|Project by stefang||posted 09-02-2013 05:48 PM||2522 views||8 times favorited||59 comments|
This is a project I made as a Christmas present for my granddaughter Synnøve 14 years ago. She was 5 years old at the time. After she grew out of it she loaned it to a girlfriends little sister. A very cute little Chinese girl that had been adopted as an infant by her girlfriend’s parents. Well, that little girl has also grown out of the dollhouse and she has returned it to my granddaughter. We were at my Son’s house celebrating his 46th birthday yesterday and it was sitting in the hall there. I was surprised to see how good a condition it was in. There were some broken furniture pieces, but that was about it. Amazing after 14 years of play. I was pretty inexperienced in woodworking at the time, but I thought it would be worth posting anyway just for fun, so I took it home to photograph it.
I got the plans for this house from my son was doing some advertising for a local house builder at the time and he got me their catalog which also had scale drawings of the floor plan. So it is based on a real house.
We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve here in Norway and that’s when we exchange presents. I had been working like a madman for a couple of weeks before Christmas to get the dollhouse ready. I worked until 3.30AM the day before. I had finished most of it, but I wound up having to deliver it with a few unfinished details, so I had to take it back home to finish it up, but at least Synnøve knew it would be back finished very soon. She was pretty happy with it.
Here’s a shot of the back showing the interior.
We were able to find some dollhouse furniture, mostly cheap plastic, but the best we could find at the time. I also made a few pieces like the kitchen table and chairs and the bench next to the stove. I also made a sofa and easy chairs, but those have disappeared. My wife made some draperies, etc.
I tried to make the interior inviting, but I didn’t do a very good job of it. Maybe I will get a chance to do that now in case Synnøve has a daughter to inherit it. The most tedious parts were the stairway and some double glass doors (in the bottom level). I did manage to turn the newel posts on the stairs, but the glass doors got pretty botched up with glue and I installed them after everything else was already put together. I could hardly get my hands in there. I also made panel doors throughout.
Here’s a few more pics with some details and the outside from different angles.
Thanks for having a look and I hope you liked it. If you make a dollhouse for one of your loved ones it could be a good idea to make it smaller and lighter. This one is almost a yard (meter) long and it is heavy and takes a lot of space. I can also imagine that it is a bit cramped with too many rooms inside (although I haven’t had any complaints to that effect). It could have also been nice to have it lighted with LED lights and have it mounted to a turntable.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.