This step by step diy project is about doll armoire plans. I have designed this armoire for doll clothes inspired by Paul Karo’s project. I have spent a lot of time simplifying the project so anyone can make one with basic tools in just a few hours. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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18 Doll Armoire Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 23 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 18 1/2″ long FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 20″ long, 1 piece – 17″ long TRIMS
- C – 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 20″x22 12″ long BACK
- D – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 16 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 7 3/4″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 9 1/4″x16 3/4″ long DRAWER
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 20″ long, 3 pieces – 5 1/4″ long, 3 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 6 1/2″ long 2xDOOR
- F – 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood – 5 3/4″x9 1/2″ long DOOR PANELS
- 1 piece of 1×10 lumber – 8′
- 2 piece of of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1×1 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 4’x4′
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws, 1 1/2″ brad nails
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
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Building a 18 inch armoire
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the armoire. As you can easily notice in the diagram cut the components from 1×10 lumber. Drill pocket holes along the top of the side slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the top to assemble the frame. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints before inserting the screws.
Next, fit the shelves to the frame of the armoire. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the shelves and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the sides. Align the edges, add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Add 1×2 cleats to the frame of the armoire, as shown in the diagram. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/2″ nails to secure the cleats into place tightly.
Fit 1×2 trims to the front of the doll armoire, as shown in the diagram. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/2″ brad nails to secure them into place.
Build the back of the armoire from 1/4″ plywood and lock it into place with 1 1/2″ nails. Align the edges with attention before inserting the nails.
Continue the project by assembling the drawer for the armoire. Cut the front face of the drawer from 1×4 lumber. Cut out a notch to the top of the face component, so you can pull it easily. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Assemble the drawer by fitting the sides into place. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the sides and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the drawers. Make sure the corners are right angled for a professional result.
Fit a piece of 1/4″ plywood to the bottom of the drawer to secure it into place tightly. Use glue and 1 1/2″ nails to secure the panel into place.
Add wax to the bottom of the drawer and fit it into place, as shown in the free plans.
Build the doors for the armoire from 1×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the vertical components. Add glue to the joints for a professional result.
Use a router to make 1/4″x1/4″ rabbets to the frame of the door.
Build the door panels from 1/4″ plywood and fit them to the frames. Add glue to the joints so you lock them into place tightly.
Build the balusters from 1×1 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the balusters and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame. Place the balusters equally spaced, so you create even gaps between them.
Fit the doors to the front of the armoire. Make sure you leave 1/8″ around the doors when installing the hinges. In this manner, the doors will open and close easily.
All you are left to do is install a 1/2″ dowel so you can hang the clothes for the dolls. Fill the holes with the wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Cover the surface with stain and then seal everything with a few coats of lacquer.
This doll armoire is a nice project, especially if you want to make a unique gift to a little girl. You can easily adjust the size of the armoire to suit your needs. Check out the rest of the my free woodworking plans HERE. If you build this, I would love to see your project.
This woodworking project was about doll armoire plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.