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That's a neat house and I love how the front opens.
I'm not sure anyone would want to bid on this Westville kit. The price is right, but I don't know what shipping would be to anywhere else. It's only $20 to me, but it's in my neck of the woods. I know the open box looks like there are pieces missing, BUT - and I have no idea if I'm right on this - one of the other pictures shows what looks to be maybe the first and second floor already punched out and those pieces look like they fit in the edges that have pieces already punched out.
Now that's not to say there aren't any other pieces missing, but even so, I think $10 for a Westville might make it worthwhile to buy. I'd buy it but I have a couple of other fish frying in the pan right now. Anyway, it's worth a look. Just please make up your own mind and don't take this as an endorsement of this item from me, though.
Hello everyone, I'm MamaV and I bought the Orchid when I was 15 or so. It suffered at my hands for a few years on and off, until I gave up for the time being and life moved on. Last year, a friend of mine had her baby boy and was bored. I, pregnant at the time, offered up the Orchid as a Mama-project to keep us both busy during the gross Ohio fall-winter-spring spread. That's blossomed into a decent turn-out, and it began me wanting to do another dollhouse "right the first time" rather than the janky edges and missing pieces I caused with the Orchid. I bought the Buttercup from Greenleaf shortly into the Orchid project, and I've been figuring out when to start it. However, I just picked up a Duracraft Heritage HR560 from a thrift store, and that's taken priority. It's missing pieces (not as many as I thought but more than I hoped), so I'm joining to get advice on fabrication, spare parts, and anything else I'm clueless about.
Once my baby girl (we'll call her BM) was born I retired from teaching 10th grade English, and now I'm a stay-at-home mom with more time on my hands while my husband is at work. I also write stories (or try to), bake, cook, clean (oh the cleaning), sing and try to dance. I'm also an amateur radio operator now that my husband got me into the HAM hobby, so that's another way I kill time.
Very grateful for this forum; thank you for reading!
~MamaV and baby BM
Some plywoods can have a fuzzy surface. Not sure why. It doesn’t indicate it’s a poor quality ply, just that the surface is more fibrous or something. It will sand off. But also MDF can be left with a fuzzy surface when tape is pulled off, as it pulls the fibres up. Not sure if that helps. If you use a good primer undercoat and sand with a medium grit sandpaper, that should help. You can do a few coats too if necessary, sanding a little between.
I wonder if it could be MDF (medium density fiberboard), rather than wood? Before Dura-Craft went out of business they used to sell some of those MDF kits, and some of the Real Good Toys kits may have also been MDF. I only ever built one room box kit that was MDF, and i don't recall whether there was a seal, but I do remember the surface was extremely porous and I wound up papering the interior.