lsalati Posted April 27, 2014 Share Posted April 27, 2014 I have wanted to make a dollhouse that was authentic to the Federal Period. My journey began with a kit dollhouse but quickly stalled when I realized that the ceiling height was too low. It just bothered me so much that I could not bring myself to finish it. With time for miniatures at a premium, I decided to break down the project into rooms. Each room would be made in its entirety and then someday would be assembled into a house at a later date. The symmetry of Federal homes works well for this and you can enjoy your finished room, while you work on the rest of the building. So my plan began with the construction of the dining room. If you want more of blow by blow you can go here: http://www.picturetr...m/lmhillgartner The room exterior is 17 inches square and 13 inches high. The interior is 16 inches wide, 14 inches deep and has a 12 inch ceiling height. The windows and china cabinets are real glass and scratch built. All of the moldings are made from lumber that has been pieced together to give the effect. All of these are copies of the moldings in the Samuel Whitehorne house in Newport, RI. I took a class from Peter Kendall in which we made one of the walls from that help and I adapted it to my room box. The carpet is called the Spanish Savonnerie, a chart by Joseph Boria and stitched by me on 40 ct silk gauze. The picture is one I painted at the Guild show in a class by Phyllis Hawkes. My first painting ever - she is an amazing teacher. Here are some close-ups of the wood work but are early pictures before I added the knobs made by Ron Stetkowicz. The hardest part for me was the cornice or crown molding. I had to develop this on my own because the wall I made in Peter's class did not have a ceiling and thus only part of the cornice. With the help of a dear friend, Tamra, I was talked through the process of combining different shape wood molding to achieve the final cornice. I was also guided by the original plans for the house that I found on the Library of Congress website. Original plans: Planning the cornice: Close-up of the finished product. I was able to contact the original person that Peter used to get the laser cut diamond shapes to use in the cornice. The reeded parts are actually half rounds glued side by side - yes a bit tedious. The room is now awaiting lighting, furniture and all the other wonderful stuff you put in a dining room. Lots of shopping again. Now on to the living room. It will be a mirror image of this room and I will change the cabinets at the back to something unique to that room. Don't hold your breadth, this room took me a couple of years. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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