk and the like. I can not even think of the work that went into this project. From one grandpa to another, you did an awesome job.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 01:42 PM

That came out great. Nice attention to details. she’ll love it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 05:07 PM

That is a magical doll house!

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 06:00 PM

I just have a problem with the choice of color but that is pretty astonishing.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 11-29-2012 01:25 AM

I’m hoping for a girl next time, so I can build one of these!

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#12 posted 11-29-2012 02:03 AM

That is just amazing. The detail like gutters and downspouts adds a real touch of class. You are a shoo in for grampa of the year!

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

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#13 posted 11-30-2012 03:09 AM

Ok, nobody bit on the “hidden cookies included within the house”. I have been looking too long…please tell :)

-- Jay -

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#14 posted 11-30-2012 05:39 AM

The cookies
My son didn’t pick up on them either. So its no doubt that my effort on a little humour was a fail.

Anyway in the Pictures I added some “funnies”

1. On the downstairs roof off picture there is a picture of a naked woman in the shower.
2. In the upstairs roof off picture there is a picture of my grandson Rocky sitting on the toilet trying out his new Toilet trainer seat.

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 06-27-2013 02:08 PM

This is awsome. I love your attention to detail, like the gutters and downspouts.
Very cool!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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