This one is not a kit, but just a set of instructions.  Click here to see more.
For another picture, click here.
Although this is not a difficult kit, I do assume that  you know things like the need for good light and sharp knives.  The other kits have this information in them.  If you are a complete beginner and want to do the Nuremberg kitchen, please go to the Help and Projects  pages of this site,  or send $4 for a booklet on Roombox Basics.
The same size as the kitchen.  You can choose colours and type of wood.  Another view here.
$25
Kits 3: Roomboxes
Victorian Kitchen
About an inch and a half long, in Victorian country style.  You begin with the box itself, add a fireplace, and then make a cupboard, shelves, a sink, a table, a stool, and many accessories.  $25, or $35 with six of the trickier accessories ready made for you.

This kit is a good one to begin with, because the other rooms use several of the basic techniques described in detail here.
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Bedroom
The same size as the kitchen.  You can choose colours and type of wood.  Another view here.
$25
Living room
I've made a few changes in the living room, making it more detailed.  The second picture shows the back wall, and the third picture shows the room complete with huge potted plant. If you prefer the old design, I can supply it instead.  Again, you can choose colours and type of wood. 
$25
These rooms can be combined to make houses.  Kits will soon be available, but you can design your own.
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This kit gives you a chance to develop new skills.  Some of the accessories are provided ready- made, but there are usually also instructions and materials to make your own.  All the books have pages, but they are easier to make than you might think.
The room is designed on the lines of one in a Victorian dollhouse, with some furniture that may be from an earlier generation.  You can add more clutter, or aim for a neat and elegant look.
Not a good photo, because the flash is reflecting off the mirror.  The walls are not meant to be white!  A sofa, table, and chairs go in too, and a few more accessories.  This version is also $25.
"Nuremberg"  Kitchen
It's not an office or a house, but it is a stand-alone toy, not needing to be part of a dollhouse.  This kit is easy to make if you don't want too many different items in it: pots and plates are simple to do, and will fill up space on their own.
A corner of the kitchen, showing chickens and an iron.
"Nuremberg"    kitchen
But if you like a challenge, there are more unusual things to make as well.  Of the items you can see here, some are provided ready made or half done, some you make from the material and instructions provided, and some are left to you to improvise. You can age the kitchen if you like. The kit costs $20, plus $3 for postage.
Although this is not a difficult kit, I do assume that  you know things like the need for good light and sharp knives.  The other kits have this information in them.  If you are a complete beginner and want to do the Nuremberg kitchen, please go to the Help and Projects  pages of this site,  or send $4 for a booklet on Roombox Basics.

The kettle (top right) comes with the kit, with instructions for making your own.  The rolling pin (centre) and the salt box (bottom) are partly finished.  Some of the others you will make from scratch.

This kit provides many opportunities to try new techniques, and to invent your own.
For another picture, click here.
All kits come with an instruction book full of colour photographs and diagrams.  Often I include special jigs or tools, and extra materials so that you can experiment and discover new techniques yourself.

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NEARLY READY: A kit for a smaller and simpler version of this kitchen, based on one in a South African museum.   It is in the "Cape Dutch" style of the eighteenth century.

I have imagined that an elderly person, perhaps a nineteenth century immigrant from Germany, had memories of the "Nuremberg" kitchens used as educational toys, and devised one based on the old kitchens of the Cape of Good Hope.

Like most of the roomboxes, this is a miniature of a toy, not an exact scale model, so sometimes an item is a little too large.  The balancing advantage is that often the item will work as it should--the sieve will sieve, the knife will cut.  Where possible I use Sourh African wood.
The roombox kit will make a  smaller room than this, with fewer accessories.  There are still some items that I just can't find an easy method to make, like the wooden chair with a "riempie" seat (of loosely-woven leather strips).  The easiest way for me is to carve it out of a single piece of wood, which is a bit much to ask of a beginner.  Some of the metal work involves using power tools in a way that could be risky if done wrongly.  The details and the wood and metals are mostly authentic, though, and you can add your own  ideas.


Doctor's office
This kit gives you a chance to develop new skills.  Some of the accessories are provided ready- made, but there are usually also instructions and materials to make your own.  All the books have pages, but they are easier to make than you might think.
The room is designed on the lines of one in a Victorian dollhouse, with some furniture that may be from an earlier generation.  You can add more clutter, or aim for a neat and elegant look.
This roombox is a little wider (2 inches) than the others, with one side showing an office and the other an examining room.  I will also have each side available as a regular-width room (1 1/2 inches): office only, or examining room only.

You can adapt this roombox to suit a specialist doctor, and personalize the office section with your own  photos, or with accessories I can provide.  Indeed, the office section on its own can   be anyone's office, not necessarily medical, with or without personal items ranging from golf clubs to teddy bears. 

The pictures don't show the details well.  There is a computer, a telephone, files, a sink, a stethoscope and bloodpressure machinee, scales, a lamp, and better chairs than the pictures suggest.

The kits should be available shortly, but I must deal with my backlog of orders first.  The one shown above is $25. The separate sides will be $15 each.  They are less crowded than the combined offices.  Postage is $3.


This one is not a kit, but just a set of instructions.  Click here to see more.