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How to Make a Handmade Dollhouse
- Circular saw with plywood blade
- Kreg RipCut
- Kreg AccuCut
- Jig saw
- 16 gauge finishing nailer
- Measuring tape
- 1 sheet of 1/2″ plywood + 1 12″ x 18″ piece
- 25″ x 20″ piece of 1/4″ plywood
- 1 1/4″ finishing nails
- wood glue
The cuts for the plywood are a little tricky, so print off the cut list and follow the order below to help get everything cut accurately.
Start by ripping a 12″ piece off the long edge of the sheet of plywood with the Kreg RipCut. Cut the pieces in the picture below out of it. I used the AccuCut to cut all the cross pieces. To cut out the doorways, drill a hole in the corners of the doorways and use a jigsaw to cut along the lines.
Next cut a 43 1/2″ piece off the remaining section of plywood with the AccuCut. Cut the notches out of the corners with the AccuCut. Then cut the roof wall out of the larger piece.
To keep the corners clean, cut just to the lines with the top of the circular saw (which will leave the bottom still attached because of the curved saw blade). Then use the jig saw to complete the cut. This gives you much straighter lines than just using the jig saw.
Using the drill, drill holes in the corners of the windows and then cut them out with the jig saw.
From the remaining piece of plywood, cut the following pieces I used the RipCut to cut the 12″ sections only to the corners, then finished the notched cuts with the AccuCut and a jig saw.
From the scrap (or second piece) of plywood, cut the last 1/2″ thick piece.
Cut the roof pieces from the 1/4″ plywood. Or if you have to buy a second sheet, you can always use the 1/2″ plywood as well. I plan on adding roof shingles to the house so I wanted to start with a thinner layer so it doesn’t add too much bulk. But you could also add texture to the thicker roof with a router or decorative paper or something else.
Once all the pieces are cut, it’s time to assemble. Starting at the bottom, attach the front of the house and then the side walls with wood glue and the 1 1/4″ nails.
Next add the bottom floor inner walls and top it off with the second floor. Continue adding the walls and floors all the way up.
Before adding the roof, I used my jig saw at a 22 1/2 degree angle to cut off the top of the front of the house wall so the roof would lay flat against it.
Then move onto the front entryway of the house and add the side wall and front wall. To add the roof to the top of the entryway, I cut the side of the roof boards at a 22 1/2 degree angle so they fit together nicely. This is not totally necessary if you are planning on covering the roof up with shingles, but it was easy and looks really great.
The total size of the handmade dollhouse is about the size of a small bookcase. I added wheels to the bottom of the dollhouse so we can wheel it up against the wall like a bookcase, but then easily wheel it out for lots of play time.
Next I will be adding trim around the house to finish off the plywood edges and add dimension. I’ll also be adding shingles to the roof and doors. I will share those build plans and ideas next week. Sign up for my weekly newsletter so you never miss a post (and gain access to my library of freebies).
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