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About martincheck

  • Birthday 08/04/65

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Riverside, CA
  • Interests Garfield

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience Please Select
  • Dollhouse Preference I like them both
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  • Real Name Louis
  • Country United States

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  1. Garfield floor plan

    Should be accurate within a few mm as I didn't necessarily take into account the thickness of the walls.  Should be useful for planning wiring or decorating. Garfield floor plan.pdf
  2. Where i am right now

    From the album Louis

    This is where I am right now.  I've built all of the little things that I could.  I'll be doing tape wiring.  Looks like the best way is to do a main tape run along the back open part of the house.  Runs for ceiling fixtures will be on the floor above as it looks like the tape will be easier to hide on a floor as opposed to the ceiling. Those removable bays are good for getting a preview of your painting scheme.  Next step will be deconstructing walls and floors and priming as I go and determining the tape wiring and wallpapering sequence.  I'll probably construct and deconstruct it one more time before final gluing.
  3. Hi Holly,  I haven't been taking any pictures of my Garfield build.  I'll be relying a lot on others like Gina's blog, etc.


  4. The Garfield project

    I started the Garfield about 8 years ago and then we had a baby and I just picked it back up again in February.  I've finished the foundation and the main staircases and all the little pieces like the fireplaces, stairs, chimney, etc.  Dry-fitting before gluing is extremely important as the machine cuts are a little off sometimes.  Having some blocks or something that has accurate 90 degree angles is helpful.  I've been using leftover 4x4 travertine floor tiles.  I keep a Dremel handy with a 180 grit sandpaper attachment in case something needs a little more intense sanding.  Also planning how you are going to clamp something before you glue it is a good idea.  The "Gina's blog" mentioned above has some great suggestions and lots of helpful photos.  I really like her idea of dry fitting all the walls and staircases and papering them before you do the final gluing as the front rooms will be very difficult to get to once everything is glued in place.  My wife will be picking out the wallpaper and flooring so I have to wait to see what she wants.  I bought a Cir-Kit tape lighting kit and plan to install the lighting as i go along as well.
  5. Newb from Kelowna, BC Canada

    The Garfield is also my first house. My wife didn't know what she was getting me into. I hope I'm up to the challenge. It seems to take a lot of patience, planning, dry assembly as not all of the pieces are cut very well.
  6. My wife wanted a dollhouse and bought a Garfield for me to put together for her and I've been hooked ever since. Now I can't imagine not having a dollhouse to work on. I finished the foundation and both staircases and am at the part where you put the trim on the partitions. I see many people use a regular sealer rather than the wood alcohol-shellac mixture. Is it ok to seal surfaces that will be glued together or should I spare the surface that will be glued? Are there any tricks for painting these small trim pieces and setting them to dry? The warm-up sheet mentions laying them on spaghetti but I was wondering if anyone had found anything better.