Distressing Wood - Final Part - Make your own distressed dolls house table

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27 February 2012
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How to make a 1/12th and 1/24th scale side table with a distressed finish for your dolls house. ...
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In the two previous features (Part 1 & Part 2) Jane explains various techniques to imitate age and wear & tear on painted and stained wooden surfaces. In this final part, she shows us how to make a side table with distressed painted legs and an aged table top and shelf.

Cutting List

12th Scale Table from 3/32" thick white wood

  • 3-3/16" (81mm)  x 1-11/16" (43mm) for table top
  • 3" (76mm) x 1-1/2" (38mm) for shelf


From 1/8" x 1/8" square strip wood

  • 4 x 2-1/4" (57mm) for legs
  • 4 x 2-3/4" (70mm) for long supports
  • 4 x 1-1/4" (32mm) for short supports


1/24th Scale Table from 1/16" thick white wood

  • 1-1/2" (38mm) x 13/16" (21mm) for table top
  • 1-3/8" (35mm) x 11/16" (18mm) for shelf


From 3/32" x 3/32" square strip wood

  • 4 x 1-1/8" (29mm) for legs
  • 4 x 1-3/16" (30mm) for long supports
  • 4 x 1/2" (13mm) for short supports


Step 1

  • Mark and cut out 1/8" (3mm) 3/32" (2.5mm) (24th scale table) square at each corner of the lower shelf piece.
  • To prevent the wood from splitting make your first cut against the grain, and the second with the grain.


Step 2

  • Score 3 even panels into the top of both table top and shelf.
  • Use a blunt, pointed instrument.
  • Chamfer the edges of the of the panelled sides and stain them.
  • When dry lightly sand the surface.
  • Apply a small amount of pale grey or white acrylic paint with a dry brush.
  • Remove most of the paint with a scrap of cloth.
  • Then lightly brush over the pieces to give a subtle dusting of paint.


  • All the pieces of square stripwood were painted then distressed using the techniques in Part 1 of this feature.


Step 3

  • Place 2 legs in a gluing jig (Lego if you don't have one) with two long support pieces in between.
  • Glue together.
  • Repeat with the other two legs and long supports.
  • Leave to dry.

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Step 4

  • Place the two leg assemblies to rest as shown in the photo below.
  • Join together by gluing 2 short support pieces between them, and in line with the other supports.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Then turn over and repeat with the other side.


Step 5

  • Position and glue the shelf on the bottom supports.
  • Glue the top centrally on the frame.



This feature is the 3rd part of a series by Jane Harrop.

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