Step 27: Chapter 10- Assembly

Tools & Materials

  This is the phase where it all comes together.  There will be little fabricating or painting in this phase except for the roof and stairs, which are the very last things you will be adding.

  Begin by fastening your ground floor board to the terrain.  You could glue it but I recommend that you nail it.  I also recommend using a nail gun since you don't want to risk denting the floor with a hammer.  Drive some fasteners into the perimeter of the floor and into the area that will be occupied by the fireplace/chimney and stairs.  This will keep the center of the floor from bowing upward and the nail heads be hidden by the fireplace and stairs.

  After you've successfully fixed the ground floor to the terrain you will want to cover it up with paper and masking tape.  Over the course of building your facades you may have had some paint discolor the white of the interior sides.  You'll need to be able to touch up these blemishes without getting paint on your nice stained floor.

  Now you can begin the fun part of gluing the facades into place.  Start by slotting interlocking the tabs of the largest facades (the front, the unadorned flat side, the upstairs floor, and interior wall) and super glue them into place.  This will provide the stability needed for affixing the roof and other details.  Once you've established a sturdy base of walls you can continue slotting in and glue the end wall, the upper stairs front facade, and bay window.

  The stairs will need to go in next.  If you have not already assembled your laser cut stair parts, do so now and stain them with whatever stain you used for your interior floors and ceilings.  Glue the final stairway assembly into place.

  The chimney will now need to be installed.  Measure the space between the ground floor and the second floor and mark that length on the painted chimney cast.  Measure the space between the second floor and the sloping ceiling off the roof and mark that line on the painted chimney cast.  After you've marked it off you will need to cut your cast into 3 parts (the remaining part being the top of the chimney that protrudes from the roof).  Cut your parts on a band saw or table saw.  Glue the segment featuring the fireplace into the ground floor area.  It should fit snugly into the space between the ground floor and second floor if you measured correctly so you should not need much glue.  Glue the second floor segment into place in the space over the first floor.  Hold off on placing the chimney top until your roofs are in place.

  Find your roof cuts and glue them into place.  They should have already been stained prior to cutting and should not require any touch up at the time of installation.  Find the point where the second story segment of the chimney connects to the roof and glue the chimney top into place. 

  Once the chimney top is place you can begin cutting and installing the shingles on the roof.  Big Ups to you if you made it this far because this is the cherry on the Sundae.   The shingles come on a roll that will allow you to cut lengths that match the measurements of your roof.  The shingles are affixed with staples driven into the top of the shingle strip.  Start at the bottom edge of the roof apply one strip at a time.  Each strip should overlap the preceding layer and cover the staples of the underlying strip.
Continue applying each shingle strip until all of your roofs are covered.

Congratulations! You're Done.

Adorabrillo! I wonder what the total bill of materials came to? Timewise also? Did you have occasion to make additional copies of the house after having created perfect molds. Do you sell them online or something? Thank you
Josh, This is a wonderful step by step documentation of the creative process! What a charming, beautiful dollhouse. I'd love to live there! <br>
Thank you very much! This was a fun project because I was elaborating on my father's own designs and kind of continuing a tradition. I just wish I had more time to build them.
Wonderful Job, One of my favorites in the contest!
Very nice Josh! The detail is bonkers!
A-ma-zing! That is the best and most unique dollhouse I have ever seen! I got to get me one :)
Thank you! I'd love to make an entire series based on my dad's other designs. I learned a lot about what worked and what didn't. I think I could produce it again even faster.

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