Introduction: How to Make Grace's French Bakery

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This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make American Girl Grace's French Bakery from American Girl

Here are all of the links for instructions on making every item that goes in Grace's French Bakery:

Grace's Bakery Shelf

Grace's Bakery Island

Grace's Bakery Refrigerator

Grace's French Bakery Bags

Grace's French Bakery Printables

Grace's Bakery Oven

Grace's Bakery Menu Printables

Grace's French Bakery Featured Reader's Version

Shopping list:

1 - 3/4’’ plywood @ 2’ x 4’

4 - 1/2’’ plywood @ 2’ x 4’

1 - 1/4’’ @ 8 1/2’’ x 3’’

Wood Glue

1 - 3/4’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer

1 - 1 1/4’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer

6 - Hinge Packets (2 per pack) 12 total

11’ of Molding

1 - .75 Kreg Jig Screws

Cut List:
*Make sure you label each piece of wood as you cut with a pencil. This will save you a headache!

1 - 3/4’’ Plywood @ 32 11/16’’ x 16 3/4’’ - Bottom

2 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 23 3/8’’ x 12 7/8’’ - Left and Right Sides

1 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 31 11/16’’ x 23 3/8’’ - Back

2 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 20’’ x 10 7/8’’ - Large Doors

2 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 20’’ x 5 3/8’’ - Small Doors

1 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 32 11/16’’ x 3 3/16’’ - Front Panel

1 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 31 11/16’’ x 1’’ - Door Stop

2 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 12 7/8’’ x 2’’ - Right and Left Skirts

1 - 1/2’’ Plywood @ 32 11/16’’ x 4 1/2’’ - Main Skirt

1 - 1/2’’ x 1/2’’ @ 6 1/8’’ - Shelf Support

1 - 1/4’’ Plywood @ 8 1/8’’ x 2 5/8’’ - Shelf

18 Gauge Nailer


Tape Measure

Kreg Jig

Jig Saw

Miter Saw

Table Saw

Hearing Protection

Safety Glasses


Sanding Block

Short Level


Optional - Scroll Saw

Step 1:

You have already cut the bottom (floor) of the bakery. It should look like a rectangle. The first step is to create the curve. I made mine into a point because it was easier for me and looked even.

Step 2:

Cut the notches for the hinges out. Take your time, this will ensure your doors open and close properly.

Step 3:

Cut the bakery side window out. You can leave this step out, but you will be missing an order window!

Step 4:

Cut the notches out for the hinges shown below.

Step 5:

Cut the square window for the bakery. Again, you can skip this step, but your bakery will not have sunshine!

Step 6:

Cut the notches out for the hinges on the small door.

Step 7:

Cut the notches out for the hinges on the small right side door.

Step 8:

Measure and draw the bay windows on your large doors. This will help you cut a perfect window. Follow the measurements given below.

Step 9:

Start the construction by adding the left and right side of the bakery. Use wood glue and nail into place. The sides go all the way to the back of the floor. *Normally in my projects I use the Kreg Jig and screw into place. I did not do that for this project because I didn't want any screws or pocket holes to show inside the bottom of the bakery. *

Step 10:

Put glue on the sides of the back and slide into place. You will then nail from the outside through the side walls into the back.

Step 11:

Screw your hinges into the notches on the side walls and then attach the small doors.

Step 12:

Screw your hinges into the notches of the small doors and then the large doors with windows. They should now easily open and close.

Step 13:

Attach the front panel by using wood glue and nailing into place.

Step 14:

From the inside of the bakery, attach the door stop. When you nail into place, be sure to use the 3/4" or smaller nails.

Step 15:

Take the top right skirt and drill three pocket holes. Then attach the skirt with pocket hole screws.

Step 16:

Repeat step 15 for the left side skirt.

Step 17:

Before attaching the front main skirt, cut your arch on top. You can also cut a small window if you want. The measurements for both are in the diagram below.

Then drill 4 pocket holes, on the inside, for attaching the main skirt to the front panel. Also, nail from the front of the main skirt into each side skirt.

Step 18:

Attach the shelf support by using wood glue and nailing into place.

Step 19:

You should have already cut out the shelf. At this point it is still a rectangle. Cut it to show the curve and then glue and nail it into place through the window.

Step 20:

Add the trim around the bakery. Measure around your bakery and cut your trim accordingly. No one's trim will be exactly the same, that's why I did not include measurements.