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View File Workbench Magazine March-April 1967 Doll's Tree House This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use. Submitter John Morris Submitted 05/01/2019 Category Wooden Toys
Yipper. I promised the youngest she could have one too, so it's on my bench. If you recall my first one it was farm house that we constructed from to scale stick lumber with 2x4s 2x10s 2x6s etc didn't buy this one all the parts I designed and milled up including the tiny moulding, the clapboards, windows etc. This one is a kit. A friend of mine bought it in 1995 for his baby girls - who are now grown and gone He paid a king's ransom for the thing, these things ar bodaciously expensive. Very early on (right away) he found that the gozillion tiny unmarked unlabeled pieces was just too much so he packed it all away and there it sat the last 20 years. Recently gave the whole shooting match to me. I've been assembling it. It's one of those expend-O-licious over the top ridiculously over done dollhouses that come in a kit. Real Good Toys is the brand. Milled Hawthorne is the model. The assembly instructions are the very worst thing imaginable. There's thousands of parts and not one of them is labeled in any way, The PDF instructions identify the parts by stating the dimensions in fractions. Fractions which the cutting house did not adhere to closely enough to in order for the assembler to distinguish a 16th from 32nd from a 64th and yes they use very small fractions. Picture me picking up any one of a bozillion small pieces and - not knowing what it is - measuring it and consulting the PDF to try to find the dimensions. It's like trying to decipher some code for a treatise that the WWII Germans coded using their enigma machine. There are no grand scale photographs showing how things go together. Instead there are these little close up sketches that show you small bits of some assembly or other and they are so poorly drawn that it is often impossible to tell which part overlaps which. That's assuming that one could figure out which parts the sketches show. Glossy large photographs would have been good - a video better. They claim you can assemble it with a ridiculously tiny compliment of tools: tape, hammer, little nails, that sport of thing. Honestly people, if I didn't have a full shop and compressor and pin nailers I would not be able to put it together. I've had to make jigs and parts to hold things together, parts that replace some of the poorly designed parts. The stairs have been giving me conniptions. The engineers failed to make it so that one could dry fit anything. You are supposed to assemble the rail and spindles and newel posts and treads inside the house with your big fat fingers and there is nothing to support anything whilst the glue dries. The instructions claim that you can use tape. Fat chance of that. Here is my workaround for that. It's a jig I couldn't do this any other way. Not even CA glue would have worked. Too many parts to bring together in harmony.