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Kevin Provost

Empire Snoopy Dog House Toy Box Conversion

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Here is my Snoopy Dog House that Empire made which I got a few months ago on eBay. I found it in the toy section.

I stripped and repainted the entire piece with Createx. The colors were fine, but someone had clear coated the entire item and it had turned a nasty yellow. As soon as I stripped it, it was bright white again. I added the C7 lights, which I custom made, since the sockets are spaced too far apart by default. I attached the lights to steel wire, which I formed in the shape of the light loops and screwed to the roof. The wreath I made from scratch using corrugated plastic. Lastly I added the light kit and voila'. Hope you enjoy.

I also just finished refinishing a Poloron animated Santa Claus for a friend, I will be posting images of that project soon.

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that is super awsome cool!! my wife would love to have that!! never seen one like it!! nice job on fixing up the ole dog house!!

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Wow! That's beautiful! And small enough to fit in my yard, too:D:D:D

Sigh...another blowmold on my wish list!

I really like what you did with the lights-all you need now is a "First Prize" ribbon. :)

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Kevin, That looks so cool! :cool: You did an awesome job on it. I have never seen it at all and now I've seen 2. (Thanks Dave!) I know someone else asked, but how big is it? It looks like it's about 2x2 and it would go perfect with Tom's little molds. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-Jim

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It's a fairly large mold, actually. It can more than stand on it's own and I would recommend it if you get one, they're worth their own spot. It's around 25" high and about 15" wide I would guess. Length I am unsure of. I will measure it though and post back. To give you an idea it's roughly the size of the Empire Church and Schoolhouse. The base I have on it is a cable reel disc, I think 30". The base will have a hole drilled in it (hole saw) for chain.

It does light up, all the lights light and if you look at the last picture you will see the light plate for interior illumination. The light string is wired directly into the light kit.

For everyone who is looking for one, search "Snoopy Toy Box" or "Snoopy Dog House" on eBay. These to my knowledge were made in the 70's, so keep an eye out, I don't believe there are too many out there.

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That is really cool. From your first few pics, I thought it was much smaller. Then when you said those were real C7's, I was confused... I thought the whole thing might be 6-10" wide! :) You really did a nice job.

-Tim

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I added the C7 lights, which I custom made, since the sockets are spaced too far apart by default. I attached the lights to steel wire, which I formed in the shape of the light loops and screwed to the roof.

That's cool! Can you post a picure of it lit up!?? :D

TED

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I measured Snoopy, he's 22" high, 14" wide and 19" long.

Yes, it was made as a toy box, this was never produced as a light-up or for holiday decor of any kind. In addition to the handles there were two holes drilled in the roof, one on each side presumably to make lifting the lid easier. They all have these, it isn't a later modification. I plugged these with two plastic discs which I epoxied in place and painted. The entire box would fill with water otherwise.

I will definitely get a photograph of it lit up, I just finished putting everything out about a week ago so I'll get some pictures.

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That is outstanding. I definitely will be adding that to my want list. What an imagination you have. It would be perfect next to my Mickey, Minnie and Snoopy blow molds. Did yours come with the light kit or did you put it in?

Jill

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