Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll
For American Girl or 18" Doll, make a storage cabinet or armoire with star cutout. Free plans.
1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 6 feet long
3 1/4" base moulding or 1x3 for footer (20 1/2" long)
Top edge moulding (20 1/2" long)
wood dowel for closet rod
hinges for inset cabinets
You can use either 2" screws or 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 1x12 @ 28"
1- 1x12 @ 20 1/2"
1 - 1x12 @ 19"
1 - 1x10 @ 19"
1/4" plywood or other backerboard 20 1/2" x 28 3/4"
Moulding @ 20 1/2" OR 1x3 @ 19"
2 - 1x10 @ 24 1/2"
Measure the width of your 1x10 boards. If they are 9 1/4" wide, you are good to go. Otherwise, you will need to adjust the width of this cabinet. Take the width of your 1x10 board and multiply by 2. Add a half inch. This is the width of your shelf. Add another 1 1/2" and this is the width of you top.
Build the box as shown above. Shelf placement is up to you - I made mine adjustable with shelf pins, but you could also screw in place. Use either countersunk 2" screws and glue or pocket hole screws.
Adjust for square.
Cut back to fit and attach, ensuring cabinet is square.
If you choose to use moulding, add to top edge and bottom with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.
Cut doors 1/4" less than overall height. Install, screwing in place. I used Euro Style Butt Non Mortise hinges for Full Overlay/Inset, but an alternative is to use standard hinges placed on the face of the cabinet.
Clasp or hasp is recommended to keep door shut.
If you are cutting the star from door fronts, see step 6.
This is an alternative method for completing the footer. It's just a 1x3 cut out with a jigsaw. You may wish to use this footer to save money or use up scraps.
The star was actually really easy to cut and so cute (and cheap!). Just practice first, use a compass to get the angles right, and cut out carefully with a jigsaw making straight cuts. I filed smooth with a file.