Barbie Dollhouse #2: Foundation construction

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Blog entry by rogerw posted 02-22-2011 05:25 PM 1244 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Designing Stage Part 2 of Barbie Dollhouse series Part 3: First floor walls erected »

Now that the design stage is complete I went out and purchased the first sheet of plywood and began construction. The first stage is the foundation.

The foundation is built to a height of 2-1/2”. Well, almost as we all know, 1/2” plywood is not really 1/2”.

As this house will total out at just under 5’ tall, the foundation will have to support some weight so I criss-crossed some support throughout the center.

Here are some of the latest pics…

Having a jig for the circ saw came in handy for this. Just set the square for the desired dim plus the saw kirf, move the jig over, and slice off the next piece, 9 in all.

Next was the floor of the first story and assembly of the perimeter strips.

The remaining strips needed cut to allow them to be criss-crossed in the middle of the foundation. The pieces were ganged together and notched out on the table saw.

Sometimes the simple things work the best. I needed to weight these down while the glue set up.

After the center strips were installed, and the front step was installed, the foundation was complete.

The next entry will be the construction and erection of the first story walls.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 12:31 AM

First time I ever saw a pick-up truck used as a wood working tool!

Great idea!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 02:40 AM

yeah i work out of my garage so there’s no room for an assembly table.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 10:12 AM

Looks like a great project for her.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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