“Open the [Access] Bay Door, HAL.”

I’ve been toiling away at my dollhouse and have made lots of progress. For those who haven’t been keeping up with my riveting Facebook posts, I messed up while putting the levels on the house. I glued on the upstairs floor and let it set overnight. Then in the morning I worked on the house some more and the house didn’t look right. There was supposed to be plenty of space for a balcony, and my house didn’t look like the one in the picture. I had glued on the wrong floor. Crap. I had to use a hammer to knock the wood loose from the glue, and it took a little bit of wood off of the tops of the walls, but none of the damage was a disaster. I glued the correct floor in place and it looked much better.

The front:


The back:


I even managed to build the access bay door yesterday. That involved putting on hinges, and it has been a long time since I installed hinges on anything. They were tiny hinges, too (and very tiny screws), but they’re on the door now. I think it helped that I had the TV on and I was listening to “Office Space”. That kept me focused and calm.

Access Bay Door - Closed

Access Bay Door – Closed

Access Bay Door - Open

Access Bay Door – Open

Here is what the house looks like at the moment:



18 thoughts on ““Open the [Access] Bay Door, HAL.”

  1. Very nice work so far. Also, good work correcting the error without anything catastrophic happening. I have a feeling we will not be seeing footage of the house gliding across the room to meet the wall on the other side.

  2. AlienCG: Thanks! I’ve been having some fun looking online at dollhouse furniture.

    Laura: Thank you! I was nervous about putting on the hinges the other day. That required some patience. But they really worked out well.

    NoR: Great idea! :D

  3. Like the film reference in your title! I can only admire you for your patience and skill. Those hinges must have been pretty darn fiddly, something that I would get frustrated by with my clumsy fingers. You’re doing great, it’s coming on a treat!

    • It does look like it’s on fire, doesn’t it? I like the decks too. My next step will be to paint and assemble the railings. After that, there will only be a few more things left to do!

  4. Feliz Navidad, Tara!

    The house looks great! Nice job.

    Here’s wishing you and your family and friends a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

    And thank you for the card :)

    Stay warm and safe and happy!


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