I am fortunate in that I have a husband who is a wood-worker on the side. SO, my garage is filled with these great power tools for cutting and fashioning wood. Those of you who do not have power tools in your garage, do not despair. There is no reason most of these could not be made with heavy cardboard. Depending of course on how hard your kids play. Also there are SO many pre-cut pieces at craft stores, so check them out.
One of the first things I made, myself, was the couch for the dollhouse. My first thoughts were to shop online for doll furniture. When I saw the prices I thought again. So I came up with a basic design in my head and sketched it on some plywood and showed my husband. He walked me over to one of his many saws and showed me how to cut it out.
http://myfroggystuff.blogspot.com/ has some great tutorials for doll furniture.
This is a dressing table and stool I made.
As you can see they are constructed of a round or square top with glued legs. I put one finishing nail in each leg through the top while the glue was wet to help it hold together. The table legs are glued to 4 spacers to make it easier to glue the top on. All the fabric is just hot-glued to the wood.
This is the table and stools for the kitchen. You can see that I used the simplest possible design. The table is two circle cut outs with the top slightly larger than the bottom. I glued them to each end of some wood scrap. Most of these wood pieces can be purchased at craft stores or hardware stores and some hardware stores will even make some cuts for you.
This is the kitchen counter top. As you can see it is just 3 pieces of wood glued and nailed. I added some molding to the front edge to give it a bit more finish. You may have noticed by now that I paint everything white. Paint is a great way to hide imperfections!
Here is our doll stove. This took a little more thought and planning than most of my projects. I knew I needed a box with an opening and door on the front. The oven door handle is just a drawer pull. The burners are large washers and the knobs are those charm beads with a metal lining inside. These beads are held in place by a loose screw over a small washer. They are loose so they will turn. The door is hinged and held closed with a small bit of velcro.
I hope you enjoyed my project tour!