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Choosing Materials and Tools to Make a Simple Dolls House or Scale Table
Pre cut craft lumber shapes which can be used to make dolls house scale table tops.

Precut shapes craft lumber shapes useful for dolls house table tops.

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To Make a Simple Kitchen Table or Scale Model Table You Will Need:

  • Wood - You are best to use an easy to cut wood such as Basswood or Jelutong. A list of sizes for various scales follows this list of materials. Smaller scale tables can be made with heavy card as well as wood. Round, oval or square tables can often be made with pre cut shapes available from craft stores
  • PVA (white) glue or Carpenter's Glue
  • Glue Spreader
  • Miter Box -Simple craft miter boxes are fine.
  • Razor Saw or Craft Saw - You will need one that fits in your miter box.
  • Adjustable Clamps - to hold wood and miter box to your workbench or table.
  • Ruler - To accurately measure your table pieces.
  • Pencil - to mark your wood for cutting and gluing.

Wood Sizes For Miniature Tables

Table Top - To make a miniature table you will need a table top, either purchased pre cut from a craft store who sell squares, rectangles or ovals of thin wood or card. You can cut your own tops from wide strip wood.

  • 1:6 scale table you will need a piece of wood roughly 1/8 to 1/4 inches thick, in the length and width you want for your table.
  • 1:12 scale table - You will need material between 1:16 and 1/8 inch thick. For the table shown I used a 4 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch strip of basswood 3/32 inch thick to make a kitchen table that represents a table 30 inches wide by 4 1/2 feet long.
  • 1:24 scale table - to make the same kitchen table in 1:24 scale you would need a piece of wood 1 1/4 inches wide by 2 1/4 inches long, and 1:16 inch thick.
  • 1:48 scale - to make a quarter scale table card is a better material than wood for the table top, with thicker card used for the apron. The kitchen table in 1/4 scale would be 5/8 inch wide and 1 1/8 inches long.

Table Apron - The apron supports the table top and helps to hold the legs square. To make an apron you need wood which is the scale equivalent of four to six inches wide in your chosen scale. For the 1:12 scale table I used 1/4 inch wide by 1/16 inch thick stripwood. You can use wider wood for this scale if you prefer.You will need a length of stripwood (or card for tiny tables) equal to two times the length and width of your table top.

Table Legs - Each table will require four legs which are slightly less than 30 inches long in scale. Standard table tops are 30 inches above the floor. For the 1/12 scale table the legs are 3/16 to 1/4 inch square stock in lengths of 2 3/8 inches. You will need a ten inch length to make the four legs. For a 1:6 scale table use 3/8 to 1/2 inch square stock in lengths of 4 3/4 inches, so you will need a roughly 20 inches of stock and for a 1:24 scale table use 1/8 inch stock in lengths of 1 3/16 inches, so you will need six inches. For a 1/48 scale table you can use matchsticks or 1/16 inch square stock which is just under 5/8 inches long. You will need two to three inches.

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