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  1. My name is Kim and this is my first real dollhouse. I have been in love with the Garfield since I was 8 years old and my grandfather took me to the local hobby store to get some items for his train set. I am now 43 and for the first time I have a home that will allow me to finally have this house. I also have a 6yo daughter that will be assisting me with the project as much as she can. All I need is as much advice as I can get on this. I do already know that I will be replacing the doors and windows so any help on that would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Hello! Honestly just checking out dollhouses and miniatures. I was gifted my grandmothers dollhouse made in the 70's and I really want to renovate it and fix it up! I have always had a fascination with miniatures though! Have a good day!
  3. Hi. everyone! I'm a newbie in doll house construction I had problems with making furniture, so my husband bought me a doweling jighttps://pickadvisor.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Woodstock-D4116-Doweling-Jig-review-300x300.jpg (don't know how to attach the image properly) He's sure I can use it, as it's helpful in his workshop Has anyone any experience using it? If not, maybe you like the idea
  4. Hello everyone, I am in the middle of building my first house and I'm stoked! I'm retired and finally have the time and patience to make a dollhouse. I've got the outside almost completed - just need to shingle the roof. I'm waiting for warmer weather so I can stain the shingles. i am super lucky to have a crafty husband who has been providing guidance, ideas, extra pair of hands and muscle when needed. He is also willing to listen to me go on and on about my project (now that is something! :-). Not only that, he has had many hobbies over the years and still possesses small-scaled tools and various supplies that he kindly donated to my workshop. I was planning to make hardwood floors with Popsicle sticks and spent the better part of an evening cutting the tips off a pile. It was hard work and I didn't even have enough for one room! My husband remembered that he has a pile of veneers left over from marquetry work he did in the '70s! He them made a jig to cut them in perfect 1/2" strips. My house will have the most beautiful maple floors. I'm on my way to Toronto for the weekend and plan to stop in at The Little Dollhouse Company for a lighting kit and misc building supplies. I love the front-opening aspect of the model but didn't like the fact that the back had no windows. So I cut some out, big bay for the living room, small ones for the kitchen and bathroom, and one for each bedroom. The dining room is going in the central room and I realize that I should have cut one out for that room also. The exterior is finished so I will have to be careful cutting it out I've decided to go with the round wiring instead of the tape but I'm worried about future troubleshooting if part of the system fails and has to be repaired or replaced. I understand that the installation is pretty permanent. I'd be interested in hearing your experiences in using round wiring vs tape and the pros and cons especially from those of you who have done both. I would also like to hear your advice on the glue to use to install the veneer on the floors. I've done some testing with No More Nails glue and find it impossible to avoid getting glue on top, to which the stain won't take. Thank you all in advance for your feedback.
  5. This mystery dollhouse I found on the side of the road with a $10 sign on it, filled with the furniture you can see on the left in the first picture. I made tons of progress on it since: I removed most of the tabs where the boards locked together and used nails and glue to keep it together instead, added some braces in weak spots, took off the black trim and plastic windows, took the partition on the second floor and put it in the first, changed where the stairs will go (spiral instead of plain), added two windows to the left side, turned the porch roof into a second floor porch, turned one of the windows into a door to access the porch, and removed some of the third floor to give the master bedroom a vaulted ceiling, added mat board trim on the windows and doors, and added a dormer to the attic bedroom. Since I've taken the last photos, I've started adding cedar shakes to the outside, finished the porches, added outer trims, some of the crown molding, and re-wallpapered the entry. Any ideas on where this house came from? also, any critiques/comments/suggestions welcome!
  6. 30 years ago my father made 3 Harrison doll houses for each of his granddaughters. My daughter received one of the houses. I would now like to refinish the house so my granddaughter can enjoy it as much as she did. The wallpaper has been removed and, although there is wiring, the ceiling fixtures do not light. What would be the best way to troubleshoot the wiring? I am tempted to pull the tape from all the walls, but I am open to suggestions at this point. Also, has anyone tried to update the look of the Tudor to something a little more contemporary? I feel this house is my "fixer upper" and I would like to bring it into our times for her.
  7. So the Garfiled is being delivered tomorrow and everyone has their opinions of what is needed and what is not for the construction of the house. At this time I'm preparing a list of things I'll need to get started and am welcoming anyone's helpful suggestions. Thank you in advance.
  8. Here are 4 photos from my first attempt - The Harrison
  9. After waiting over a week it finally arrived! I work as a teacher so I didn't get to start working on it till 4 pm. I tried to get as much as I could done so i worked pretty hard for the next three hours. I started out by labeling everything in pencil. I know the instructions say to pop things out as you go but one of the things it wanted me to start with was the windows. I am not ready for that since I don't have any paint yet, so I popped those out and bagged them. I decided to bag all of sheets # 1-5 in baggies so i wouldnt lose anything. Hopefully I dont regret that later. I really want to get the sanding done before it gets too hot outside so I think I may focus on that tomorrow. Next, I sanded the first, second, front and two main side boards with three different grits. Then I dry fit it and glued it together. I used my level on my Iphone to make sure it was straight. I used tape to clamp all the sides. So far the only casualty seems to be my hobby knief as the tip is gone. Lol. I have a lot of sanding to get done and I need to do some more reading to find out what I should work on tomorrow. Very excited and I can't wait for tomorrow evening to get going on it again. The pictures I took are to big so perhaps I can figure out how to resize the images tomorrow. Is their anyone else just starting out on the Orchid right now? Would love to here from some others. Night! Meagan
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