Instructions for Real Good Toys’ the Victoria’s Farmhouse Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 ©06/16 Congratulations on your choice of a Real Good Toys product. Your kit has been precision made with meticulous care by our craftspeople using carefully selected materials. This Dollhouse will last for years, even generations, if heirloom care and attention is given during assembly. Take your time and read the instructions completely. If you have questions, ask the experts at your local Dollhouse store or at firstname.lastname@example.org Before you begin - You have already opened the box and see all the parts organized in boxes and bundles. For the moment, keep them that way. There are important things to do before you open your glue bottle. Prepare your space: This dollhouse will spread out over a large area while it is being built. You will need a large flat tabletop for the house, several boxes to keep parts organized until they are needed, and several trays lined with waxed paper for holding small parts like windows and railings. A snap-lid box will keep your tools and supplies handy between building sessions. Preview the Overview (page 3) to plan and organize your build; this helps make it fun and fulfilling. Measure and identify the parts: The kit is packed in groupings that protect the parts, and that is how the Parts List is organized. As you measure and identify the parts, label them with sticky notes using the names from the parts list, and check them off the parts list so you know you have everything. Taking the time now to identify and organize the parts also makes them familiar so you will understand what the instructions intend as you read ahead. • Plan ahead so you know where you are going • Read ahead so you know how to get there • Paint ahead so the parts will be ready when you need them Supplies: Paint: Interior semi-gloss latex paint... Everything gets at least one coat before assembly - get the paint now. Paintbrushes 1” or 2” foam brushes for each color, 3” foam roller for interior painting Sandpaper: 320 grit, 3-5 sheets Glue: Aleene’s Tacky Glue for the dollhouse, Solvent-Based panel cement for shingles Masking tape: ¾” or 1” Wiring: it’s easiest to install some parts during assembly… order wiring supplies now. Screwdriver: #1 Phillips Not suitable for children under 13 years of age Wallpaper paste: Roman’s “Border” Paste California 93120 compliant for formaldehyde phase 2 www.realgoodtoys.help Real Good Toys 122 Gallison Hill Rd Montpelier VT 05602 802 479-2217 www.realgoodtoys.com Assembly Notes /Getting Started (A) page 2 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Options for building the Victoria’s Farmhouse Dollhouse (also visit www.realgoodtoys.help) Doors: Exterior: Exterior Interior Exterior Paint Color: see www.realgoodtoys.help for suggestions Accessories: Gingerbread Flower Boxes Foundation Stucco Grit Octagonal Shingles Fancy Windows and Doors Turnposts and Spindles Interior: Wiring Wallpaper #6002 #1015 #6022 #6018 Interior paint color: Ceilings Note: I often enlarge an interior door opening to fit the #6022 Painted walls A Doghouse for your Dollhouse Interior trim Windows: fit full-size single and double cutouts available working or non-working Flooring: Faux-wood finish (do it now) Applied wood, tile, or carpet Painted floors Banister & Landing Rails Window and Door trim Baseboard and Crown Split Octagonal Shingles #5042 #5015 #5041 #5037 Shingle Dye Dye1: Reddish Brown Dye3: Dark Grey Real Good Toys’ Best1 Dollhouse Wiring Set Trim and Stripwood Flute24 SW16 RGT8 Wallpaper P2000 HH444 #4017 Pine Stair and Landing Set 6803 Banister & Landing Set Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Overview of the Build: Details of each step will be expanded along the way, but lots of folks like to see how it all fits together before they start. Identify and label all of the parts Pre-Assemble: Front Steps, Chimney, Bay Wall Sets, Foundation, and the Top Floor/Gable Floor Paint everything one coat Option: Faux-wood floor finish on the floors Sand everything until the paint is smooth, transparent, and some of the wood is showing through Second-coat the Walls, and the porch sections of the Floors Option: Add an Electrification Slot to the Base Floor Build the housebody up to the Attic Endwalls and Gable Triangle Optional: Start the wiring Mark, paint, and attach the Roofs (but not the Rear Roof) Optional: Attic wiring Install the Dividers (but not the Blind Dividers) Optional: Finish the wiring Assemble and finish painting everything else Finish the Attic - attach the Rear Roof Finish the outside Finish the inside Assembly Tips: A large, clutter-free, well-lighted work area is helpful during assembly, but a flat work surface is essential. Read the instructions carefully; look at each of the illus- trations. !With the parts in your hands!, think the assembly through before you proceed. Test fit each time you are ready to glue a piece in place... then you’ll know you have it right. If more tape or a helper is needed, it’s good to know that before the parts have glue on them. Don’t be stingy with glue or tape; use generous amounts. Always wipe off excess glue immediately. Keep one damp rag and one dry rag handy all the time. Have weights available for holding things tight as glue joints dry (stacks of books, gallons of pure Vermont Maple Syrup - anything heavy) Glue the body of your dollhouse together with white, water clean-up glue that dries clear. Do not use instantbond (super glue), fast-tack, rubber cement, silicone, or hot melt glues. They are all used in some wood applications, but they all have some characteristic that makes them undesirable for the body of your dollhouse. Carpenter Glue works well, but glue-smear dries yellow or tan; many of the things you glue onto the house are pre-painted – extra glue will show. I use Aleene’s Tacky Glue® for all house body assembly. Make sure everything is straight and flat as glue dries... That’s the shape that will be permanent. Assembly Notes /Getting Started (A) page 3 Slideshows, demos, useful links, details, and photos are all at: www.realgoodtoys.help Glue the shingles on with glue that doesn’t have any water in it! If the glue says ”water clean-up”, it will curl the wooden shingles. Look carefully at the glue you intend to use to be sure it is solvent-based, or use hot-melt glue (and watch out for the burns). Check ingredients and warnings! Solvent-based glues say “Caution, Flammable”. If you Wallpaper, use Yes® craft paste (for bookbinding or collage) or pre-mixed Roman’s “Border” paste. Brush paste on the wallpaper, then the wall, and finally smooth the wallpaper into position. Taking things apart: Heat softens glue. If you have to take things apart, warm the part in the oven at 170o for up to a half hour to let the heat get into the joint where the glue is. Don’t let it get hotter than you can touch or the paint may scorch. Don’t heat window panes. When glue is drying, skip ahead to up-coming assembly steps and prepare the parts that will be used Before you begin, read the “Finish the Inside” section on the last page. Q: Can I wallpaper before I assemble the doll house? A: Yes you can (it’s your house!) Many experienced builders are advocates of papering before construction - I am not. My biggest objection to papering first is that you are always too skimpy with glue so none will squeeze out and get on the paper. I try to use the amount of glue that fills the joint, so some will squeeze out in every joint and be wiped up. But wiping glue off of wallpaper leaves a streak, so the temptation is to go skimpy, and the joints aren’t as strong. Second, I can always tell a house that was pre-papered because the corners show a void instead of being continuous (see the slideshows about how to crowd the papers together in the corner... you can’t do that with pre-papered walls). Third, I have had to replace paper too often that has gotten damaged by glue or tape during construction... that wastes time and paper ($) and can make it so you are left deciding whether to replace a damaged paper or letting it slide because you don’t have any more of that pattern and you’ll have to order it and that takes too much time (running out but then needing another piece is a distressing moment). Finally, I don’t find pre-papering to be faster. By the time I have done all of the extra planning that getting the papers in the right place requires, I have used up any potential advantage. I have great big blacksmith’s hands, and papering in a finished house is easy for me. All that having been said, I do pre-cut the papers used in the attic before attaching the Roofs and I paper in front of the Blind Dividers (21/2”) before I glue them in place. Parts List page 4 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Identify the parts: Open one bundle at-a-time. Measure each part and find it on the parts list. Label the parts and group them by the ‘instruction section #’ at the end of each part’s name(#). These groups are how the parts will be used. Loose Parts: (2) E8130 Front/Back Foundation1: (1/2) 33 x 13/4 Top Stair Block (4) E8131 Middle Foundation1: (1/2) 183/4 x 13/4 Gable Foundation 10 (2) E9801 Bottom Stair Block : (6Step) 21/4 (2) E9802 Top Stair Block10: (6Step) 21/4 (1) E8104 Gable Left Roof2: (1/4) 141/8 x 141/8, Bev. Gable Left Roof (1) E8103 Gable Right Roof2: (1/4) 141/8 x 141/8, Bev. 2 3 5 1 (2) E8128 Attic Endwall : ( /8) 10 /8 Tall x 15 /8 Base, Groove (1) E8127 Gable Triangle2: (3/8) 105/8 Tall x 151/8 Base, Groove Attic Endwall (1) E8129 Attic Partition10: (3/8) 101/4 x 91/4 Base (2) E8110 Gable Right SideB: (Clapboard) 9 x 53/4 Bottom Stair Block (1) E8118 Top Floor1: (3/8) 28 x 141/2, Stair hole (4) E8125 Divider10: (3/8) 9 x 21/2 (2) E8133 Eave2: (1/4) 12 x 2 (1) E8101 Front Roof2: (1/4) 301/2 x 141/8, Cutout (1) E8102 Rear Roof2: (1/4) 301/2 x 2, Bev. (3) E8105 False Eave6: (1/4) 11/2 x 153/4, Bev. Attic Partition Gable Triangle (1) E8132 Gable Foundation3: (1/4) 14 x 13/4 4 1 3 (1) E8106 Access Bay Roof : ( /4) 8 x 1 /4. Bev (1) E8119 Middle (“Mid”) Floor1: (3/8) 331/4 x 20, Stair hole (1) E8120 Base Floor1: (1/4) 331/4 x 20 Panels Bundle: (1) E8122 Gable Top Floor1: (3/8) 141/2 x 53/4 (1) E8111 Access Bay FrontB: (Clapboard) 171/8 x 67/8, Cutouts Top Floor (1) E8114 Lower Right FrontB: (Clapboard) 9 x 131/8, Door&Window Cutout Electrification slot (1) E8115 Upper Right FrontB: (Clapboard) 9 x 131/8, Window Cutout (1) E8123 Access Bay Middle Floor1: (3/8) 1 x 61/4 The Electrification Slots in the Middle and Top (1) E8141 Access Bay Spacer1: (3/8) 11/2 x 61/4 Floors make it easier to run tape style wiring from (1) E8107 Left SideB: (Clapboard) 1819/32 x 105/8, Grooved floor to floor. If you intend to wire this dollhouse, (2) E8142 Access Bay SidesB: (Clapboard) 171/8 x 25/32 carve the bottom of this slot as part of step #10 so you will be able to slip tape into it (1) E8109 Gable Left SideB: (Clapboard) 1819/32 x 3, Grooved from the bottom (see step 10) (2) E8126B Divider10: (3/8 mdf) 9 x 141/8, Door (6) E8138 Bay VerticalA: (3/8) 97/32 x 3/4, Bev. (1) E8112 Lower Right SideB: (Clapboard) 9 x 141/2 (1) E8113 Upper Right SideB: (Clapboard) 9 x 141/2, Cutout Gable Top Floor (1) E8108 Gable FrontB: (Clapboard) 1819/32 x 141/2, Grooved, Cutouts Access Bay Middle Floor Left Side Gable Left Side Gable Front Gable Right Side Access Bay Spacer Upper Right Side (clapboard) Upper Right Front Lower Right Side Lower Right Front Access Bay Side Electrification slot Divider 141/4 Divider (Blinds) Bevel Access Bay Roof Left Edge Access Bay Front: Access Bay Base Floor Middle Floor Parts List page 5 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Box “A” (1) E8139 Front StepA: (5/8 mdf) 5 x 2 (1) E8140 Front StepA: (5/8 mdf) 5 x 1 Front Roof AccessBay Hardware Bag4: (2) E8168 1” Hinge (8) E8169 3/8 #2 Screws (1) E8124 Access Bay Base Floor1: (1/4 mdf) 1 x 61/4 (1) E8136 Access Bay Ceiling4: (3/8 mdf) 7 x 11/4, Bev. (2) E8134 Bay Side Foundation3: (3/8 mdf) 31/4 x 13/4, Bev. (1) E8135 Bay Front Foundation3: (3/8 mdf) 45/8 x 13/4, Bev. (4) E8116 Bay SideA: (Clapboard) 23/32 x 13/4 Bay Side (2) E8117 Bay FrontA: (Clapboard) 23/32 x 31/2 3 1 21 1 (1) E8121 Bay Base Floor : ( /4 mdf) 2 /32 Wide x 7 /4, Mitered (1) E8137 Bay Top3: (3/4 mdf) 315/16 Wide x 1013/16 , Molded Bay Front (1) E8143 Chimney BlockA: (11/2 mdf) 53/8 x 21/2 A (1) E8144 Chimney Cap : (1/4 mdf) 21/2 x 11/2 (1) E8145 Chimney CapA: (5/8 mdf) 23/4 x 13/4 (1) E3626 Flower Box9: (1/2) 3/4 x 31/2, Mitered (2) E9803 Stringer10: (1/8 x 13/16 mdf) 107/8, Mitered (1) E8170 (575) ShinglesA Chimney Block Box “B” (2) 6042 Assembled Door6 (1) E8170 (575) ShinglesA Eave Bevel bag5: (6) E8160 Window Frame 33/4 miter 45°/\45° (12) E8156 Window Frame 23/4 miter 45°/\45° (4) E8164 Window Frame 115/16 miter 45°/\45° (20)E3633 Shutter Panel (1/16 x 3/4) 17/8 (18)E8155 (2) E8159 (2) E8161 (2) E8158 (2) E8165 bag5: bag5: Window Frame: 51/4 miter 45°/\45° Middle Frame 47/16 Trim (1/16 x 3/8 pine) 49/16 Spacer 115/16” Middle Frame Spacer 13/16 Window Frame Trim Rear Roof Bevel False Eave (6) E8157 Standard Pane (Printed Plexi) 45/8 x 21/8 (2) E8162 Short Pane (Printed Plexi) 31/32 x 21/8 (4) E8163 Narrow Pane (Printed Plexi): 15/16 x 45/8 bundle5: (4) E8166 Short Window Shutter Core (1 x 1/8) 31/8 (10)E3632 Std Shutter Core (1 x 1/8) 45/8 (12)J0644 (18)J0645 (6) J0642 (4) J0643 (2) J0640 (4) J0641 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 227/32 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 511/32 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 323/32 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 2 Interior Door Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 311/32 Interior Door Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 711/16 Access Bay Ceiling angled/\ angled/\ angled/\ angled/\ angled/\ angled1 Bay Base Floor Gable bag: (148)E36221/8 Dowels9 : 13/4 (4) E3960 3/8 Beads9 (4) E8150 Balcony Post9: (1/2 Flutepost) 23/8 (4) E8167 Short Window Shutter Panel5 (1/16 x 3/4) 25/8 1/2 Flutepost bag: 9 (4) E3619 Porch Post: (1/2 Flutepost) 9 (4) E8151 Porch Rails: 43/4 (2) E8152 Porch Rails: 63/16 (8) E8153 Porch Rails: 95/32 (4) E8154 Porch Rails: 115/8 Trim Box 7 & 9 (7) E8146 Trim: (1 x 1/8) Over 231/2 (7) E3689 Trim: (3/4 x 3/32) Over 231/2 (1) E8147 Trim: (1/2 x 1/8) Over 231/2 (8) E3966 Trim: (1/2 x 3/32) Over 231/2 (9) E8148 Trim: (3/8 x 3/32) Over 231/2 (11) E8149 Trim: (3/16 x 3/32) Over 231/2 Cross section of Trim AccessBay Bay Paint (B) / Housebody (1) page 6 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse A: Getting Started: Do these things before the house assembly Square the corners of the window, door, and stair holes with a utility knife - each cutout has a rounded corner left over from the tool that made it. Make two cuts in each corner from the outside (one from each direction), then cut from each direction on the inside to cut away the rounding in the corner so the window, door, or stairs will fit. A Double-Cut Coarse file is easier for many people to use when squaring the corners. Make several strokes from each direction in each corner and test the Window or Door to see how it fits. Stain the Shingles: Our pro uses Real Good Toys’ Shingle Dye (available through your Real Good Toys miniature dealer) when dying the shingles for this house. Batch dye or stain the shingles several days ahead of time so they will be dry when the time comes to use them (instructions are with the shingle dye). Pre-Assembly c1. Assemble the Front Steps (5/8 mdf) 5 x 2 and 5 x 1: Glue together the Front Steps lined up on the back edge and both ends Assemble the Chimney: Glue together the Caps, centered. Turn the Caps up-side-down; glue the Chimney Block to the Caps, centered. c2. Assemble the Bay Wall sets; each set is 2) Bay Verticals and 2) Bay Walls (13/4 or 31/2” long) See page 12 c3. view from the top Like this! Bay Wall Make two Bay Side wall sets This is the Outside This is the Outside Bay Vertical: (3/8) 97/32 x 3/4, Bev. Clapboard Profile Make one Bay Front wall set This is the Outside Bay Wall Clapboard Profile Clapboard Profile Paint (B) / Housebody (1) page 7 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Can I do it differently? Yes you can - it’s your house! The information on these pages is offered as “best practices” advice, and it is what we do when we build this house. But if you are customizing or have something else in mind, test-ahead to make sure your planning includes everything! For many photos of the build go to www.realgoodtoys.help and click on “JM1065” Illustration #1 Front/Back Overlap the Sides c4 A. Glue and tape together the Foundation perimeter. The Front and Back overlap the Sides (Illustration #1). B. Install the Middle Foundations spaced evenly (about ±11”) from each other (Illustration #2). 183/4 33” Illustration #2 Install the Middle Foundations ±11” ±11” In step 5, you are marking the Porch floor and ceiling for painting using the Top Floor as a template. But, the left edge of the Top Floor doesn’t line up with the left edge of the Middle Floor or Base Floor (the Top Floor overlaps the walls, while the lower floors fit into grooves), so the stair hole will be used as a side-to-side reference instead of the left edge. c5. A. Identify the top and front edges of the Top Floor ((3/8) 28 x 141/2,) - the Gable Top Floor ((3/8) 141/2 x 53/4) shows the spacing from the left edge to the stair hole (141/2”), and the stair hole is closer to the front edge. Glue and tape the Gable Top Floor to the front edge of the Top Floor, lined up on the left B. Identify the left edge of the Mid Floor - the stair hole is spaced 141/4” from the left edge, and 163/4” from the right edge (looking from the front). Set the Mid Floor on the Base Floor, lined up on the edges. Very lightly trace the left and right edges of the stair hole onto the Base Floor. Remove the Middle Floor. C. Set the Top Floor/Gable Floor on the Mid Floor lined up at the back edge and lined up side-to-side at the stair holes (the left edge of the Top Floor will overhang 1/4” on the left edge). Trace the Top Floor/Gable Floor perimeter onto the Mid Floor. This tracing is the outside edge of the right walls - outside the tracing is the Porch Floor. Trace the Top Floor/Gable Floor onto the bottom surface of the Mid Floor. This tracing is the Porch Ceiling (make sure the tracings line up with each other) D. Set the Top Floor/Gable Floor on the Base Floor lined up at the back edge and lined up side-to-side with the stair hole tracing (the left edge of the Top Floor will overhang 1/4”). Trace the Top Floor/Gable Floor perimeter onto the Base Floor. ±11” Top Floor 141/2 Front-left edge Gable Top Floor This edge... is traced here 141/4 Left edge Porch Floor is outside the tracing Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Housebody (1) page 8 Painting: www.realgoodtoys.help has painting and sanding videos Paint (first-coat) everything. Don’t try to sand , fill, primp, or do much of anything to the wood before the first coat. The first coat fills and reinforces the wood so sanding clips off the fibers rather than pushing them around. The firstcoat is all about what penetrates and fills the wood. There is no expectation that more than a hint of paint will be on the surface. Don’t ‘double paint’ or try to give it an extra thick first coat as you watch the paint soak in... that is expected and preferred. The first benefit of painting before assembly (one-coat) is that it is the easiest time to do a really thorough job of sanding after painting. The difference between a heirloom-grade finish on a dollhouse and a “I-was-in-a-hurry” finish is most often the quality of the sanding, and it’s hard to sand into the little hidden corners of an assembled dollhouse, but it’s easy to sand the flat panels layed out on a workbench. So sand everything now - sand until the paint is smooth and transparent with no scratchiness to it, and with lots of wood showing through the paint. For the clapboard walls, sand “one clapboard course at-a-time”: fold the sandpaper and hold it on your finger-tips, then sand back-and-forth across one clapboard’s suface 2 or 3 times, then move up to the next clapboard. “One at a time” is what makes it smooth and “Heirloom-Great”. The second coat goes on smooth and creamy, and except for touchup, it may be enough. Second coat the walls and porch sections, leaving any edge or surface that will be glued un-painted. Wait to second coat the railings and windows. First-coat Sanding one course at a time If you are wiring this house, I recommend the #7999 wiring set, which uses a Jack and Plug in the foundation to connect the house to the Power Supply. If so, cut an Electrification Slot in the edge of the Base Floor, using the Middle Floor as a guide. See www.reqalgoodtoys.help for a tutorial. c1. Glue, tape, and weight the foundation set to the housebody’s Base Floor; flush at the back and along the left edge. The floor overhangs ±1/4” at the front and right edges (Illustration #3). You may have to flex the Foundation into position... this is the step that straightens the Foundation. t gh Ri Make the Foundation line up in Back Right nt Fro Make the Foundation line up on the left edge Lined up on the Left (looking from the front) Front Assemble the Housebody Back Lined up in Back Caution: Look at the Foundation and Base Floor several times before leaving it to dry... the overhang is on the right and in front. The Base Floor overhangs ±1/4” at the Front and Right edges (view from the Front) “Right” and “Left” are from the front of the dollhouse Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Housebody (1) page 9 2. Glue and tape the Gable Front to the Gable Left Side panel (the Front overlaps the Side), with the grooves perfectly lined up (use a divider to make sure the grooves line up) see Illustration #5. Let the glue dry. Illustration #5 Gable Front Overlaps the Gable Left Side 3. Glue and tape the Gable Front and Gable Left Side assembly to the Base Floor, straight and tight (Illustration #6). The Base Floor sets into the Base Floor’s groove in the walls Use lots of tape to make the walls hold tight to the Floor in the grooves. The Grooves are Lined up Illustration #6 Glue and tape the Gable Front & Gable Left Side to the Base Floor Base Floor Step 4 Detail of overlaps Gable Front Right Front (temporary) Divider fits here Right Side Gable Right Side Gable Left Side Illustration #8 Glue and Tape the 1st Floor Walls in Place Stair hole or tracing lines up with this edge of the Gable Side 4. Glue and tape the first floor walls in place (the Gable Right Side, Right Front, and Right Side walls) following the perimeter tracing (Illustration #8). Lined up and taped at the back edge Housebody (1) page 10 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Note: clean paint out of the grooves! c 5. Test the Middle Floor in the grooves in the Gable Front and Gable Left Side. Sand the top and bottom at the edges if necessary for a good fit. Glue and tape the Middle Floor to the Walls, fully into the grooves of the Gable Front/Left Side, with the walls lined up with the ceiling tracing and flush at the back edge (Illustration #9). c 6. Glue and tape the Second Floor walls in place Gable Front: fits in the groove Illustration #9 Glue and Tape the Middle Floor to the Walls - Tight in the Groove. Lines up in back following the tracing. Make sure the right side walls line up at the back edge, and look lined up with each other when viewed from the front. Use a Divider here to support and line up the corner c 7. Glue and tape the Top Floor/Gable Floor to the walls, lined up with all of the walls on the outside (Illus. 11). If you are going to wire your dollhouse, trace and carve the bottom of the Electrification slot to make it exposed inside the Left Side Wall (don’t make it deeper at the top, just at the bottom) before gluing on the floor Carve for tapewire access to Electrification slot Use a Divider here to straighten and line up the Right Side Attic Endwall will go here Top Floor Left Side Wall c 8. Glue and tape the Access Bay Spacer to the Gable Left Side and to the Top Floor (Illus #11). Note: The AccessBay Spacer is smooth - it is hidden by other parts. Lines up in back c 9. Glue and tape the AccessBay Mid Floor and AccessBay Base Floor the the Middle Floor and Base Floor (Illus. 11, see also step 1, page 10) Illus. 10 c 10. Glue and tape the Housebody’s Left Side to the Floors and Spacer, tight in the grooves and lined up at the back edge. Lined up Top Floor Lined up AccessBay Spacer (3/8 mdf) 11/2 x 61/4 Review: AccessBay Mid Floor (3/8 mdf) Left Side Illus. 11 1x 61/4 AccessBay Base Floor (1/4 mdf) 1 x 61/4 • Look at the housebody from every angle. Everything should be tight and lined up. • Make sure the housebody is on a flat surface as the glue dries. • Prop dividers between the floors to keep them straight. • Add weight and plenty of tape to keep everything tight and straight as the glue dries. Attic and Roofs (2) page 11 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse II. Build the Attic and Roof ... Plan ahead: Pre-paint (or mark, and paint as you go) any parts that will be a different color from the ones they touch. It is easiest to do some of the wiring and interior finishing in the attic before attaching the Rear Roof Illustration #1 Glue and Tape the Gable Triangle and Attic Endwall Triangles to the Top Floor There are interior finishing decisions that should be made now. For suggestions, see the “Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse” Blog on the Real Good Toys website. You can find a link here: www.Victirias-Farmhouse.com Attic Partition for temporary support Guideline Measure 1” Attic Endwall 1” Gable Triangle c1. Glue and tape the Gable Triangle and Attic Endwall Triangles to the Top Floor. Tape a Divider or Attic Partition to the Triangles to hold them straight as the glue dries (Ill. #1). 1” Illustration #2 Shingle Guidelines c2. On the outside of the Roof Panels draw guidelines for locating Shingles. The first guideline should be drawn one Shingle length from the bottom edge. Draw the rest of the guidelines spaced 1” apart (Illustration #2 and the Guideline Measure at right). Now is an easy time to pre-cut attic wallpaper 1” c3. Without glue, Test the Roof panels on the house. Make sure the Front Roof touches the Third Floor’s edge all across the Front (particularly on both sides of the gable ... trim the cutout’s inside corners for a good fit: Illustration #3). One Shingle length c4. *Glue and tape the Front and Rear Roofs together. The Rear Roof is beveled where the two roofs meet. Use many pieces of tape across the top, and tape around each end. Before the glue dries, glue the roofs to the Attic Endwalls, centered side-to-side, and with the roof overhanging evenly from top to bottom. Use all the tape you need to hold the roof tight as the glue dries. 1” 1” Illustration #3 Front Roof Overlaps the Rear Roof *Note: I do not attach the Rear Roof permanently until interior finishing is done c5. Glue and tape the Eaves in place on the remaining exposed top edge of the Attic Endwalls, flush at the outside edge of the Rear Roof. Look under the Eaves to check that the spacing is even (Illus. #4). c6. Tape together the Gable Roofs at the peak. Test the Gable Roofs on the house (Make sure the house Front Roof is touching the Third floor all along the front edge). Look at the fit from the inside and adjust if necessary. Mark the position of the Gable Roofs on the house’s Front Roof c7. Glue the Gable Roofs to each other, the Gable Triangle, and the house’s Front Roof. Add extra glue to the “V” space between the Gable Roofs and the Front Roof. Tape inside and out for a good fit. Review: The shell of the house is all together and the panels are straight and tight. Make sure the house is flat on a flat surface as the glue dries. 1” Rear Roof Eave Bevel 1” Illustration #4 Eave 1” Front Roof Gable Triangle 1” Even Spacing One Shingle Length Front Bay (3) page 12 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Exterior Painting: Finish all of the Exterior painting now! Illustration #1 Glue and Tape Together the Bay Foundation III. Assemble the Front Bay: c1. Lay the house assembly on its Back. Glue the Gable Foundation to the front of the house’s foundation, lined up on the left. Let the glue dry. Do Step 2 to Step 4 without stopping c2. Glue and tape together the Bay foundation (Illustration #1). c3. Glue and tape the Bay Base Floor to the front edge of the house’s Base Floor, inside the bay cutout in the Gable Front (Illustration #2). Make sure the floor surface across the joint is tight and smooth. c4. Glue and tape the Bay Foundation set to the Bay Base Floor and to the Gable Foundation. The foundation extends past the Bay Base evenly on all edges (this is a ledge to hold the bottom of the Bay Walls). Caution! Don’t overlook the Gable Foundation Illustration #2 Glue and Tape the Bay Base Floor to the Front Edge of the House’s Base Floor Bay Base Floor House Foundation Bay Foundation Gable Foundation c5. Tape the Bay wall sets together Clapboard at the corners (Illustration #4). Test them on the house wrapped around the Bay Floor, and adjust if necessary. Glue the Bay walls together, to the Bay Base Floor, and to the foundation (Illustration #5). c6. Glue and tape the Bay Top to the housebody and Bay, spaced evenly all around (pg 1 photo). Clapboard surface is on the outside Bay Foundation Clapboard Illustration #3 Glue together the Bay Wall Sets Bay Vertical Bay Vertical Clapboard Illustration #4 Bay Side wall set Bay Front wall set Gable Foundation Illustration #5 Glue the Bay Walls Together, to the Bay Base Floor, and to the Foundation AccessBay (4) page 13 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse IV. Assemble the Access Bay: The Access Bay allows the decorator access to the gable’s front rooms. c1. (this may already be done) Glue and tape the Access Bay Floors to the housebody’s floors, tight and straight. Dividers between the Access Bay floors help to keep the floors lined up (Illustration #1). c 2. Prepare for Attaching the Hinges: Preview: In this section, you will temporarily install the hinges for the Access Bay Front and Access Bay Left Side. You are doing this now so you can work flat on the table where you can hammer and drive screws more easily than inside an assembled house. Make sure your #1 Phillips head screwdriver is in new condition. Check that the hinge can open a bit more than 3/4 of the way around (this helps the Accessbay Front from being “springy” when it closes). c3. Check the clapboard profile on the Access Bay Front and Access Bay Side to identify the base end of each of those panels. Mark the base end so that even when the clapboard surface is on the work table, you can tell that the base end is at the bottom (Illustration #2). c4. Lay the Access Bay Front face down with the clapboard surface on the work table. c5. Tape two hinges on the Front Panel pin down and hooked on the edge, one spaced 1” from the top, and the other spaced 1” from the bottom (Illustration #3). Illustration #1 Glue and tape the Access Bay Floors to the Housebody’s Floors. AccessBay Floor Divider Dividers help to keep the Floors Lined Up Illustration #2 Base End Punch a starter hole in the center of each hole in the hinge: Drive a nail part way through the wall and pull it back out (don’t go all the way through). Builders Tip: Stick the screws in a soft bar of soap to make them turn in easier. Start a screw in each hole (the tape will help the screw stand up). Drive the screw 1/2 way in with a hammer (hit it hard!), and the rest of the way with a #1 Phillips screwdriver. Repeat for the other screws. Turn the tape to cover the hinge and screws. Add another piece of tape... this will hold the AccessBay Front a bit away from the Side in the next step. Illustration #3 Tape Hinges Pin Down and Hooked on the edge 1” from the top edge Clapboard faces down 1” from the bottom edge Hinges Pin Down and hooked on the edge More great tips on installing screws: www.realgoodtoys.help go to “JM1065”, then click “Blog” AccessBay (4) page 14 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse c 6. Set an Access Bay Side on the edge of your workbench with the clapboard up. Let the Access Bay Front Hang off the front of the workbench. Fold the Hinges across the clapboard surface of the Access Bay Side. Line up the top edges of the Access Bay Front and Access Bay Side (check the clapboard profile again) see Illustration #4. Builder’s tip: let the Accessbay Front hang a little bit away from the Accessbay Side so they won’t be quite touching in the assembled house. Punch a starter hole and drive the screws as you did for the Front, then take the screws back out of the Front (it’s easier building the house without the Access Bay Front attached). c 8. Glue and tape the Access Bay Sides to the housebody’s walls and Access Bay Floors (Illustration #5). c 9. Glue and tape the Access Bay Ceiling to the house and tops of the Access Bay Sides, lined up on the outside. c 10. Glue and tape the Access Bay Roof to the AccessBay Ceiling, centered side-to-side (Illus. 6). Illustration #4 Access Bay Left Side Workbench Lined Up Access Bay Front c 7. Tape the Hinges to the Side. Hinge Screw AccessBay Side c 11. Hinge the Access Bay Front in place using the holes prepared in step #5.(Illustration #6). AccessBay Front Masking Tape gives clearance here Illustration #5 Glue and Tape the Access Bay Sides to the Housebody’s Walls & Access Bay Floors AccessBay Front AccessBay Side Left Side Illustration #6 Hinge the Access Bay Front in Place AccessBay Roof AccessBay Ceiling Windows (5) page 15 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse V. Window Assembly: The parts used in this section should be painted ahead of time. If they have not been painted, do so now. www.realgoodtoys.help has more window assembly photos Illustration #1 These hands are holding the frame parts down against the table (not squeezing them together) 1. Standard Windows: Test assemble (no glue) the window set. Practice holding the frame pieces facedown on the work surface and putting on the rubber band. When you can do it every time without pieces flying, then you are ready for glue (Illustration #1). A snip of tape in the corners helps keep the parts still while you put put on the rubber band, but take off the tape while the glue dries. 2. Glue and rubber band together the window frame with the Window Plexi in place. Make sure the assembly is square as the glue dries (Illustration #2). Window Plexi Illustration #2 Inside Side Frame Top Frame Face Down 3. Short and the Narrow Windows: assemble these windows as you did the Standard Window. Face Down: Inside Showing 4. Standard Double Window: Lay out and assemble the Double Window face down on the work surface (Illustration #4). 5. Turn the Double Window face up and push the Middle Frame down to the work surface. Adjust the spacing of the Middle Frame with the 115/16” Spacers (Illustration #5). Side Frame Bottom Frame Illustration #3 Middle Frame 6. Glue the Trim to the Frames centered on the Middle Frame. 7. Narrow Double Window: Assemble the Narrow Double Window as you did the Standard Double Window using the 13/16” Spacers to locate the Middle Frame. 8. Touch-up the sanding and paint, but stay away from the Window Pane! 9. Check the fit of the windows in the openings. Make sure the windows can sit level with the house. Trim the corners of the openings square if necessary for a good fit. Plexi Trim Illustration #4 115/16 Spacers Windows (5) page 16 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse c 10. Paint the Shutter parts. Without glue, adjust the spacing of the Shutter Panels on the Shutter Cores. Remove the Shutter Panel, put a scant line of glue on each edge of the back surface, then replace the Shutter Panel. Too much glue will make the panel curl. Shutter Panel VI. Install the windows and door The parts used in this section should be painted ahead of time. If they have not been painted, do so now. c 1. Touch-up the sanding and paint. Check the fit of the door in the opening. Make sure the door can sit level with the house. Trim the corners of the opening square if necessary for a good fit. c 2. Glue the door in place only after the housebody is painted. c 3. Install the Windows and Doors. c 4. Glue the Shutters in place against the Windows, centered up and down (Illustration #1). Shutter Core Do not install Interior Trim until interior finishing is done. Shutter is Centered Up-and-Down Shutter Core Shutter Panel Illustration #1 Centered Trim (7) page 17 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Gable and Attic Endwall Trim: Cut the Trim material with a fine toothed saw (such as an x-acto™ razor saw or a hack saw). Line up the trim material with the pattern and mark the cuts with a pencil ... there is enough material to get all the parts, but a wrong cut can leave you with two short pieces when you need one long piece. Plan ahead (!), then make your cut. Always cut the longest pieces first, and nest parts that are mitered. The Attic Partition has all the angles that are needed for the trim. Hold the trim against the side of the Attic Partition to help stabilize the saw when you start a cut, but do not damage the Attic Partition. Illustration #1 53/8 1” Trim: 121/16” 57/32 Measurements given in this set of illustrations are taken from a model that we built, but may be different from what works on your house. Always test a part in place on the house before the final cut-to-length to make sure your work fits on your house. c 1. Cut 1” Trim 121/16”, mitered as shown in Illustration #1 & #6. Without glue, test the Trim along with a False Eave. When the Trim length is right, the False Eave just reaches from roof to roof. Paint and install the Trim and False Eaves. Trim for the Attic Endwalls: Cut 1” Trim 57/32” mitered like the perimeter of Illustration #2. For the Gable (Illus. #3 & #4), install the window, and trim around it with 1/8” x 1/2” Trim (one piece of the 1/2” Trim supplied is thicker than all the rest ... just as thick as the lip on the window frame). Paint and install the Horizontal Trim. Trim c 2. Illustration #3 False Eave Illustration #2 57/32 41/2 11/16 Illustration #4 Trim (7) page 18 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse c 3. Shingle the False Eave (Illustration #5) one full shingle course and one course of shingles cut 3/4” long. See the shingling instruction on page 17. 3/16” c 4. Cut, Paint, and install 3/4” Trim on the Eaves and 3/32” 3/4” x 1/2” Trim (the same thickness as the 3/4” Trim) for the horizontals Illus. #6. The bottom edge of the Eave Trim touches the shingles on the False Eave (Illus. #7). c 5. Cut, paint, and install the 3/16” Trim as shown. c 6. Finish any touch-up painting that is needed. 1” Illustration #6 3/4” Trim: 121/8” 57/16” 1/2” Trim Illustration #7 3/16” Trim: 121/4” 3/16” Trim: 65/8” Trim (7) page 19 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse c 7. Cut, paint, and install the Front Illustration #8 Bay Facia (Illustration #8). c 8. Cut, paint, and install the Wall Trim as shown in Illustration #9. A Trim Cutting photo gallery is at www.realgoodtoys.help 3/16” 3/8” 3/4” Use this Bevel Guide when Cutting the Ends of the Bay Facia 1/2” 1/2” Illustration #9 3/8” 1/2” 3/8” 3/8” 1/2” 3/8” 3/8” 1/2” 1/2” 3/16” 3/16” Shingle the Roof page 20 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse VIII. Finish the Exterior: c 1. Attach the (painted) Chimney to the roof in line with the Attic Endwall and slightly lower than the peak. There is a Shingling demo at www.realgoodtoys.help Shingle the Roof: Glue: Use a thick, solvent-based panel adhesive available in caulking gun tubes at building supply stores. Look for the “Flammable” warning to know it is a Solvent Based adhesive, and follow the manufacturer’s warnings. If there are no warnings or if it says “water clean up”, then it is an acrylic based adhesive and will curl the shingles. Illustration 1 Chimney Chimney Cap (1/4”) 21/2” x 11/2” Chimney Cap (5/8”) 23/4” x 13/4” Chimney Block c 2. Shingle Illustration #2 A. Glue a “starter row” or 3/8” long Shingles square edge down along the bottom edge of the Roof, or “Flash” the edge with a 1/2” strip of copper (#SC from Real Good Toys is available through your dealer) to prepare the bottom edge of the Roof for the first row of shingles B. Cut pairs of shingles that, when held in the valley, are straight up-and-down the roof on their outer edges. Shingle the valleys C. Apply a thin line of adhesive just below the lowest guideline all the way across one roof. Press the top edge of a Shingle into the line of glue, squeezing out the excess Hold the first Shingle and press another Shingle into the adhesive, tight to the first. Hold the next Shingle and press in another... etc. all the way across the roof, cutting the last Shingle to fit Continue up the roof one row at a time. Start the next row with a half Shingle so that the seam between Shingles is staggered back and forth as you Valley Shingles go up the roof. Line up the top edge of each row (except the starters) with the guidelines. Cut the top row of Shingles so that each row will have the same reveal. Finish the top edge with a “Boston Lap”: pairs of Shingles laid horizontally. Start at the ends of the peak, and, with each pair overlapping the previous pair, work to the middle. Boston Lap Shown at the Peak Shingle Guideline Line of Adhesive One Inch Starter Course or Copper Flashing Starter Course Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Railings and Porch (9) page 21 IX. Porch Assembly: Preview: In this section, you will assemble and install the Porch Posts and Railings. A Railing Assembly demo is available at www.realgoodtoys.help Assemble the Rails 1. Paint (the first coat) and sand the Rails before assembly. Wipe any paint out of the grooves, and do not paint the Rail ends at all. Paint and sand the Dowels: a. Dab paint onto a small-celled sponge, less paint is better (a small-celled sponge looks like sponge rubber. Our local dollar store sells small-celled sponges with a scrubby back - cut in half, they are just right). Put several Dowels on the sponge; rub a second sponge across the top, rolling the Dowels across the paint-sponge. Second-coat the paint after the Railings are assembled 2. Assemble the Railings: a. Match Rails into assembly pairs (the same length). b. Set the first Rail of each assembly pair on the drawing, lined up on each end. Put a dab of glue and a Dowel in the Rail’s groove for each Dowel in the drawing. Adjust the Dowels to match the drawing; be sure all the Dowels are even, straight, and square. Let the glue dry for a few minutes. c. Lift the Dowels with a piece of stripwood; dab a little glue onto each Dowel’s end. Hold the second Rail of the assembly pair over the Dowel’s ends at an angle. Push down and scoop the Dowels’ ends into the groove. b. Spread the painted Dowels on waxed paper. Move them around every few minutes as the paint dries c. Paint all of the Dowels; let the paint dry d. Lightly rub the dowels around with sandpaper (a small handful at a time) to sand off the raised grain. Squeeze the Rails together so the Dowels are fully in the grooves. Hold the Railing set on the drawing; make the Rail ends exactly line up. Final adjust the Dowels - - straight and square. Tape together Dividers to form a square inside corner, and lay the Railings in the corner as the glue dries d. Repeat for the other Railings 3. Paint (second-coat) the Railings Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Railings and Porch (9) page 22 Illustration #3 4 sets 95/32 Note: Variations in printers and “Print Scaling” in your printer dialogue box effect the size of these graphics. If your rails don’t match up exactly, center them on the diagram. Illustration #2 1 set 63/16 Illustration #1 2 sets 43/4 Railings and Porch (9) page 23 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse 4. Assemble the Flutepost and Beads (Illustration #5). Wait to install the Railings until the Windows and Doors are in place, and the Shingling is done. Note: Variations in printers and “Print Scaling” in your printer dialogue box can effect the size of these graphics. If your rails don’t match up exactly, center them on the diagram. Illustration #4 Center Half Mark Shown is Half of a 115/8” Rail 5. Cut Porch Facia sets the same length as the railing sets. Each Facia set uses the following: • (1) 1” wide • (1) 3/4” wide • (1) 3/16” wide Cut the pieces square on the ends and even in length for each set Illustration #6. We suggest pre-painting the sets in contrasting colors. Illustration #6 3/16” Wide 3/4” Wide Detail view from the rear of the house 1/2” x 3/32” Upper Right Side 1” Wide 43/4” Rail Set Post & Bead Illustration #5 Middle Floor 3/16” Bead 3/4” x 3/32”: 43/4” x 3/32”: 43/4” 1”x 1/8”: 43/4” Balcony Post 1/2” x 3/32” 9” Porch Post Lower Right Side Base Floor Foundation Railings and Porch (9) page 24 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse 6. Set up the Rails, Facia, and Posts as shown in Illustration #8. Use a 1/8” Dowel to elevate the Railing sets above the Porch Floor. Set up all the parts without glue, then glue the porch parts in place. Illustration #8 43/4” 7. Cut 1/2” and 3/8” Trim leftovers for Porch Post Bases: (4) 1/2” x 13/4” (3) 3/8” x 13/4” 95/32” Use a 1/8” Dowel to Elevate the Railing Sets above the Porch Floor. Glue Post Bases centered below the Porch Posts (see photograph). 8. Flower Box: Glue the Flower Box centered below the kitchen window (see photograph). 95/32” 9. Front Steps: Assemble and attach the Front Steps following Illustration #9. 115/8” 63/16” standard Double Short Flower Box Narrow Double Narrow Door Interior Window and Door Trim (see the order of interior finishing on page 25) - Assemble and paint the interior window and door trim sets. Glue them centered on the windows or door. 3/8” 1/2” 1/2” Attach Porch Post Bases 3/8” 1/2” 4) Standard windows, each uses: (2) J0644 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 227/32 angled/\ (2) J0645 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 511/32 angled/\ 2) Narrow windows, each uses: (2) J0643 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 2angled/\ (2) J0645 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 511/32 angled/\ 2) Short windows, each uses: Illustration #9 (2) J0644 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 227/32 angled/\ (2) J0642 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 323/32 angled/\ Base Floor 1) Double Standard window uses: (4) J0645 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 511/32 angled/\ Housebody Foundation Front Step 5” x 1” Front Step 5” x 2” 1) Double Narrow windows uses: (2) J0642 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 323/32 angled/\ (2) J0645 Interior Window Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 511/32 angled/\ 2) doors, each uses: (1) J0640 Interior Door Trim (2) J0641 Interior Door Trim (3/32 x 3/8) 311/32angled/\ (3/32 x 3/8) 711/16angled1 Interior (10) page 25 Instructions for Special Edition Kit #JM-1065 Victoria’s Farmhouse Finish the Inside...Plan Ahead! Interior finishing involves so many choices! Will this house be a play-house or a display for miniatures? What accessories will be used and where will they go? Wiring? Wallpaper? Tile or carpeting? Every choice makes a difference in the order of finishing. Real Good Toys has provided materials for some basic interior work, but you may choose to do it differently. Make your choices Get your materials Test your layout With the pieces in your hands, imagine the steps to get to where you want to be. Now you’re ready for your order of interior finishing. Here’s the order that our assembly pro follows for tackling most custom interior finishing: • • • • • • • • Dividers Electrical wiring (using “tape” style wiring) Ceilings Floors Wallpaper Interior Window and Door Trim Stairs Baseboard and crown moldings Photos of builder’s interiors are available at www.victorias-farmhouse.com “Blind” Divider 9” x 21/2” Divider 9” x 141/8” 1st Floor Layout “Blind” Divider 9” x 21/2” Divider 9” x 141/8” See www.realgoodtoys.help 2nd Floor Layout Top Bevel Top Stair Block Assemble the Stairs: 1. Glue the Bottom and Top Stair Blocks together. Without glue, test the Stair assembly in the stair hole. The stairs are tight to the wall and the top tread is flush with the floor. Wait to permanently install the stairs until flooring and wallpapering are done. Middle Bevels Bottom Stair Block Stringer Bottom Bevel Cut Glue the stair assembly in place. Let dry. Trim the Stringer to extend just past the edge of the bottom stair tread. Glue the Stringer to the side of the Stair assembly for support. You have finished the Dollhouse Assembly part of your project... ENJOY THE REST Here are some Builder’s Photos... just for fun!