Monday, December 26, 2016

Dollhouse Making: Easy Wood Product To Build Structure

I'm always looking for products that will make your dollhouse construction easier. Not everyone wants to invest in wood cutting machines. So I found a product that's pretty easy to cut with even a craft knife! And it's cheap too.
 This is called Tempered Hardboard. I bought mine at Home Depot for $5 a sheet. The sheets are 2' x 4' and 1/8" thick. I usually need 2 sheets per project. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hardboard-Tempered-Common-1-8-in-x-2-ft-x-4-ft-Actual-0-125-in-x-23-75-in-x-47-75-in-7005015/202088786
The material is a composite. But it does not warp with moisture. So it's perfect for paint, glue, plaster or concrete application. One side is smooth and the other is rough.
You can use a craft knife or a box cutter. Just score both sides for a neat and clean cut. Sanding is a breeze too.
The end result is a dollhouse that is just as strong as if you had used hardwood.  So if you can't get your hands on a saw try this stuff out. I think you will be very surprised with the result.
hugs♥,

21 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Caroline. I have been doing some reading and catching up with my friends here on blog land. I enjoyed seeing your doll and doll house and everything else that you have been doing. It is a change of scenery that I needed tonight. Hope all is well with you. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri friend Shirley

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  2. oh thats an amazing product I have never seen it here though
    I have a saw to cut timber I usually use MDF or what you call craftwood in 5ml(1/4") or 3ml (1/8")whatever the project would need
    to be firm
    I hope to be here more often this year!

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  3. I like this option. Thanks for sharing with us Caroline. You're always giving good tips.

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  4. Thank you so much for this tip. I'll go and check up at the local home depots if they carry this material.
    A Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Hugs, Drora

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  5. Buena idea! Gracias por compartirla y feliz 2017!!! :)

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  6. Thanks for this information Caroline!
    Hope that your New Year will be filled with More Creativity and Loads of Mini-making Fun! :D

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  7. This is great! I havew a few projects where I can use this. One is an extended roof for a porch. Thanks so much!

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    1. That's terrific! Happy New Year!
      hugs,
      Caroline

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  8. Oh thank you Caroline for that suggestion!! I'll visit Home Depot tomorrow.
    Happy New Year!
    Sally Emley

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    1. Happy New Year Sally! Thanks for visiting!
      :)
      Caroline

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  9. Es una buena opción,gracias por compartir!!!
    Feliz Año Nuevo Caroline!!!
    Besos.

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  10. Muchas gracias por compartirlo.
    Parece un material estupendo que habrá que probar.
    Feliz año nuevo.

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  11. Parece un material muy interesante. Gracias por la información
    ¡Felices Fiestas!

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  12. And what will you be making? It is nice to know that there is a good product to use miniatures. I am still taking a break from the dollhouse. I have to put away all of the Christmas stuff before I can get back to work on the dollhouse. I'll be back soon. Happy New Year, Caroline. I can't wait to see what you create in 2017.

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  13. Good idea. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and Happy New 2017! hugs, Marisa

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  14. Thanks, Caroline! Is this okay to build furniture with? I need to build kitchen cupboards. By the way, a very Happy New Year to you. Wishing you all the best for the coming New Year!

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  15. Thank you Caroline for the tip I will be looking out for this. Thank you so much for all the tips you share so generously throughout the year. Wishing you and yours a wonderful happy healthy peaceful 2017.
    Warm hugs Maria

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  16. I'm laughing Caroline because I think this hardboard is the same stuff my husband bought me in a large sheet for my daughter and I to practice Irish hard shoe on. Haha. Apparently it has many applications. ; )

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  17. Do you have plans for the doll houses? I am looking for some general guideline plans for a doll house so that I can begin a design of my own. Room height. Door sizes. Windows. etc I would love a download of these guidelines.

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    1. Yes! I have PDFs available in my shop. See my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cinderellamoments? if you scroll up a little on the right sidebar. And I've also done a few posts on this: http://www.cinderellamoments.com/2015/07/dollhouse-custom-construction-tutorial.html
      hugs♥

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