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Building a Doll House. Tool suggestions.

Hey everyone, 

So I had this crazy idea of building my own doll house and it's a little more expensive and time consuming then I had hoped. I have bought random tools along the road thinking they would help but I am not stuck. I need a power tool to help make stairs and the actual furniture. Unfortunately I am on a limited budget and my hand tools are no longer working with ease. I was really hoping someone might have a couple of suggestions?

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Posted 2012-06-13T14:13:27+0000  by cassieekelley cassieekelley

Hello Cassieekelley,


Welcome to the community.


What a fun project you’re doing.


My daughter received a wooden doll house kit halfway built when she was real little and I built most of the furniture for it.


I would have to say my go to tool was a Dremel. I used it to cut, route, sand, and even carve. It will do just about anything as long as you have the right bit. Most of them come with a few basic bits so you won’t have to purchase them separately.


The Dremel is a very versatile tool. I have 3 of them and use them to etch glass, plastic, and metal just to name a few. I make a lot of my gifts. It not only saves money but the recipient’s just love the idea of getting a one of a kind gift.


So think about all of the things that you can use it for and then consider the price. Not bad at all right. It will pay for its self in no time. :smileywink: 


I also used a scroll saw to cut out a lot of the pieces. There is a very wide price range on scroll saws so shop around. Here is a Buying Guild for Scroll Saws so you will know the basics if you go to purchase one. I also use my scroll saw for a lot different projects.


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The tools that I mentioned are my most used tools in my wood shop. I can make just about anything small project with just those two tools.


I hope this has helped you in your quest for the right tool for your project.


Please let me know if you have any other questions. I would love to help.   

Posted 2012-06-13T16:45:09+0000  by Christine_HD_OC

I will second the comments of SheCanDoIt, the Dremel rotary tools and a scroll saw would be your power tools of choice. To add to that, I would also suggest a couple hand tools that will prove indispensible.

  1. A good hobby knife. You may know it by the brand name, Xacto. You can start with the standard handle and add blades of various types as you need them. Or you can buy a set and have to add blades less frequently, example:Deluxe Hobby Tool Set features the following X-ACTO quality knives and tools:#1 knife with #11 fine point blade, #2 knife with #2 large, fine point blade, #5 knife with #19 angled chiseling blade, #7 blade, #13 blade, #16 scoring blade, #17 light chiseling blade, #22 curved carving blade, #24 deburring blade, #26 whittling blade, #28 concave carving blade, Jeweler’s Screwdriver, Block plane, Block sander, Spokeshave, Balsa stripper, Two routers, Four gouges, Pin vice, Three drill bits, Coping saw with blade
  2. A good coping saw. It's the hand equivalent of the power scroll saw. Sometimes you might just want that mobility or extreme control of doing it by hand
Posted 2012-06-15T01:39:59+0000  by Paul
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