Toy Horse Barn--Daddy of the Year may be awarded on this one!

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Project by Napaman posted 04-05-2011 03:52 AM 9474 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I know that we have a long way yet to go in 2011…but when they award DADDY OF THE YEAR…my name may be on the trophy for this fun little project I completed this past week.

My daughters are still at an age where they play together…and I think I want to preserve that forever…so when they started watching movies on horses and talking about horses I got the idea to make them a surprise birthday present that I would give to both of them together between their two birthdays…

This project was made completely out of SCRAP WOOD…(except the 1/4 inch ply)...the frame pieces were ripped from scraps from my sail boat project, the mahogany trim comes from John Ormsby's wood pile the base was a scrap 3/8” ply I almost missed…but ended up being the perfect size of 24×24 inches….

The barn has a retractable roof (lol)...or at least the front half comes off to give more play access…it hooks into slots I made in the back half of the roof…it took me a while to figure out how to secure it…I thought about hinges…but I am happy I went this way…the roof is also trimmed in an old pallet I salvaged from years ago…

The biggest mistake I made—-making most of the barn BEFORE buying the horses…this resulted in a front cross piece that was too short for the horses…so I had to go back and cut the cross piece—-but then the doorway was too flimsy…so I solved that by adding the loft…I may still go back and make a little hatch for the loft and a ladder…

I also forgot to take off the sticker from the plywood…which is the only thing I bought…

Now its time to get back to boat building! Actually I had done NOTHING in my shop since January…so this was my—-get back to work project and it was fun…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 04:09 AM

Matt, they just don’t make Dad’s as cool as you anymore !
And boy o boy you have a couple of future heart breakers there.
Great job !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 04:26 AM

Toy horses, enjoy it while you can, Matt. Next week it will be surfer duds and the beach!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 04:40 AM

Way to go Dad, those are some happy faces.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 04:41 AM

I love it and cherish the memory.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 05:17 AM

With those smiles on their face…............ how could you NOT be Dad of the year!
Job well done Matt….......

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 05:52 AM

Great little barn and horses, but those smiles are even better, and you have started them on the road
to apprenticeship now. Hannah can shingle small roofs now, and in a few years you can move her up
to bigger projects. Now if you get that boat built for them, you will had that Dad of the year cinched.
I know you think the boat is yours, but us great grandfathers have learned that things do not always
work as we planned. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 06:16 AM

Matt: I can tell you that the toy horses don’t do it. I had to buy 2 real horses to keep them happy. My youngest daughter has not grown out of it yet.

She was living a happly married life with two kids when her father-in-law gave he a couple of hours riding time at a stable. She is now back into the horses. Still riding someone elses horses but she’s going every week.

I told them I’d never buy and board horses, so when we moved to NJ we bought a place with 14 acres and I built a barn ans the horse work started.

Good luck. You may be selling your sailboat to buy the horses!!!

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 01:31 PM

Hi Matt,

Nice project. Looks like your girls are very happy with it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 05:27 PM

Way to go, Dad!

The best projects we will ever make are the ones that draw smiles from the people we love.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 05:30 PM

You’ve got my vote!!!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 05:54 PM

Great looking project. Great looking kids. Do they take after their mom??? -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 06:42 PM

great barn
and even greater girls

way to go pop 1

hurry on that boat
or the girls will be in bikinis on feadships

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 04-06-2011 01:01 AM

You can’t buy memories like that. They will remember that barn forever. Well done super dad!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 04-06-2011 03:22 AM

Thanks everyone…it was a fun little project…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 04-06-2011 05:08 AM

I liked the realistic horse apples… Good job!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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