Christmas Gifts #3: Finished Toy Machine Shed! Christmas 2017

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Blog entry by HandyHousewife posted 12-26-2017 09:44 PM 2352 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Whew! We made it, just in the nick of time! 10 minutes to midnight on Christmas Eve we put the last touchup paint on it in preparation for the big day. Spoiler: The boy LOVED it! :-)

Details: Roof and floor: 1/4” plywood Trim: 1/4” thick poplar that I sawed strips about the thickness of a popsicle stick with the bandsaw and glued on. Walls: 1/2” thick plywood. 5 tiny hinges for the roof, wish they were white, but too lazy and not enough time to paint them. One D’oh moment that required the fix of a “ridge beam” (it was a scrap of 1x stock that was apparently too wide for a project, that worked perfectly for making a center support for the roof line.) Three colors of paint with at least 3 coats each; Gray for the floor, White for the walls, green trim. The roof only opens on one side, but it lays completely flat against the other side so it doesn’t need to be propped open or be in the way. I found a battery powered LED light strip that was the perfect length for the shed with some adhesive backing. I applied it to the ridge beam (or whatever you call it.) And yes, I stapled the cord down so that it wouldn’t be quite such a nuisance. The battery box just got some sticky tack so that it’s easy to take it off the wall when it’s time to change the batteries, but it’s not loose to flop around in there.

Also, for model nerds, my husband says (and he’s usually really good at math) that in 1/64th scale it’s dimensions would be 96’ x 128’ with 58’ wide doors. My son can almost drive his sprayer in there with the wings unfolded, but he still can’t park even a third of his equipment in there at the same time. ;-)

Here’s a few pics of it in progress with one in it’s new home.

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

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#1 posted 12-27-2017 04:26 AM

What a great gift! Your son had to be absolutely delighted with it.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 05:02 PM

Sure to be enjoyed. Kids are usually fascinated with workshops of any kind and I’m sure he will love this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 09:44 PM

Thanks guys! He’s got it full of all sorts of equipment now and is asking me to paint a plastic barn to match it…

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

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