Life with Depression

Hi. My name is Josh. I suffer from chronic clinical depression and anxiety. I have suffered with this disease as far back as I can remember. It sucks, but I’m willing to bet it doesn’t look like what many people expect. Today, there is much greater acceptance of mental illness, and people are more understanding…… Continue reading Life with Depression

How to Build Dollhouse Stairs

Lesson Learned: How to build stairs. I said before that this is not a blog about how to build a dollhouse, and for the most part, that’s true. But I think I found the ‘right’ way to build two elements: stairs, and egg carton stones. I’m not saying that there are no other ways to…… Continue reading How to Build Dollhouse Stairs

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Focus on the Windows

Lesson Learned: Focus on the windows. On my first two dollhouses, the windows weren’t much more than holes in the walls. For this one, I wanted to frame them up a little more. This turned out to be a really great feature, and I think it makes the whole house stand out a lot more…… Continue reading Focus on the Windows

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Craft Paper is Your Enemy

Lesson Learned: Craft Paper is Your Enemy. I’ve talked about some things that are sticky, and that I found very helpful… so how about a sticky something that ended up being a PITA throughout the project? I wanted to wallpaper the rooms in the house this time instead of just painting the walls like I…… Continue reading Craft Paper is Your Enemy

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Primer is Your Friend

Lesson Learned: Primer is Your Friend. Priming your dollhouse. This is something that I did not do on the other dollhouses that I built because I wasn’t sure it was necessary. This time, I painted the whole thing white as I went, which ended up being a really great idea. This one’s a quick one.…… Continue reading Primer is Your Friend

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Masking Tape is Your Friend

Lesson Learned: Masking Tape is Your Friend. In order for the wood glue to really work it’s mojo, you have to clamp your join well. But in the world of miniature dollhouse things, unless you find itsy bitsy clamps, this can be a challenge. Enter… masking tape. Instead of relying on expensive tiny dollhouse clamps…… Continue reading Masking Tape is Your Friend

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Wood Filler is your Friend

Lesson Learned: Wood Filler is Your Friend. The other great tool I use for building the dollhouse is wood filler, wood putty, plastic wood, miracle Minwax. This stuff fixes pretty much everything that I do wrong.   As hard as I try to cut all my joins nice and tight, I can never seem to…… Continue reading Wood Filler is your Friend

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Hand Saw vs. Table Saw

Lesson Learned: A handsaw can be just as fast as a table saw. After I printed out my plans, and measured everything out on my plywood, I brought the plywood into the garage to cut all the panels at once. I figured, I have a table saw, I have a cross-cut sled, this is going…… Continue reading Hand Saw vs. Table Saw

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Wood Glue is Your Best Friend

Lesson Learned: Wood Glue is Your Best Friend. I have stumbled on a number of posts on the internet discussing what kinds of glue to use when building a dollhouse. I can’t speak for everyone, but for me – plain old yellow wood glue has been the go-to adhesive When in doubt, I use wood…… Continue reading Wood Glue is Your Best Friend

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There are no Useless Details

Details, Details, Details.

Lesson Learned: There are no useless details. When I started building the dollhouse, I knew I wanted to incorporate as many details as possible. When I’m working on a painting, or print or web material, I frequently find that I have to dial it back a bit when it comes to adding stuff to the…… Continue reading There are no Useless Details

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Truman and Ruthie’s Dollhouse

Handplanes are awesome

So I decided to build another dollhouse… A few years ago I built my first dollhouse for my daughter Norah, complete with handpainted stones, and a wooden shingled roof. I was proud of it then, but I knew there were a lot of ways it could have been better. Then, I built one for my…… Continue reading Truman and Ruthie’s Dollhouse

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Scale is Everything

Plan it Out

Lesson Learned: Scale is everything. Back when I built my second dollhouse, (for my niece, Cami) the thing I was most unhappy with was the scale of the doors and windows relative to the rest of the house. I knew nothing about dollhouse scales when I built Cami’s, so when I set out to build…… Continue reading Scale is Everything

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Font Infographic

I don’t know who designed the font menu in every application ever… but seriously folks. We can do better than that. Every time I need a new font, I try to quickly browse through the entire list of fonts on my PC, and it inevitably ends up taking at least an hour of flipping from…… Continue reading Font Infographic