For your little ballerina, an adorable doll sized ballerina bar so your babe and her favorite 18 inch doll can have dance class together. This free plan for an easy to build doll ballerina bar is sure to please this holiday season. As part of our ongoing Handmade Holiday series, this project joins a well rounded group of adorable gifts you can make yourself!
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- 1 – 1×2 at 4’
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 2’x2′
- 1 – 3/8” dowel at 12”
- 2 – 1×2 at 12-1/2” – Mirror Sides
- 1 – 1×2 at 9” – Mirror Bottom
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 3”x12” – Mirror Top
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 2”x8-1/2” – Mirror Stands
- 2 – 1×2 at 2” – Bar Holders
- 1 – 3/8” dowel at 9-3/4”– Bar
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Cut the pieces for the Mirror Sides and Mirror Bottom. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Sides and in each end of the Bottom. Place the screws so that a 1/4” rabbeting bit run along the inside of the Mirror will avoid them (see Step 5). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the piece for the Mirror Top. From each top corner, draw a 1-1/2” radius circle 3” radius circle. Next, measure and mark a 1-1/2” line from the top and side edges. Using your jigsaw, cut out the shape in the diagram. Attach to the Mirror Sides with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Bar Holders. Connect each corner with a line to find the center as shown. Drill a 1/2” radius circle on the center of the “x,” approximately 1/4” deep.
Next, measure, mark, and cut a 1/2” triangle on the bottom corner of the Bar Holder as shown. Using your jigsaw, cut out the shape in the diagram.
Attach one of the Bar Holders to a Mirror Side with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws, screwed in from the back of the Mirror Side. The Bar Holder will be positioned 1/2” from the Mirror Side outer edge and 6-3/4” from the bottom of the Mirror Side as shown.
Cut the piece for the Bar. The Bar will be 9-3/4” long – each end of the Bar dowel will extend into the 1/2” hole drilled into the Bar Holders. Position the second Bar Holder, similar to the first.
Set router bit depth to cut a ¼” rabbet. Cut the rabbet on the inner back of the frame to allow for the mirror. Use a chisel and hammer to square the corners. Adhere the mirror using mirror adhesive or a tab framing gun. The mirror frame can be attached to the vanity with pocket screws through the side frame as well as metal mending plates.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School