June 5th, 2017 Blog: Building dolls house The Magpies

Part 2, June 5th, 2017:

Today we continue with the assembly of the components. A few general rules for building a Doll House. First fit the parts, you want to assemble without glue. So you can find out the right way and order to place all the parts. In practice the order of the instructions isn't  always the right order. This is also the case with this House. In the course of building this  house this will turn out and practice often leaves a better way. Another point is painting of the parts in advance. Some spots are not good to edit (e.g. the framework), after they have been put together. These components can be painted than the best, before they are posted. Look out for damaging the newly-applied paint. For our house here applies that we will build this House as an example for in the store. The House has to be sold and therefore we leave it unpainted. Parts that are not needed to be glued we fasten using folded adhesive tape. This can later be removed easily and without damaging the wood.

Today we are going to start with putting together the dormer windows. They have to be glued.

First the sides (step 33) will be bonded with the window. Nest the roof part of the dormer window can be glued. Do this for both windows. Let the glue dry.

After about 40 minutes (glued with the in the kit attached wood glue) the dormer windows can be glue to the roof (Step 35). We do the fastening of the windowframe part (Step 36) with double folded adhesive tape. The plastic window can best be assembled and glued after the window frame is painted.

The roof with the glued dormer windows can dry.

Meanwhile we can go on with placing the window frames and windows to the house front (Step 42 and 41). When building the house for yourself it is best to paint ans sand the parts before gluing them together. For this house we let the parts unfinished en fasten them with double folded adhesive tape.

The house front and the roof can be set aside till the glue is dried.

We now go on with the earlier glued parts. The beginning of the house is coming soon.

We lay the first side panel flat on our work surface (e.g. the table (Step 3). This is a job for more then two hands. Ask someone to help you, or make your workspace beside a wall you can use for support. First we try out the parts without glue, so we can check if the parts fit in their places. When this is okay and the right order for placing the parts is clear, we can glue the slots to fit these parts. (Be carefull not to damage the in the kit attached bottle with wood glue. It is a very handy bottle with the right top for gluing and the bottle can be refilled). After regularly smearing out the glue we first attach the bottom panel of the house in the slot at the bottom side of the side panel of the house. Place the parts on your work surface so your help can hold the bottom panel in place, or if you don't have help, place the parts with the bottom panel against the wall. Next we can place the back panel in the slot of the side panel and the slot of the bottom panel (Step 4). See to it that de seams fit together nicely and strengthen the assembly with masking tape. Let it dry.

Remove with a cloth the glue which comes out of the seams after pushing the parts tight in place. Let this assembly dry for at least one hour.

During the drying of the first assembled piece of the house we can go on with the front panel. We're going to assemble the shop window to the front panel (Step 38).

We take the glued and dried assembly from Step 37 and place that straigt up on out work surface. Next we take de shop window, without the window frame in it. First try out fitting the parts together so they neatly set to each other. Glue the edges of the shop windows which comes against the front panel. Don't forget to glue the bottom side. Smear the glue regularly on the parts and put the shop window against the front panel. Inspect the seams and fasten the glued parts with masking tape.

Let it dry for at least one hour.

This was the work for today. Everything has to dry and unfortunately we also have to do other things. The next time we go further with assembling the house. It goes pretty fast this way, as long as we don't have to paint and sand. Till next time...