Introduction: Plywood Dollhouse
Runner Up in the
Wooden Toys Challenge 2016
This project is a small dollhouse made of Birch Plywood.
( 560 x 350 x 400 mm)
I got inspiration from nordic furniture and decided to design this simple wooden toy that can fit anywhere without taking lots of space.
I used one third of a full sheet of plywood (18 x 2500 x 1250 mm) that i had from a previous project.
I hope you enjoy and make one too!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
1 - Birch Plywood or other kind!
2 - Masking Tape
3 - Dowels (8 x 40 mm, to cover screw holes)
4 - Wood Glue
5 - Wax finish
6 - Papper Templates
7 - Spray Glue
8 - 1 x Big Dowel (25 x 350 mm)
9 - Sandpapper (180 and 250)
10 - Wood screws
11 - PowerDrill
12 - Drill bit for wood (same diameter as the dowels)
13 - Hinge bit (25 mm diameter)
14 - Clamps
15 - Jig Saw
16 - Circular Saw
17 - Chisel
18 - Orbital sander (optional but makes the task of sanding faster)
Step 2: Cut the Templates
Next step, cuts!
1 -Print the templates of the diferent parts in A2 format sheets (420 x 594 mm)
2 - Stick the templates to the plywood using spray glue!
3 - Use masking tape everywhere to prevent tearout!
4 - Outside cuts - Use a circular saw or a hand saw .
5 - Inside cuts - Use a jig saw, to cut windows and doors.
In the end, you should have this list:
Side A ( 400 x 560 mm)
Side B ( 400 x 560 mm)
Side C ( 350 x 560)
Sides D ( 280 x 350 mm)
Big dowel (25 x 350 mm)
Step 3: Dry Fit and Holes
You are done with the cuts!
1 - I marked the location of the holes on the template and you just need to follow that.
2 - Use the power drill to make all the holes!
3 - Don´t forget to use masking tape to avoid tearout.
5 - On top of Side A and B, you should use the hinge drill bit with the same diameter of the Big Dowel and make a hole 10 mm deep!
6 - Dry fit the dollhouse and make sure that you don't have to fix any error before applying glue.
Step 4: Fixing Mistakes
My list of mistakes, can be usefull for you:
- I used too much spray glue in the papper templates, so it took lots of sanding to remove all the glue.
- I had to fix some cuts after dry fitting the dollhouse
- Although i was using masking tape in my cuts, i have some tearout in the windows and doors. So i decided that the best solution would be to apply a wood filler.
Step 5: Glue and Assembly
After dry fiitting and fixing important mistakes....
1 - Apply glue in both sides
2 - Screw everything and use some clamps to keep it in place.
3 - Don't forget to clean the glue with a wet rag.
4 - Let it dry for few hours!
5 - Cover the screw heads with wood plugs
6 - Cut the plugs using a hand saw and the chisel for the final details.
Step 6: Sanding and Round Edges
This task is going to take a while....turn on some music and be patient! Try to sand every single edge until it looks soft and rounded!
First - Use 150/180 grid sandpapper to make the sides rounded and take some imperfections.
Last - Finish with 220 grid sandpapper to make it soft and ready for the finish.
Step 7: Finish
Because this is Birch Plywood i decided to use a Clear Wax finish. This is really easy to apply and takes 30 minutes to dry in between layers.
How to apply Wax Finish:
1 - Use a clean cotton rag
2 - Put some wax on the rag and apply the first layer evenly on the dollhouse.
3 - Wait 30 minutes and use sandpapper to correct any rughness.
4 - Apply the next layer of wax finish and you should be done!
5 - You may need just one more coat of wax to look perfect!
Step 8: Personalize and Play
I made this project as Dollhouse that could be personalized with stickers, paint,....really anything!
Mine is going to be a gift for my cousin's newborn daughter and could be a nice christmas gift to last generations!
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
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