A few years ago I stumbled upon this blog post on Dinosaurs and Robots. Now that I have a daughter, I was reminded of this post and decided take up the project and build it for her as a christmas present. Being a fan of instructables.com I decide I would document the project here too, but this is my first instructable so bear with me!
Because the original drawing was published in the American Sunset Magazine (December, 1961) all the measurements are imperial. I live in Germany so I first had to convert all measurements from imperial to metric. While doing so, I also had to take the standard measurements of wooden parts that are sold here in Europe, into account. I made new drawings based on these metric measurements, but you can of course still build one using imperial measured parts. The fact that I had to convert everything made me to build the whole house in my head in advance. This was actually pretty useful, because I didn't have any major problems or surprises while building it. According to the old plans:
The house takes dolls of a common size, ¾ inch to one foot in scale.
Which means a scale of 1:16. In my version the ground floor has a hight of 150 millimeter which would be 2,4 meter in real life. Pretty good I would say. For 1:12 scale interior or dolls the house might a bit too small.
Cool thing is the fact that the two roof parts can be folded out creating a lot of room to play in and around the house. Afterwards you just put all the toys back in the house, flip up the roof parts and pick the whole thing up to put it a side.
I drew out everything on the computer in 1:1 scale for easy measurement. Using the few dimensions that were given on the initial plan I worked out detailed plans for the two different A-frames (two on the outside, one in the middle), the roof, the walls, the ground and first floor. The whole dollhouse will be made up of just a few parts:
Apart from that you are going to need some tools and other material:
Luckily I have a FabLab in my neighbourhood (Die Dingfabrik in Cologne, Germany) where I could have the walls and all the plywood parts cut out and even decorated with a laser cutter. Sadly, by the time I wanted to do so, the laser cutter was out of order so I had to do them by hand: I used my japanese saw and scrap piece of wood as guides. Worked like a charm!
I cannot tell you to go out and buy 5 pieces of this, 2 pieces of that and 10 pieces of that, because of all the different ways the wood is sold. I have made a list of all the pieces I needed and you can figure out yourself how much you will actually need to buy.
I — EXTERIOR A-FRAME (2 PIECES)
II — INTERIOR A-FRAME
III — GUSSETS (5 mm plywood)
IV — RIDGE POLE
V — WALLS (5 mm plywood)
VI — LOFT FLOOR and BOTTOM (6 mm plywood)
VII — ROOF (6 mm plywood)
VIII — HINGES + MOUNTING PARTS
Below you will find the PDF documents of all the necessary parts and some drawings to see how everything should been put together. You can use these drawings and print them out (do not scale them) to use them as guides.