|Forum topic by raindog308||posted 02-08-2012 06:55 PM||820 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
02-08-2012 06:55 PM
I’m working on a dollhouse and it will have lots of 1/2” (or so) thick panels (9×12, 12×18, etc. sizes) – interior walls, exterior walls, floors. Some of them will have cutout “windows” in them and other features.
This is the most complicated project I’ve done and I have to have it finished by my daughter’s 3rd birthday in November :-)
I could use a little advice…
(1) What material for these panels would be best to avoid chipping? I have not done a lot of work with plywood. All of the wood will be painted various bright colors but I’d like to avoid raggedy edges. Plywood? MDF?
(2) I have a 60-tooth Diablo circular saw blade, and various jigsaw blades. I’ve read that I could put a line of blue painter masking tape down and then cut through that to control chipping…sounded promising but I’ve never tried it.
(3) It’s an open-on-all-sides deisgn, with a frame out of 1.5”x1.5” fir. My plan is to glue and either screw or nail these panels to the frame and each other. My recollection is that plywood nails well, screws “OK” but not great, while particleboard nails OK but doesn’t screw well at all.
I’d love to do this entirely in hardwood but I don’t think that is an option for cost reasons. The overall size is probably 3-4’ high – sort of like this:
...but I’d like to do an entirely custom one so I can incorporate some things that are special to our family.
So…should I look at 1/2” plywood, MDF, or…? Any recommendations on avoiding chipping?
Thanks! I will post pictures as this project progresses :-)