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1:12 scale tall dresser (tutorial)

1:12 Scale Tall Dresser (tutorial)

1:12 scale tall dresserI designed this miniature 1:12 scale tall dresser for the dollhouse. It’s fairly easy to make as long as the measurements are as close to exact as possible. My cuts aren’t always perfect and I make adjustments as I go along. It’s a learning process and can be a lot of fun!
Completed measurements – 5″ high, 2-1/4″ wide, and 2″ deep.

Don’t feel like doing all this work? Leave out the drawers and you’ll have a bookcase!

Materials

  • 1/8″ thick foam core board
  • white glue (I don’t recommend hot glue because it tends to create a space between surfaces)
  • utility knife
  • square ruler (not necessary but useful)
  • square balsa wood (for drawer pulls)

Some Useful Tips

  1. Measure and measure again . . this is the most important step.
  2. Make sure the cut pieces are squared.
  3. Replace the knife blade as soon as you see signs of a dull cut
  4. During the cutting process, label each piece so that it will be easy to find when you are ready to assemble.
  5. If you are painting the dresser do it before assembly.
  6. Before assembly measure the cut pieces again. A fraction of an inch off will make a difference in the look of the dresser and things might not fit. This would be the time to trim where necessary or cut a new piece.

 Making the Dresser Body

From foam core board cut:
3 pieces of 2″ x 4-7/8″ for the back and sides
6 pieces of  2″ x 1-3/4″ for the shelves

diy 1:12 scale dresser assembly

Mark one of the 2″ x 4-7/8″ pieces for placement of the shelves. The measurements are in the spaces between the shelves.  The lines in the diagram represent the shelves.

Step 1: Glue the sides to the back. The finished width will be 2-1/4″.
Glue the bottom shelf in place 1/4″ from the bottom, as marked.
Let dry.

The measurements of the completed dresser body should be 4-7/8″ high, 2-1/4″ wide, and 2″ deep.

Step 2: Glue the rest of the 5 shelves in the places marked. Double-check the distances from shelf edge to shelf edge as you go along.
Let dry completely.

The Drawers

From foam core board cut:
4 pieces of 1-7/8″ x 1-3/4″ for the drawer bottoms.

  • Top drawer:
    2 pieces of 1-3/4″ x 3/8″ for the drawer sides
    1 piece of 1-5/8″ x 3/8″ for the drawer back
    1 piece of 2″ x 3/4″ for the drawer front
  • Second drawer:
    2 pieces of 1-3/4″ x 3/8″ for the drawer sides
    1 piece of 1-5/8″ x 3/8″ for the drawer back
    1 piece of 2″ x 11/16″ for the drawer front
  • Third drawer:
    2 pieces of 1-3/4″ x 5/8″ for the drawer sides
    1 piece of 1-5/8″ x 5/8″ for the drawer back
    1 piece of 2″ x 1-1/16″ for the drawer front
  • Fourth drawer:
    2 pieces of 1-3/4″ x 3/4″ for the drawer sides
    1 piece of 1-5/8″ x 3/4″ for the drawer back
    1 piece of  2″ x 1-3/8″ for the drawer front

Step 1:
Glue the drawer side pieces on top of the drawer bottom edge (on the 1-3/4″ sides)
Step 2:
Glue the drawer back piece in between the sides.

1:12 scale tall dresser

Do not attach the drawer fronts yet!
Allow the drawers to dry.

Test the fit of each drawer making sure that it flushes with the front edge of the shelf. If the cuts were not exact you can trim where it’s needed.

 

Place the drawer front on top checking the placement while the drawer is still on the shelf space. There should be about a 1/8″ overhang on the bottom (see photo).
The drawer front should rest 1/2 way on each shelf, about 1/16″ of an inch in.

Assemble all 4 drawers and ley dry completely.

 

 

Step 3:
From foam core board cut:
1 piece of 2″ x 2-1/4″ for the top of the dresser.

Glue to the top.

1:12 scale tall dresser diy

Step 4:
Attach drawer pulls of your choice. I cut 4 small pieces of square balsa wood and glued them in place.

You’re done! I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow.

You can also download the miniature 1:12 scale tall dresser (tutorial)

 

Disclaimer: This is my first thorough miniature furniture tutorial. Although I carefully measured all the cut pieces before and after assembly, I do not guarantee that yours will turn out the same.

If you are making the dresser and run into problems or have questions I’d like to hear from you!
You can email at ria @ ballostringdesign.com (no spaces)

 

 

 

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