Since a miniature doll house is a scaled-down version of a real house, you can build some of its components basically the same way. A real stairway is composed of three basic parts: stringers, treads and risers. You need to build a miniature doll house stairway with these same parts -- just on a smaller scale, of course.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Balsa wood or cardboard
- Triangular moulding
- Wood glue
- Exacto knife
Know that the 3 parts of a stairway are: the stringers- the base/sides of the stairway; the treads- the parts you walk on; and the risers- the wood pieces that are installed upright to make the "back" of each stair.
Measure from the bottom floor to the top floor to determine how long the stairway needs to be. The stringers will be this long. The actual width of the stringers will depend on the scale you're using for your doll house.
Normally you'd need to determine what the rise (the height) of each step will be. You'd also need to determine how wide and deep each step will be. However, you can circumvent these 2 steps by using triangular moulding.
Use 2 pieces of balsa wood or cardboard to make the stringers for your miniature doll house stairway. Before you can cut the notches out of the stringers, you'll need to measure and mark them. The notches you cut with an Exacto knife will be the width of the triangular moulding. If the sides of the moulding are too wide for your doll house scale, trim them down.
Measure and cut the triangular moulding with a hacksaw to make the steps (the treads and risers attached together) as wide as you need them to be. Begin attaching the steps to the stringers. Place the top step in position on the top notches of the stringers; glue it in place.
Repeat placing and gluing the remainder of the steps (triangular moulding) into place. You may need to hold the steps onto the stringers with clamps until the glue completely dries.
Tips and warnings
- Dryfitting the pieces of the stairway together before you glue them is a good idea. It allows you to trim the balsa or cardboard for a perfect fit.
- Using fast-drying glue will make this project go more quickly and more easily.
- If you want to stain your miniature doll house stairway, do so before you begin to assemble the pieces. Stain won't cover glue.
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