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Materials Needed to Make a Simple Book Board Roombox
Pieces of book binding board cut ready to make a 1:12 scale dolls house room box.

Pieces of Davey Board or Book Board cut ready to make into a 1:12 scale dolls house roombox.

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To Make A Roombox From Book Board You Will Need:

  • Davey board, binders board or book board - one sheet (26 x 38 inches) of 3/32 (.098 inch) thickness
  • Sharp Exacto Knife or Box Cutter - to cut the book board
  • PVA (White) Glue
  • Steel Ruler or Square- to use as a cutting guide
  • Decorative Paper (or paint) to finish the interior of the roombox. I used this free printable blue shirt stripe wallpaper
  • Wrapping Paper- to finish the exterior of the roombox
  • Bone Folder to smooth and fold the covering paper
  • Cutting Mat To protect the work surface against knife cuts
  • Glue Spreader - a brush or paste spreader to cover the edges and sides of the book board with glue.
  • Doll House Scale Windows or Doors - if wanted in the sides of the roombox. Standard openings can be cut and window or door frames made from painted book board scraps if you prefer.

Note:Davey board or binders board is dense and needs a strong, sharp knife to cut. Always cut carefully to avoid injuring yourself. Cutting this type of dense paper board will require 6 to seven passes of a knife blade for each cut.

To Begin the Roombox

  • Cut two pieces of Davey board 10 1/4 inches by 12 1/4 inches for the base and top (if wanted) of the box. Line these pieces up end to end on your board to save yourself from making extra cuts.
  • Cut two pieces of Davey Board 10 1/8 inches by 9 inches to form the side walls of the roombox.
  • Cut one piece of Davey Board 12 1/4 inches by 9 inches to form the back of the roombox.

The completed box interior will be 9 inches tall. Use an arrow to mark the top of the sides and write the measurements on all pieces to avoid confusion

Sand the edges gently if necessary to smooth them off, keeping all edges straight.

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