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In the previous post the dollhouse shell was completed now I will put on my customer/kit-builder cap & pretend I just received my new Mike's Miniatures Dollhouse kit in the mail.
We'll assume I've already assembled/disassembled the dollhouse & checked that all the parts are present & accounted for. (see previous post for assembly photos)
- I guess the 1st step would be to figure out what this little 8" x 12" house will become...hmmm? I'll skip this step for now & regret it later, LOL.
- All the window(s), door(s) & any other components related to cutouts should be available for measuring.
- Lets say you want two windows on the left (gable) side of the house. Place the left wall section - frame side up, on a clean work surface. Place your 1st floor window, frame side down, on the wall where you would like it to go. With a pencil mark the outer corners of the window frame not the trim. Do the same with 2nd floor window. Note that the packaging usually has the cutout or fits opening dimensions which is exactly what we want.
|Approximate pencil marks for 1st floor window. Looks like I'll center this window all around. Also you could assemble the dollhouse to better configure your cutout placement - then disassemble the dollhouse & start here.|
Okay the width between the studs is 7-1/2" & the height between floor supports is 9-3/8". The window's fits opening dimensions are: 2-9/16"w x 5-1/16"h.
How far from left?
7 1/2 - 2 9/16 = 4 15/16 / 2 = 2 15/32.
How far from the 1st floor support?
9 3/8 - 5 1/16 = 4 5/16 / 2 = 2 5/32.
From the 5 pack of studs for the [left wall, 1st floor] take out 2. They will be the vertical support for the window. They do not need to be cut.
From the extra strip wood pack take one of the 1/4" x 1/8" studs & cut (2) 2-9/16" pieces, this is the fits opening width. They are for the horizontal framing above & below the window.
Then from the 1st floor studs pack cut (2) 2-1/32" pieces, they are for the vertical studs above & below the window. 2 5/32 above & below window - 1/8 thickness of cross studs = 2 1/32".
|The frame should be glued as a unit separate from the wall - do not glue to mat board - use a gluing jig or at least a square to align framing.|
|The window fits in the stud frame !|
|If this is it for the cutouts in this area - then this is how the wall will look before the electrical & interior mat board are added.|
|I think I'll commit to this framing. Next - I'll just glue the framing for around the windows to the mat board. I'll let it dry then cut out the openings. |
See previous post for similar cut out instructions.
|Cut-outs done on this wall. The basement window doesn't have any trim because concrete, brick or stone will create the border, & the sill can be wood, stone or brick.|
...to be continued...
...On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough...
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