Making Miniatures – wooden Asian-inspired shelf

Wood Asian-inspired miniature doll shelf.

Wood Asian-inspired miniature doll shelf.

The other day I published a post showing an Asian-inspired shelf made of paper. Once I had sorted out how it went together and liked the result, I decided to do it in wood for my friend as a future gift.

(Don’t worry, I’ve been posting the work-in-progress on my Instagram, so it’s not a secret surprise!) 

Wood and paper Asian-inspired miniature doll shelves

Wood and paper Asian-inspired miniature doll shelves

While I was really happy with the paper shelf, I decided the final version in wood should be a little larger, so I scaled it up in Adobe Illustrator. I also changed the bottom to include cut-on wooden feet rather than the small rolled feet that I had done with the paper version. I also opted to not do the top parts of the shelf, because in the paper version the material was curved… and I can’t do that with my 1/4″ plywood. (Or at least not with the tools I have!) I chose instead to take the same chrysanthemum motif from the front of the shelf, and make a small inset piece with the flower cut out. This should support the shelf, while still being decorative.

After that, I sent it to the Maker Space for the laser cutter. I did it on a layout with a number of other pieces, and cut it in 1/4″ birch plywood.

Asian-inspired miniature doll shelf work in progress

Asian-inspired miniature doll shelf work in progress

After it cut, I sanded all of the edges, and began the rough assembly, basically just placing each of the pieces in place, but not gluing them yet. Although it worked well with paper, since the wood is considerably thicker – I needed to angle the shelves on the sides. I just used my Dremel for this, sanding down the edges so each would fit in more smoothly against the sides of the shelves.

Asian-inspired miniature doll shelf work in progress

Asian-inspired miniature doll shelf work in progress

Once all of the pieces were sanded, I assembled the shelf using wood glue. Like the paper one, I made this for my friend. I opted not to stain the piece, rather leaving it for her to paint or stain to her liking.

I’ve shown the finished piece here with some of my friend’s tiny doll accessories, along with one of her dolls. The doll is a Barbie “Lingerie #6” wearing an outfit called “Dinner at Tiffany’s”.

Wood Asian-inspired miniature doll shelf. If you love fashion dolls or miniatures, consider following her at @CanadianFashionDoll on Instagram!  If you want to see more of the doll-related things, or miniature things I’ve made, click the tags. If (doll tag, miniature tag)

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