The materials you need build this cabinet will depend on the scale you are working in. I used craft basswood (tilia or lime) 1 inch (2.5cm) wide 3/32 inch (2mm) stock for the sides, shelves and top of the cabinet, and 3 inch wide(7.5cm), 1/16 inch (1mm) stock for the beadboard for the back of the cabinet. The miniature beadboard instructions are given separately, as you may choose to make a cabinet with a plain back or no back.
I also used small crown molding for upper trim for the stand alone cabinet, and as a stop for the back of the plate rack. You may want to wait to add the crown molding to the top of the cabinet until after all the other upper cabinets are in place for your dolls house kitchen.
The cup hook / peg rail was made from a scrap of wooden coffee stir stick. A scrap of 3/16 inch square stock was used to make the supports for the plate rail and I used 20 gauge wire for the plate supports.
- Razor Saw and Miter Box for cutting crown molding trim
- Craft Knife for cutting wood to length.
- End Cutters for trimming wire to length
- Pin Vise or Miniature Drill
- Sanding Block and Fine Sandpaper
- Metal Ruler and Marking Pencil
- Engineer's Square
- PVA or Wood Glue
- Acrylic Paint
Assemble the Basic Upper Cabinet Carcass
To build the cabinet I set up three sections. The cabinet carcass used two sides, one inch (2.5 cm)wide by 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) long, cut from 3/32 (2mm) thick stock. The top is cut from the same one inch (2.5 cm) stock to a length of 2 1/2 inches(6.5 cm) The top is glued across the ends of the sides as shown, then the backing section is glued inside the back and top. My beadboard backing section was cut to 2 5/16 inches wide (5.9 cm) by 2 5/16 inches long (5.9 cm). I painted my beadboard backing on both sides before gluing it into the back of the cabinet carcass.