Dolls house skirting board

I was a bit worried about how I was going to cut out the angle to join the pieces for the skirting board together. But luckily they had a mitre cut in the woodworks room. Well I think it’s called that, here’s a picture of it.

It was easy to use and a fabulous tool to have. I got the wood strips from the scrap bin, there was so much off cuts. So this was a bonus, something free for a change.

The  skirting board fitted wonderfully, and I think completes the room (I still need to glue them in place).

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Finished in the workshop already!

I cannot believe that I have finished making the room box after a day and a half. Everything fits well together and is easy to put together and take apart. In total the whole thing cost me £3 which was a reasonable price (I think). However I need to cut out the window and door, although this will not be done until it is ordered online as I’m not sure about the size.

Here is some photographs of my so far finished room box.

I won’t be removing the excess wood from the outer parts of the room box because this will not be seen in the photographs.

This is how each wall will be removed to take photographs from different angles.

A close up of the mortise and tenon joint. The thickness of the wood I used in the end was 12mm

First day in workshop

It was a great day at the workshop today. I was able to to get my wood cut out and then measured up and cut again for the mortise and tenon joints. I read somewhere on the internet that it’s better to cut out the mortise joint first, I’m only assuming its because its easier to try and make the tenon joint fit to the mortise joint or perhaps its easier to correct the tenon joint if the mortise joint is cut too big. I would love to know what the real reason is. Is mine correct?

Below is the beginning photographs for the room box, I got so busy I forgot to take more.

When I did my GCSEs and A-Level in Woodworks, the one equipment that everyone had to stay away from and not touch was the band saw. It was strictly out of limits to students and could only be used by teachers. Today however I have finally experienced using the machine. I was a bit nervous at first and tried to avoid it, but the man in the workshop, insisted I use it as its a great experience. He was right, it was great and much quicker then the other saw (the name has completely slipped my mind). I finished cutting out all my pieces however I cut them out too small so I have to come back tomorrow to file the down. I think I’m going to finish this much quicker then I expected.

The Deadline -7th February 2011

I have given myself a deadline to complete the room box (This does not include furnishing the box). This deadline will be good for me because in that way I will produce more work and develop my ideas.

I’m fully committed to completing this task, I just hope I have to the speed to do it in.

Deadline: 7th February 2011

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MDF wood measurements

I’m so excited I’m going to my university tomorrow to cut out the wood for my room box. I’m not excited about cutting out the wood its more about knowing that I’m going somewhere with this project. I’m not hanging around doing nothing which I felt I did all last term… but thats behind me and I’m now going to try my best to produce as much work as I can.

Below is the individual wood sizes for each of the five pieces;

Side x2: 22cm x 35cm

Front x2: 30cm x 22cm

Base x 1: 35cm x 30cm

The overall wood measurement has changed to 80cm x 75 cm since I repositioned how the pieces would lie out on the sheet of MDF. (Is this clear? I hope it makes sense)

MDF size to use for the room boxes

The overall MDF size that I will buy is;

Width: 80cm

Length: 90cm

Thickness: 1-1.5cm (if thats possible)

This size is reasonable and has enough room to include the tenon joint.

Plans: Sketches

Hmm what wood should I use?

The type of model that I would be making for the miniature scale room (with four walls), would have to be collapsible. I want to be able to remove any wall so that I can take photographs from different angles.

My years of studying woodworks (resistant materials) has paid off and I am at an advantage for making and designing things. Although I haven’t practiced for a couple of years, the skills are still there and I am looking forward to getting back to work.

The walls and floor with be made from wood, probably MDF (medium density fibreboard) as although it is not natural wood it shouldn’t crumble or weaken after a while like chipboard. This is a necessity as I will constantly be removing the walls. Another wood that I’ll take into consideration is plywood.

MDF

Chipboard

Veneer Plywood

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