This step by step diy woodworking project is about simple dollhouse plans. If you want to surprise your kid with a nice dollhouse, we recommend you to pay attention to the following instructions and to select the materials with great care. As a general rule, we recommend you to invest in durable lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as they also have a nice natural finish.
There are so many designs and materials to choose from, that we really recommend you to spend some time researching the most suitable plans for your needs. If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, we strongly recommend you to pay attention to these instructions and to check out the related projects, if you want to get more ideas and potential projects for your home and garden.
Projects made from these plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×12 lumber – 48″ long SIDES
- B – 3 pieces of 1×12 – 42″ long, 3 pieces of 1×12 lumber – 12″ long SHELVES
- C – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 12 1/4 “, 1 piece – 45″ long TRIMS
- C – 1 piece of 1×12 lumber – 38 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- D – 1 pieces of 1/4″ plywood – 43 1/2″ x 48″ BACK
- E – 1 piece of 1×16 lumber – 45″ long ROOF
- F – 1 piece of 1×16 lumber – 45″ long TRIMS
Building a dollhouse
Smart tip: You should adjust the design and the shape of the dollhouse to suit your needs. Generally speaking, any person with basic woodworking skills can get the job done in just a weekend.
Simple dollhouse plans
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the dollhouse. As you can easily notice in the image, we recommend you to build the sides by using 1×12 slats. Mark the cut lines before adjusting the size of the slats with a circular saw.
Drill starting holes before making the notches with a jigsaw. Remove the excess with a sand-block and continue the project by making the opposite wall. Cut the top at about 30 degrees.
The next step of the project is to attach the base to the sides walls. As it can be seen in the image, we recommend you to cut the piece of 1×12 lumber at the right size and to drill pocket holes at both ends.
Align the component at both ends, add waterproof glue and insert several screws to the job done in a professional manner. Leave about 3/4″ from the bottom to the base, if you want to add a nice trim to the dollhouse.
Continue the project by attaching the back to the dollhouse. As you can notice in the image, it would be a great idea to cut the piece of 1/4″ plywood at the right size with a circular saw and to lock it into place with finishing nails.
Align the panel at both ends and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the nails. Add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
If you want to enhance the look of the simple dollhouse, we recommend you to add interior shelves to the structure. Cut the 1×12 slats at the right size and lock them to the side walls with 1 1/4″ screws, after drilling pocket holes at both ends.
Place a spirit level on top of the shelves to check if they are perfectly horizontal. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the partitions and lock them between the shelves with pocket screws.
If you want to enhance the look of the dollhouse, we recommend you to attach 1×2 trims to the bottom of the structure. As you can easily notice in the image, we recommend you to cut the ends of the trims at 45 degrees, as to get proper joints.
Although this step is not compulsory, it will most certainly add value to your project and enhance the look of the dollhouse. Cut a piece of 1×12 lumber at the right size and make a few notches as shown in the free plans.
Drill a starting holes and cut out the squares, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Smooth the cut edges with a piece of sandpaper, if you want to get a professional result.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 1×1 (1/4″ thick) trims around the windows. Although you can get the job done also by painting the areas around the notches, fitting the trims into place will make a significant difference.
After cutting the trims to the right size, we recommend you to attach them into place by using waterproof glue. In addition, you can also insert several 3/4″ finishing nails to lock everything tightly.
Attaching the roof to the top of the dollhouse is not a complex job, as it requires basic woodworking skills. If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to cut the piece of 1×16 lumber at the right size and to lock it into place with finishing nails.
Add waterproof glue to joints, if you want to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Make sure there are no gaps between the components, if you aim for a professional result.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wood table in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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