Today was a day devoted to putting the pieces together! My first obstacle was figuring out how to pre-punch nail holes. My only other experience with a dollhouse was one that was given to my daughter years ago. I have no idea what brand it was, but it was very flimsy and cheaply built. Not so with the RGT kits! This is some serious wood!
|The wall in the middle is temporarily there to support the loft.|
I was so afraid of nailing the holes too hard. I didn't want to split or ruin my project. After a little trial and error, I figured it out and was pretty surprised that I could actually hit the nail pretty darn hard with no splittage problems. The directions recommended doing this on a thick stack of papers. I just laid the pieces down on carpeting.
Having two sets of hands for the assembly probably wouldn't have been a bad idea, but it really wasn't that difficult by myself. I used Elmer's Stainable Wood Glue and nailed where specified. The hardest part was maneuvering and holding the two roof peaks together- holding them steady while I tried to tape them in place.
|gluing the storefront together|
So far I'm pretty proud of my progress! It's starting to come together :) I guess all those hours spent in my dad's garage weren't wasted afterall!
|Starting to look good!|