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How to Make a Miniature House Part 4 (The wood work)

In this part of the tutorial we take a look at some of the actual wood work in the miniature house. This is a whole lot of crafting fun.


The front porch

The front porch looks really nice. To do this we used all balsa wood and basswood. These are hobby woods that are very easy to work with.

I buy assortment bags of these woods. It is really handy because you have an assortment to work with. If you have a very specific size need you can purchase balsa wood in specific sizes.

Here on amazon: Bags of Balsa Wood and Basswood


The foamboard under structure

As with the other major structures in the house we start with a base of foamboard.



The wood patterns

It is a matter of looking at the actual porch then mimicking the wood patterns with strips and pieces of balsa wood.



Add strips of wood

Continue to add more strips and pieces.


Building the railing

Here the railing is being built.


The steps


Painting the porch


Balsa Wood in Economy bag

Balsa Wood in Economy bag

Balsa Wood and BassWood - These are great materials for making miniature houses and doll houses. Bass wood is very soft and light and very easy to work with. Although not as durable or strong as balsa wood. Balsa wood is stronger but also a bit more work to cut and sand etc. Both are still easy and light.




Will's Book on Diorama Making

Will's Book

How to Make Fantasy and Medieval Dioramas

This books shows you how to make fantasy and medieval dioramas using many commonly available tools and materials. There are over 100 pictures and illustrations showing you how to make great dioramas in fantasy and medieval styles. Chapters include basics, water effects, terrain tips and special effects like electricity and small motors. Tutorials include how to use foam, plaster of paris and paper mache to make great looking dioramas.