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Blog entry by Muriel posted 01-20-2012 01:01 PM 7459 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a dream … since I was as small girl I wanted a farm … never got one.
Many years later my son received one for St Nicolas (in Belgium), he was 1 year old and played again and again … for years. Now the small plastic farm is resting in the attic like a treasure !

Few days ago I was asked by friends if I could make one big wooden farm box including “everything” ... for their little son.
Remembering by son’s smile and hours of happines I said YES : a big challenge !

By any chance could some of you give me advices, tips, and most important PLANS ?

From various plans I could “design” a new one and afterward share my new experience.

Thank you !

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 03:54 AM

You don’t need any plans. Just wing it! Go to my projects to see the barn I made for my granddaughter to get some ideas. My son had one of those plastic farms and played with it for years.I used a Breyer horse for scale so everything would be in proportion.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 06:17 PM

I had a look to your barn : very nice.
Thank you I’ll inspire.

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 08:16 PM

you want a huge farm …yes :-)
then go out and lend one or boy one of those tractors in scale
and meassure how high the and wide the barndoors need to be
there is scale persons to those farm series as well so you can get an idea
of how big doors and windows ned to be a litlle to the big side is better than too small
before you know it will have a big box with a maschinpark …. LOL

we look forward to follow the project
good luck


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#4 posted 01-21-2012 08:55 PM

Muriel – Years ago when my daughter was young, I built her a dollshouse from a kit. It was a lot of work. Each room had individual ceiling lighting, lamps and plug sockets and there was an electric fire that glowed in the living room. To make it more fun for my daughter, I then made a cutom base that stuck out about 350mm each side of the house. On the front of the base I wired up each electrical appliance to a bank of switches. The idea behind the base sticking out either side of the house was so that each Christmas we could make a different module to maintain her interest. We made a conservatory on one side and a landscaped garden on the other side with a street lamp and a pond with coloured lights. We were then going to make a stables and a shop as well but we never got around to it. The reason for telling you this is that it is important to maintain children’s interest, so think about how you can keep it interesting by enabling them to move things around as their imagination dictates. Also, don’t build anything bigger than the door frame that it has to go through.

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

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 05:14 PM

How did this turn out?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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