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Project by DonB posted 257 days ago 654 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 3 Y/O great grandson is visiting next week. Had to make a tractor first ( appologies to John Deer), then make a pole barn that would hold the tractor and then the infamous red barn which also allows entry by the tractor through the front doors. All parts hand made except for the shingles (450) of them all individually stained. Copied various pictures to build the three. The beam at the top of the barn was added to provide structure strength to help it remain one piece against a 3 y/o boy. The base is 3/4 plywood, and the frame is one piece 1/2 plywood, inset into the base. I almost cut a handhold in the roof to use the beam as a handle. The stall dividers are inset for strength and also provide added strength for the 2nd floor. Most of it was a fun build. The quality of the shingles was one star of five. If I had to do it over, I’d make the tractor have larger front wheels, just for looks. Trim is 1/16×1/4” strips of Masonite(?). Timing was perfect as they’ll be here Monday and can take it with them. Mailing this stuff for Christmas to Texas would have been the national debt. Also made some fencing that he can put where he needs it.

-- DonB





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Pdub

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#1 posted 257 days ago

Looks Great! I’m sure he’ll have lots of fun playing farmer.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Diwayne

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#2 posted 257 days ago

Great work. Never go wrong makin toys.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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maplerock

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#3 posted 257 days ago

Don… now that is COOL! What a neat toy for a 3 year old. I’m sure he will love it. I bet Great Grandpa will take him on a real tractor ride too.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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hoss12992

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#4 posted 257 days ago

This is really cool. Im sure your great grandson will gets LOTS of fun playing with this. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 257 days ago

There is going to be one happy little guy when he arrives to see you…. great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 255 days ago

Well I think he will be very impressed with your work as I know I am!

-- Regards Robert

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 255 days ago

He will love this. Way to go Granddad.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Roger

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#8 posted 254 days ago

Very nicely done. He’ll have a lotta fun with this

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 253 days ago

Lucky great grandson to have those cool and pretty toys. He’ll get lots of fun, best grand pa ever!

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DonB

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#10 posted 249 days ago

Thanks guys. Yes, he did enjoy the barn. garage and tractor. Even had animals on the second floor, along with a frog no less.

-- DonB

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Scott Oldre

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#11 posted 210 days ago

Nicely done. My grandfather made me one of those back in the 60’s, absolutely loved it.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#12 posted 179 days ago

Well done granddad Don on sure a beaut toy for the little bloke….you can’t beat handmade wooden toys..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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