LumberJocks

Christmas Gifts #1: Toy Machine Shed 2017 Planning/Brainstorming

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by HandyHousewife posted 12-04-2017 10:27 PM 272 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Christmas Gifts series Part 2: Toy Machine Shed 2017 In Progress »

What do you buy for the farming addicted tween who has every farm implement/tractor/combine under the sun? Nothing. You make him a machine shed for all of his toys. This year, instead of trying to figure out what to buy my eldest son, I decided to try my hand at making him something. He’s been hoarding boxes for years to use as sheds for his farm toys, and this year I decided that I’m tired of the motley assortment of cardboard boxes lying around with tractors in them, so I’m hoping a fancy wooden machine shed will be a worthy replacement.

The majority of his toys are the 1/67th scale, and the largest combine (that doesn’t have a double folding auger) is roughly 3.75” tall, 8” long, and 3” wide. So I”m thinking these dimensions for the shed:

24” long
4” tall at the side walls
~7” tall in the center for the roof peak
18” wide
with a door that is 11” wide and 4” tall at both ends.

That should fit roughly 14 combines, but he doesn’t have that many of those, so a reasonable assortment of vehicles of various shapes and sizes will fit.

The plan is to make the main shed out of 1/4” plywood, with 1/8” plywood for the roof which will have a hinge down the center that one side flips completely open and the other side is glued down. I’m still working out if this will work like I think it should or if I’ll need to bevel the edge of the roofline so that it opens freely. Ideally it would flip open and lay flat on the other, but I might be limited by my hinges and/or the way I’d attach them given such a thin surface.

I’m also planning to add a floor for extra stability, and my husband thinks that 1/8” plywood will be sufficient, but I’m leaning towards the 1/4” in case my son has it full of toys and needs to move it. Those toys have a decent heft to them when you have lots of them. I’ve drawn up a rough idea in sketchup, but I did that on the other computer, so I can’t attach it here yet.

I’m planning to just have cutouts for the doors that have a small angle on each corner so that the piece the door is cut out of is stronger. I’d like to figure out a way to attach the doors, but I haven’t come up with a way to do that yet, so they will probably just be door shaped holes.

Then I just need to work out what to use to make “trim”. Thin slivers that are 1/4” wide would be ideal, popsicle sticks maybe? And then I have some gray paint from painting the living room to look like concrete and some white paint from the hallway to paint the shed, and I was thinking a sample pot from the local big box store in kelly or forest green would be just the thing for the trim.

If the reality comes remotely close to my vision, I think he’ll be pretty pleased with the end result. I just have to get supplies and hope that I can make it come to life.

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)



2 comments so far

View svfdfireman's profile

svfdfireman

36 posts in 544 days


#1 posted 12-05-2017 02:11 AM

This sounds like a cool project. I have built a few doll houses so this may help. I mixed some sand into the gray paint for a textured look on the foundation of the house. AC Moore sells roof shingles by the bag. much faster then making your own. they carried at one time sheets of wood that looks like siding. Late but not lease they have hinges for dollhouse doors. Try this link for goodies https://www.miniatures.com/Search.aspx?k=hinges

-- Tommy SVFD Fireman

View HandyHousewife's profile

HandyHousewife

40 posts in 565 days


#2 posted 12-05-2017 09:11 PM



This sounds like a cool project. I have built a few doll houses so this may help. I mixed some sand into the gray paint for a textured look on the foundation of the house. AC Moore sells roof shingles by the bag. much faster then making your own. they carried at one time sheets of wood that looks like siding. Late but not lease they have hinges for dollhouse doors. Try this link for goodies https://www.miniatures.com/Search.aspx?k=hinges

- svfdfireman

Thanks! That site makes me feel like my project is going to be seriously lacking in the “cool details” department, LOL!

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com