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Parts List To Make a Dolls House Scale Night Table or End Table
The pieces needed to build a dolls house scale night table or bedside table frame.

The pieces needed to build a dolls house scale night table or bedside table frame.

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Materials Needed to Make a Dolls House Scale Night Table :

  • Craft Wood - Use Basswood (US) or Jelutong or Obeche (UK) regular craft balsa wood is not sturdy enough and cannot be sanded for a good finish. - For a 1:12 scale table I used wood with the following dimensions. In full size my bedside table would be one foot deep by eighteen inches wide by 26 inches tall. If you are making your table in a scale other than 1:12, cut your wood to these scale equivalents.
  • Sides - Two pieces cut from one inch by 3/32 inch stock, to a length of 2 3/16 inches
  • Top - One piece cut from one inch by 3/32 inch stock, to a length of 1 1/2 inches. For an overhanging top you will need an additional top piece cut from any suitable stock to a size which is 1 1/8 inches by 1 3/4 inches (this will give you a 1/8 inch overhang on the front and sides.
  • Shelves - For a bottom shelf you will need a piece of one inch wide by 3/32 inch stock cut to 1 inch by 1 5/16. For the drawer support you will need a piece of one inch stock, trimmed or sanded down to 15/16 inch wide by 1 5/16 long, to allow for the thickness of the back it is glued to. If you want your drawer front to overlap this support so that it cannot be seen, you will need to trim another 1/16 of an inch from it to make it 7/8 inches by 1 5/16 inches long.
  • Back - I used 1/16 inch thick craft wood (basswood) cut to 1 3/8 inches wide, by 1 7/8 inches long.

  • For the Drawer I used 1/2 inch by 1/16 inch stripwood for the sides and back, and 1/16 inch stripwood cut from a wider stock for the drawer base.
  • Drawer Sides - cut two pieces 13/16 inch long from 1/2 by 1/16 inch stripwood (basswood)
  • Drawer Front (and back) - you can make a simple inset drawer with the back and front the same dimensions, I used a 1 5/16 inch length of 1/2 inch by 1/16 inch strip wood for both the front and back. If you want your drawer front to overlap your drawer support, you will need a piece of wood wider than 1/2 inch (by the thickness of the piece you use for your drawer support).
  • Drawer Base- I used 1/16 inch thick wood for the base, measured to 3/4 inch wide by 1 1/8 inches long.

Other Materials:

  • Sandpaper - medium and fine see Sanding Techniques and Tips
  • Wood Glue
  • Glue Spreader
  • Razor Saw and Miter Box - or craft knife
  • Metal Ruler
  • Clamps or Gluing Jig
  • Mini Drill
  • Drawer Handle - if you prefer you can cut out a rectangular opening at the top of the drawer, or you can drill two holes and run embroidery thread or crochet thread as a rope handle. Or you can make peg handles from dowel as shown in the instructions for the simple shelf with hanging pegs.

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