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I have just started building the Beacon Hill dollhouse.  I have never built a dollhouse before.  I am doing the second sub-assembly.  I am dry fitting pieces.  I am trying to get tabs into slots- not easy  My question is, in addition to gluing tabs into slots- should I run glue along wall that meets other wall to slots? I hope that makes sense. Thank you.

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Debra, one of the purposes of the dry fit is to sand or shave the tabs & slots for a more perfect fit, and you want to use a good carpenter's wood glue  like Titebond or Probond in a thin bead along the surfaces that will touch each other, not just on the tabs & slots.  Put enough of the house into dry fit to see if you have any places you won't be able to paint/ decorate once the house is glued together.  I have a heavy duty stapler and after I've glued the walls together I pop some steel staples along the edges where the walls abut, since I tend to manhandle my houses and I decorate as I go.

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Thank you so much.  I am using Aleene's tacky glue. I hope that is ok.  Maybe I should buy one of the glues you suggested.  The stapler sounds like a good idea too.  The other problem I am worried about is trying to lift everything up to glue it. I had such a hard time interlocking the long slide in the second floor at the stair opening with the long slot in the right petition wall.  After a number of tries it finally worked.  thank you again for the reply I am new to the blog.  I was not even sure how to use it..

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Welcome Debra,

Sometimes it feels more like wrestling than building...especially when you have to slide pieces. Shh, but I have been known to lop of offending tabs rather than risk splintering a piece. As long as the walls and corners are plumb and true, it can make a difficult piece easier to deal with.  You can use a builders triangle in the gluing stage to make sure. I even clamp or tape the square in place until dry.

 

 

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I am working on the Beacon Hill right now. I had alot of problems understanding the instructions so I would like to give you a couple of sites to check out. The first one is JennsMinis.com...she has great pictures and instructions for pretty well everything you will be doing. I don't know where I would be if not for her. Another great one is moreminisblogspot.com. Good luck!!!

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Hi everyone! I am working on the Beacon Hill house, I am trying to figure out how to hinge the doors. Do I need to buy something? I have been trying to McGyver things but no luck. Any ideas?

thanks, Mary

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Hi Mary, you can purchase tiny hinges. I recommend that you make your own doors instead of the ones provided. I made six panel doors. I followed a diy video I found on YouTube. That video suggested using tape for the hinge. It would be more authentic if you used real door hinges. Sorry about the second photo. I couldn’t get it to display properly.

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3 hours ago, Gtcih said:

Hi Mary, you can purchase tiny hinges. I recommend that you make your own doors instead of the ones provided. I made six panel doors. I followed a diy video I found on YouTube. That video suggested using tape for the hinge. It would be more authentic if you used real door hinges. Sorry about the second photo. I couldn’t get it to display properly.

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Thanks! This is my first attempt at a dollhouse, I don’t have the skills or the tools to make my own doors. I will figure something out!

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