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Making Fretwork Doll Furniture

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Beautiful handmade furniture can be built for any size doll

In the Summer 2011 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts (SSW43), Kirk Ratajesak offers patterns for fretwork wooden doll furniture. Rolf Beuttenmuller cut the chair and quilt rack from cherry and the table from oak.

Every little girl loves doll furniture, and pieces crafted by a parent or grandparent will be treasured far more than store-bought pieces. Barbie’s custom vanity will be the talk of the playground and the lucky owner can proudly say, “My pappy made it for me!"

Making Furniture & Dollhouses  SSW43

The attached pattern for the chairs are scaled for Barbie®-style 11 1/2"-tall dolls. Increase the size of the patterns by 157% for 18" dolls such as American Girl® dolls. Adjust the slots to fit the width of the stock when enlarging or reducing patterns.

The patterns for the vanity, table, bench, and quilt rack are available in the Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Summer 2011 issue.

Materials & Tools:


• 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 12 1/4" (6mm x 89mm x 311mm) cherry (per chair


• #5 reverse-tooth blades

• Drill with assorted small bits

• Clamps

The author used these products for the project. Substitute your choice of brands, tools, and materials as desired.

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Kirk Ratajesak Kirk Ratajesak of Seattle, Wash., has been scrolling since 1973. more