American Girl Fever has hit my eight year old granddaughter rather hard. Predictably, an American Girl doll arrived under the Christmas tree last month.
If the price tag on the doll doesn't send your heart into rapid palpitations, the cost of accessories will. So I set about researching furniture plans for 18-inch high plastic people.
The pink(!) picnic table looked like a good place to start.
Put four of the 24-inch boards aside.
Using glue and screws, secure five of the 24-inch boards to the three 7-inch braces as shown.
(The official American Girl table is only 15.5 inches long, but 24 inches will allow a little girl to put more of those oh-so-wonderful accessories on the table.)
There doesn't seem to be any detailed instructions covering the construction of the table legs, so here's where you might have to improvise.
2. Cut legs from a double layer of foam board, adjusting the length and the angle of the cuts until you are happy with the result. (The official American Girl table is 7.5 inches high.)
3. Use the foam legs as a pattern and cut four wooden legs from the 1X2.
Life-size picnic table instructions on doityourself.com show a
"half lap" joint cut for the x-legs.
This is way, way, waaaaaaaay out of my skill range.
If you'd rather avoid the half lap joint, proceed to the next step.
4. Cut a small block of wood and glue it between the leg and brace.
Glue and screw the legs into the braces.
Screw the leg next to the small block into the table top as well.
From the OUTSIDE, screw the legs together at their intersection.
5. Using a 3/4-inch bit, drill a shallow hole
at the inside intersection of each leg.
I scratched the inside leg doing this. This is where the wood filler comes into play.
|The 1X2 is too wide for the shorter bench legs. |
7. Make another pattern with narrower legs. (The official American Girl benches are 3.5 inches high.)
. . . after turning each block 90 degrees, cut the blocks down to a narrower width.
This will be tedious if you're doing it by hand, but the final result will look better.
9. Discard the piece you cut away
and make the necessary angle cuts to finish the legs.
10. Cut six 2.25-inch blocks for braces.
1. Drill a 5/16" hole in the two balls and all FOUR of the wooden wheels.
|2. Put glue in the hole of each ball. Wrap a twist tie over the top of each rod, leaving an equal length draping down on each side. |
Insert the rods into the balls and allow to dry
3. Thread TWO wheels onto each rod. Coat the threads of the rods with Gorilla Glue approximately 3/4" above the bottom.
Glue the two wheels to each other and to the rod in the area where you just applied the glue.
Allow to dry.
6. Apply a couple of Velcro strips to the string light battery pack. (Careful! Don't put it on the side with the battery door.)
Place the battery pack on the underside of the table, marking sure the switch is accessible.
two or three pieces of fabric for making tablecloths,
clay for making pretend food,
a small stack of 6X6 origami paper for making paper lanterns to cover some of the lights,
a promise to show her how to stitch a hem, roll a tiny hot dog, and fold a little paper balloon.
I'm linking to
Hope Studio for Tutorial Tuesday,
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday and
Nikki's Nifty Knacks for Gettin' Crafty on Hump Day.