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Playing and displaying dollhouses has been popular since the 1700̵7;s when the affluent were engaged in the hobby. Today it is for anyone with an interest. Let’s explore several keys to building an enjoyable dollhouse hobby.
What will you use your dollhouse for? Play or Display?
As an adult collector, consider the finer and more delicate models for display. If you have young children you also may want to provide them with a sturdy dollhouse so that you can enjoy the hobby together. This may keep them from harming your work. For child’s play, consider 3/4 or 1/2 inch base with 3/8 inch sides and roofing, or select plastic construction.
What is the most appealing size?
Selecting the scale you will use depends on 3 basic considerations:
If you have dolls that you want to fit, select the size that provides several inches of ceiling headroom and a comfortable fit in furniture. This may mean building a non standard size with custom built furnishings.
The most popular size is 1:12 where 1 inch equals 1 foot. This scale provides a very large selection of products.
If space is an issue or you love miniatures, opt for the 1:24, also called half scale. 1 inch equals 2 feet, or 24 times smaller which is becoming more popular. The downside is less availability and selection of products.
How will you acquire your dollhouse?
Three obvious strategies include: making your own from scratch, buying it ready made, or buying and assembling a kit. Making your own will require some skill and the right tools. If you are a DIY enthusiast and adventurous, you might even design your dream doll house using Google SketchUp, a free 3D modeling software package.
What type will you select?
There are wonderful models to select from. The most popluar styles include Tudor, Victorian, Georgian, Colonial, and modern styles. Start a viollage. If you are starting from scratch, you may want to try an easy 1-2 room single floor bungalow. And, consider purchasing door and window units to add to the ease of construction and a more professional look.
What hobby hand and power tools will help?
For the DIY hobbyists there are many precision hand tools that will aid in your more intricate work such as mini clamps and helping hands, mini hammers and pliers. Nad, there are many mini hobby power tools that are built for finer delicate work such as mini routers and lathes. One example of a versatile tool called the Electro-File helps cut, shape, sand, and finish delicate models.
The fun part: How will you build, wire, and add d