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Dollhouse nightstand tutorial 1:12 scale

Dollhouse nightstand tutorial 1:12 scale

Dollhouse nightstand tutorial 1:12 scale

This dollhouse nightstand tutorial is inspired by an image of a modern Danish side table that I saw at The most challenging part was getting the legs right. I was glad that I chose hot glue to attach them because I had to adjust the positioning multiple times!

Here’s the tutorial if you want to give it a try.

Materials you’ll need:

  • 1/8″ thick foam core board
  • white glue and hot glue
  • utility knife
  • square ruler (not necessary but useful)
  • 4 wood skewers
  • square balsa wood (for drawer pull)

Useful Tips

  1. Measure and measure again.
  2. Make sure the cut pieces are squared.
  3. Paint the pieces before assembly (optional)
  4. Replace the knife blade as soon as you see signs of a dull cut
  5. During the cutting process, label each piece so that it will be easy to find when you are ready to assemble.
  6. If you are painting the dresser do it before assembly.
  7. 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.
  8. Test the fit before you commit to gluing.

Make the table body:

From foam core board cut:
2 pieces of 1-1/4″ x 2-3/16″ for the top and bottom
1 piece of 1-1/4″ x 2″ for the back
2 pieces of 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ for the sides
1 piece of 1-3/4″ x 1-15/16″ for the shelf
– glue the sides to the outside edge of the bottom
– glue the top and bottom in place and then the shelf
– let dry completely


Make the drawer:

From foam core board cut:
1 piece of 1-15/16″ x 15/16″ for the bottom
2 pieces of 1/2″ x 7/8″ for the sides
2 1-15/16″ x 9/16″ for the back and front
– glue all the pieces together checking as you go along to make sure it fits.
– Cut a small cube off the balsa wood and glue it to the front of the drawer.



Table Legs


Decide how tall you want the table to be and cut the pointy end off of 4 wood skewers at an angle.  The legs on mine are about 1/2″ long.

Glue in place. I recommend using hot glue because it’s easier to remove the legs and reposition them if needed.




That’s all! If you decide to give this a try I’d love to hear from you.

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