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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Base Floor of Building Project

This week we are beginning our building project with the base floors. The base floors are the floors for the bottom floor of the building and will differ a bit from the ceiling/floor units we will build later.

I do want to thank the readers/viewers that were familiar with the book that I have the notes from. Several of you were able to provide me with the details and I hope that my copy is on the way. In case you want to find a copy of your own here are the details: Building Miniature Houses and Furniture, by Dori Krusz.

I am changing the way the base floors are built a slight bit, mostly because my posterboard was not as thick as what the author was using. Because of the thinner board when I tried to cut my floors larger than my wall sizes it didn't work. So instead my base floor units are cut 8 1/8” by 16” for the entry/hall that I made on camera. I will be making 2 floors for rooms on the bottom floor and they will measure 12 1/8” by 16 each. (I need to pick up more poster board and basswood first)

The materials for this are fairly easy to get poster board (any art/craft store should carry it and my dollar store also has it) and basswood strips that are ¼” by 1/8”. We will need lots of both but it is easy to just pick up some work through what you have and then get more. Not like having to invest in a huge sheet of plywood and then tools to cut it.

The basswood strips you will need are as follows:
2 that are 8 1/8” (same as width of poster board)
4 that are at least 8 5/8” (these don't need to be exact they just need to be long enough to have at least ¼” overhang on each side of the poster board floor. The rest of the pieces I cut to fit the project as I went.

You will need to think about where those ends of the strip wood extend because we are going to try to have them line up side by side with the matching ones from the wall units. They will also have to not be in the way of the floors of the next room over. When we make the wall units I think it will be easier to picture what I am trying to explain here.

Be sure to weight down your floor units (and all the other units we will be making) while the glue dries. We are working with small dimension wood and and that does like to warp when you glue it.

Stay tuned for future installments of this series. 

finished floor

materials needed


1 comment:

  1. Hello Joanne,

    Congratulations on the new project. I think this is a creative and unique way to build a dollhouse structure. It already looks great and I can't wait to see the final results.

    I have been meaning to thank you for all your tutorials. I discovered your video posts on YouTube and have enjoyed them so much. They are very informative, interesting, and thorough. I appreciate the time you take to explain the "why" and "how" of your technique, process, and the products you use. You're a great teacher. :)

    You have inspired me to start making miniatures myself...and even start my own blog. I've been saying I would do so ever since I discovered your terrific videos back in November of last year! I finally got the courage to get up and going.

    Thank you for all that you do and for bringing so much joy and beauty to this world. Looking forward to more of your posts and videos!

    All best,