Miniature Industrial Table and Bench (Tutorial + SVG files)

Industrial table and bench for dollhouse miniature

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Need an easy project that still makes a big design impact in your dollhouse scene? This set of miniature industrial table and matching bench is it! If you see it and say to yourself “I can totally make that”, you’re right. I’m making it even easier by giving you the measurements right here!

My table top is left unfinished as I like to see the high contrast of the light basswood color and black “metal” legs, but it would also look very nice with a darker stain.

Industrial-style miniature table and bench in dollhouse kitchen scene

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Materials to make Miniature Industrial Table/Bench

For the 1:16 scale table and bench that are pictured here, I used 1/16″ basswood cut by Cricut. It’s perfectly fine to use 1/8″ materials and cut by hand (or a laser cutter), although you will need to adjust the measurements (which I’ll go over in the next section).

You can also choose balsa for the table/bench top. Balsa dents easily, so it adds more of a rustic, worn look.


Measurements for Miniature Industrial Table/Bench

Download the PDF measurement guide here for 1:12 scale and 1:16 scale.

For the SVG file, head on the the resource library where you can grab it for free!

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Adjusting the Measurement for 1/8″ Material

As you can see on the measurement guide, you can use 1/8″ material for the table/bench top without changing the measurement.

If you’d like to use 1/8″ material (such as 1/8″ x 1/8″ basswood sticks) for the “metal” legs, you will want to reduce the across legs length by 1/8″. So for a 1:12 scale table, reduce the current across legs from 2-7/8″ to 2-3/4″. That’s all that needs to change!

The upright legs length don’t need to be changed, even if you’re using 1/8″ sticks.


Assembling the Miniature Industrial Table/Bench

Step 1: Paint (and stain) your pieces first

I paint my table legs black and leave the table top unfinished

Miniature table legs are painted

Step 2: Put together the table top

If you are using one layer of 1/8″ material, you can skip this step.

If you are using two layers of 1/16″ material, glue them together and clamp at the edges so no there is no visible gap. Set aside to dry, and sand to smooth out any uneven edges.

Two layers of miniature table tops clamped together

Step 3: Attach the legs

I find it much easier to assemble the legs in the following order:

  1. Attach one across-leg to the bottom of the table top. You will have 1/6″ space at each end (or 1/8″ if you are using 1/8″ sticks)
  2. Attach the upright-legs, taking care to keep everything square.
  3. Attach the other across-leg at the bottom, while keeping everything square. Don’t be sloppy like me… wipe off excess glue.
  4. Repeat for the other side and watch the glue dry.
Across table leg is attached to the bottom of the table top
Upright table legs are attached
Bottom across leg is attached

Oh, the blurry photos? I was experimenting with time lapse video and it turned out as you see. 😜


Complete!

dollhouse miniature industrial-style table and bench

If you like the look of these miniature industrial table and bench, you may also like this mid-century slat coffee table that has a similar style (except it’s a bit more involved to assemble).


Made your own? I’d love to know!

What motivates me the most is seeing you use my tutorials to make your own minis! There are many ways you can share your projects:

  • comment below to let me know (or if you have any questions about it–for the benefit of others also!)
  • link back to my site or this tutorial,
  • tag me on Facebook or Instagram,
  • share your version on my Facebook group!

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