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Materials Used to Make Dollhouse or Model Building Doors
Materials used to make dollhouse and miniature scale doors for model buildings.

Craft wood and acrylic glazing used to make a miniature door in dollhouse or model scales.

Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

This simple door was made from standard sized craft wood strips to fit a 1:12 scale roombox. If you want to make smaller doors you will need to adapt the materials to suit the size of door you need. For doors smaller than 1:24 scale you can use various thicknesses of card or Davey board and construct the door with parts cut from the card instead of very thin wood. If you wish, you can use veneer tape to make doors for 1:48 scale dollhouses or 28mm gaming buildings.

Materials Needed to Make a Simple Half Window Door in 1:12 and 1:24 Dollhouse Scale

For 1:12 Scale Doors, All Materials Should be is 1/16 Inch Thick. For 1:24 Scale Doors the Materials Should be 1:32 Inch Thick

Materials for 1:12 Scale Door

  • Craft Wood 1/16 by 2 9/16 wide, by 3 3/16 inches tall
  • Glass or plastic glazing for a photo frame, 1/16 inch thick , 2 1/16 wide by 3 inches tall.
  • Strip wood 1/16 inch thick by 1/4 inch wide, various lengths (see plan next page)
  • Strip 1/16 inch thick by 3/8 inch wide, various lengths (see plan next page)
  • Strip wood 1?16 inch thick by 1/2 inch wide, various lengths (see plan next page)

For 1:24 Scale Doors

  • Craft wood 1:32 inch thick by 1 9/32 inches wide, by 1 19/32 inches tall.
  • Glazing material 1/32 inches thick by 1 1/32 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
  • Stripwood 1/32 thick by 1/8 inches wide various lengths (see plan next page)
  • Stripwood 1/32 inches thick by 3/16 inches wide various lengths (see plan next page)
  • Stripwood 1/32 inches thick by 1/4 inches wide, various lengths (see plan next page)

If you decide to build in hinges to add strength to the hinge, you will need fabric or metal hinges as well. If you want to use a pin for a hinge assembly, you can add that later when you make a door frame.

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