Their website should have pictures and overall outside dimensions. The
rest can be estimated "close enough" from the pictures, knowing the
approximate height of the dolls.
I'm not certain how to deal with the shelves. Card stock maybe?
I've made all sorts of doll sized things for my grand daughters. The doll
is 18" so I use 20" inside for beds, cradles, etc. If you want to scale the
chest to the "official" AGD size, it should probably be about 10" long and
cost much more than it is worth. I made the girls a chest that is 24" long
and they were very happy with them.
Anything you make will be superior to anything AG sells.
It's a box. Got shelves in.
I don't see "American Girl" as being much help here. They make these
things by the truckload, you're doing a one-off. Techniques like
die-stamping just aren't going to help you.
If it were me, I'd kidnap a doll for sizing (winter sports holiday in
Lapland) and then make one from corrugated cardboard. Get the sizes
Then I'd adjust the fence on the bandsaw nice and square, and set to
with either 4mm MDF or thin birch plywood. Glued butt joints are
perfectly adequate for a closed box of this size, especially if you
put glue blocks in the main corners of the chest. The old trick of
making a sealed box, then bandsawing off the lid is also a good one.
Buy suitable fittings early on - doll's house makers have lots of
useful stuff (there's also a Usenet group for doll's houses). Watch
out for problems when adding a catch later, as you don't have enough
thickness to use woodscrews. Plan ahead and give thick edges which you
can use with small nuts and bolts. It's also worth designing it so
that any interior doors or drawers are clamped shut when the main lid
is closed, so you only need one catch for the whole piece.
Scanning fabrics or interior design magazines and printing up your own
lining paper is another useful trick.
As with any toy, check you can pick it up by the hinges and whirl it
round your head without damage.
PS - It's mid November. You already have No Time Left !
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