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

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Project by Napaman posted 1241 days ago 4464 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 1241 days ago

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 !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#2 posted 1241 days ago

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 1241 days ago

Way to go Dad, those are some happy faces.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 1241 days ago

I love it and cherish the memory.

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

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#5 posted 1241 days ago

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 1241 days ago

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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 1241 days ago

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 †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1241 days ago

Hi Matt,

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


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1240 days ago

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 1240 days ago

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 1240 days ago

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 1240 days ago

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 1240 days ago

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 interrupt man who is doing it.

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#14 posted 1240 days ago

Thanks everyone…it was a fun little project…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 1240 days ago

I liked the realistic horse apples… Good job!

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

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