Toy Barn

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Project by Ben Miller posted 01-22-2011 05:17 AM 4017 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a barn that I built for my 3 year old son for Christmas. He is an absolute animal nut and you would have thought that I just gave him a winning lotto ticket when he saw this under (or next to) the tree. Half of the roof opens up to reveal a loft inside as well as the doors and windows on the front and back being identical.

As it turns out I didn’t make this quite as durable as I should have as the half roof is already back out in my shop to be repaired. I guess that’s what I get for making it from 1/4” plywood rather than hardwood. Oh well… live and learn.

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 05:43 AM

Good looking barn. Very nicely done. 1/4” plywood is fine but you may want to beef up your corners or where you have butt joints, with a 1/2 X 1/2 piece of pine or scrap wood of some type. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 05:59 AM


Yes, I did support all of the joints with 1/2 X 1/2 scrap. The problem I had was the hinge screws getting pulled from the plywood. Need to have some hardwood behind the plywood to beef up those problems.


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#3 posted 01-22-2011 02:02 PM

Very nice looking barn! When My son was about that old That was 35 years ago. You can have a lot of fun playing with Your Son, I can remember it a bit.

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 02:56 PM

What a nice present, and project. Your son is lucky to have you as father.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 02:59 PM

That’s a very nice little barn and I know that your son must have loved it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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