|Forum topic by Dallas||posted 01-15-2012 09:24 PM||874 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-15-2012 09:24 PM
My wife, after ?? years (she turned that age on January o1), told me that she has never had, but always wished for a doll house.
So, long story short, I have been building her one. It’s not overly large, only about 24×24 inches with a gambrel roof, double loft upstairs with a catwalk on one side and staircase on the other and a stone fireplace in the center.
I’m attempting to do this using some sort of scale, and have been working with 1/2” = 1’ but quickly found that my eyes aren’t as good or my fingers as steady as they use to be so I restarted and made the scale 1” = 1’ which is easier for me.
The upper floor is pretty much laid out and I have the flooring cut for it. The floor joists and the floor will be solidly glued together with the two end joists being used as ledgers and not connected to the rest of the floor so that the entire upper floor can be removed to access the lower floor.
I think I have just about everything figured out, except for the fireplace. It will be river rock, that I already have, sitting in almost the center of the house with a cooking hearth on the back side and used for heating on the front side. I even have made some hearth hooks from nails and stuff by heating and hammering it.
My problem is that I want the fireplace to look authentic, not like someone tried to size down normal stuff to work.
FWIW, the flooring is pin oak, the window frames are American sycamore, and the cabin itself is mountain cedar. The floor you see in the picture now is cut way too wide so I’ll be redoing it like the upstairs, 1/4”W X 3/32”T X various lengths.
Thanks for any insights. This will be my first truly heirloom piece so I want to do it right. I’m hoping she can pass it down to the grand kids or the great grand kids.
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