Savannah's Horse Barn for Christmas

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Blog entry by Karson posted 12-17-2008 05:16 AM 3225 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest daughter was very much into horses when she was at home. We had 14 Acres in New Jersey and probably had horses for around 15 years or so. After High School was over the horses disappeared and the horse barn became a lumber storeroom.

She got married and about 6 month ago her in-laws gave her some riding lessons as a birthday gift. The horse fever caught on again. This time she has a young daughter. For some reason girls and horses seem to go together.

Missy sometimes takes Savannah with her for her riding lesson. Well so now Savannah is building up a horse collection that she plays with.

I got an e-mail suggesting that she might (yea right) like a horse barn for Christmas. They were down for Thanksgiving and her dad, Kevin and I headed to the shop to see what might get started. The project is here

We started building some fences. (pictures disappeared so new one’s need to be created). We build three sections of fence and after we got that done, we figured that the same design could be used for stalls and gates for the stalls. So here is what we came up with.

The wood is resawn Sapele, in 1/4” thickness. The top and bottom board are 1” wide and all others are 1/2” wide. I drilled through the edge of the board 1/8” from the end with a small drill and inserted a hardened steel piece of metal. The metal I got from a lumberyard and is was a “stay” to hold insulation in between studs. I had to cut it with a bolt cutter and hoped the pieces didn’t fly too far. I threaded the wooden pieces over the steel wire and glued the ends with Epoxy. The pieces pivot on the wire.

Made 3 – 7.5” gates and 5 – 4.5” gates each side is 22.5” in width.

I started to glue up the stalls doing the bigger ones first. I used a 1/4×1/4 strip on each side of the stall wall to make the glue joint stronger.

I started to put the sides on the barn.

I put glue blocks at the back of the stall 1/2” x 1/2” so that I’d have a stronger glue joint than just the plywood edge.

I also used 1/2” glue blocks on the ends.

I put a taper glue block that will match the roof line and also supporting braces on each side of the stall walls at the back of the stall. They also give a decorative touch.

Now it was time to start on the 4.5” side. I was having a problem keeping the fence at a 90 deg angle so I finally made some braces that I used a paper clip to hold it to the end of the fence.

So i worked my way down the 5 sections of the smaller stalls.

Put in the glue blocks.

And the other back wall.

I put a small 2nd floor for storage. These pieces are glued in and give strength to keep the ends straight. A 2nd piece will be added on the edge, but will not be glued so that small hands can easier reach into the stalls and move and play with the horses.

Glue blocks were added at the roof line and the center block was glued in so that the two halves could be aligned for storage.

This is my Dallas Cowboy Stadium view of the horse barn. The roof has not yet been cut and installed nor has the mechanism for attaching the two sides together for storage.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 12-17-2008 05:36 AM

What a cool project, I’m sure she’ll love it. If that horse fever catches on too much you might find yourself building one full size!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 05:40 AM


This is sure to be a treasured gift from Grandpa! It was nice that your son-in-law could get involved, too. We’d love to see Savannah’s delighted face when she opens her present!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 12-17-2008 05:41 AM


You are going to your granddaughter very happy!!

Neat project.


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

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#4 posted 12-17-2008 06:23 AM

looks fun!!! Are they miniature horses—-or are your tools just really big? just kidding…great present…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 12-17-2008 06:34 AM

Gee I didn’t ask for the size of horses. I hope I didn’t guess wrong.

Thanks for all of the comments.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-17-2008 07:30 AM

I didnt know they had horses that small


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

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#7 posted 12-17-2008 05:24 PM

You will need to get Thos. Angle to make you some tiny saddles for those little horses!

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

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#8 posted 12-17-2008 05:26 PM

Your daughter will LOVE it!!

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#9 posted 12-17-2008 05:30 PM

What a wonderful gift.She will love that for years to come.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#10 posted 12-17-2008 06:47 PM

Oh that is great, Karson. Where in the world are you going to find some horses small enough to use the stalls? Let me know buddy because I will want one too. :) REALLY Cool.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#11 posted 12-17-2008 10:40 PM

Thats awsome looking karson!

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#12 posted 12-17-2008 11:31 PM

Great idea Karson. I am sure she will appreciate it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 12-18-2008 12:43 AM

great job Karson. Don’t you think that projects like that seem to be more rewarding than money.

-- F.Little

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#14 posted 12-18-2008 01:38 AM

Karson, where do you get all your ideas?............ Your granddaughter will really love that horse barn. What a great present.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 12-25-2008 01:03 AM

Karson Where are the Horses at

-- Jim, Kentucky

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