To replace it I've started yet another new building. Yeah, how bad am I when I have so many unfinished projects taking up floor space? I actually started the building last year when I feared I would have to move jobs and lose access to the joinery shop where I work. I didn't blog about it simply because it's taking a long time to make. I can't build anything large at home because I don't have the space. I have more room at work but I can only dedicate an hour of my day to it. It's starting to come together now so I'm going to post what I'm up to.
First, I put a together a list of elements that I wanted and couldn't find in any kit builds
- It opens at both the front and back for complete access
- The rooms will be open plan and not laid out symetrically
- It will be in a gothic style
- The windows will be a mixture of shape - stone tracery round, rectangle and an oriel window
- I will be able to add to the structure at a later date
The startI bought a sheet of 12mm plywood (for the structure) and 9mm plywood (for the floors) and started by cutting the gable ends. I marked where each floor would be in pencil, (base, first and second floor) leaving 220mm between the floors, (the height of the rooms)
To fix each floor in place, I routed a channel into the gable ends with a 9mm router bit, which is the thickness of the sheet I'm using for the floors. This will allow each floor to sit into the channel and give it extra stability. The floors will not only be glued and pinned into the channels, the walls below will also support them.
|Left and right wall laid flat|
In typical Gothic style, all of the roof will be pitched into a point so the next step is to basically cut a triangle into the top of each gable. I marked a point in the top centre of the gable and measured 20mm above the last, (attic), floor and cut it with the laminate trimmer.
Once I had my gable ends, I cut the base which will give me the sizes for the second and third, (attic), floor. The base is 12mm thick, the depth of the gable end and I've made it 950mm wide. Now I know the second and third floors are 9mm thick, the depth of the gable ends and 958m wide, (950 + 4 + 4mm for the channels)
The picture above explains better how the floors sit into a channel in the gable end walls
The building dry fit together. Next, some doors.
If you could make/have made a dream dolhouse, what would be on your must have list?