Making Miniatures – two-shelf side table

Both of the side tables I made for my doll-collecting friend.

Both of the side tables I made for my doll-collecting friend.

My recent posts have been about miniature furniture that I’ve made for my doll-collecting friend. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a secret project! I’m not ruining a surprise by posting here!)

I saw these really cute two-shelf tables on Pinterest (looking at all the miniatures has started to fill up my Pinterest feed with more minis…) from 1 inch minis by Kris, and decided to make some myself. While she does offer a pattern, it wasn’t in a laser-cutter friendly format, so I re-drafted it in Adobe Illustrator, making a shelf, legs, base, and top.

Both of the side tables I made for my doll-collecting friend.

Both of the side tables I made for my doll-collecting friend.

I also made a second shelf but opted not to use it ultimately.  I put two in the layout, so that I could make two versions, in two different heights.

The doll above is Top Model Resort Teresa, a Barbie doll from her collection.

The shorter of the two shelves I made for my doll-collecting friends.

The shorter of the two shelves I made for my doll-collecting friends.

After drafting it, I sent it to the Maker Space for the laser cutter, cutting it out with a few other things in 1/4″ birch plywood. When it was cut I sanded the edges, and then began the assembly.

I used bamboo skewers for the rails of the shelf, cutting six of them for each shelf, in two different lengths. I used wood glue to put the skewers into the base shelf, then glued on the legs, using a little pressure as the glue dried to make sure it sat level. Then I glued in the top support, again, and glued on the top – again putting some pressure on so the top would sit level.

Both of the side tables I made for my doll-collecting friend.

Both of the side tables I made for my doll-collecting friend.

The doll above is from Integrity Toys, part of the NuFace collection, and her name is Eye Candy Rayna. 

I decided to leave the piece unstained like the wooden shelf I made earlier, so that my friend could paint or stain the shelves the way she wanted, to coordinate with whatever display she decides to put them in.

I’ve shown the finished piece here with some of my friend’s tiny doll accessories and two of her dolls. 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)

Both of the side tables I made for my doll-collecting friend.If you want to see more of my work-in-progress photos, come follow me on Instagram! If you want to see more finished projects, please either subscribe to my blog, or follow me on my Dawn’s Dress Diary Facebook page, where each of my blog posts gets published so you can see when new posts come out.

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