Savannah's Christmas Present a barn

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Project by Karson posted 01-02-2009 04:55 AM 2516 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My granddaughter’s parents requested that I make her a barn for Christmas. The blog on the story is here

So I finished the barn and we had our family Christmas on Sat. She received some horses for a Christmas present and after all of the presents were open I went out into the shop to bring in the barn.

The barn is made with 1/4” Baltic Birch and Sapele most of it resawn to 1/4” thick. The construction photos are on the blog. The dimensions are 22 1/2 long, 12” tall and 18” wide. The two connectors shown on the end are threaded plastic knobs they go through and attach to a nut that is incased in wood on the inside so the nut is not lost. You can see the overlap sections on the forth picture.

So here’s Savannah opening the barn

Opening the fence

Thanking me

Savannah with her barn

I received these pictures tonight by e-mail. She has set up her barn at home.

She scarfed some wood chips for the stable today, from the stable today.

-- 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 01-02-2009 05:05 AM

mighty fine barn karson , that great big hug put tears in my eyes big as horse turds ! that beats any paycheck i ever got . i sure wish my grandchildren didnt live so far away . great work karson and happy new year !

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 05:08 AM

This turned out great Karson, looks like her ponies are quite comfortable in there. However, judging by the 3rd pic you got more out this project then Savannah or her ponies. ;-)

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 05:11 AM

Guess who is the favorite Grandpa now!!

A gift you will both remember for a life time. Beautiful job and beautiful family, Karson,


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

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#4 posted 01-02-2009 05:26 AM

Karson, That hug is one reason why we do what we do. When I was 8 years old my grandfather built a wooden cow barn for me for Christmas. We didn’t have a lot growing up but that barn made me feel like the richest kid in town. I played with that for many years. Wish I still had it but I played with it to death. When the time comes, My grandson who’s 16 mts old will surely be getting one.

Love the stall design. Hope you don’t mind me stealing the idea.

Nice job well done

-- Andy...... 1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands...

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#5 posted 01-02-2009 05:28 AM

Hey, Grandpa, I could use a barn. My horsies are out in the cold tonight. That is a really neat gift, Karson. I still have a rocking horse my grandpa built for me when I was 2. Savannah will cherish this forever.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-02-2009 05:33 AM

She played with it all weekend. She put other toys on the floor and the horses had to jump over them in a riding ring.

Anyway that I can help anyong making one let me know.

-- 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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#7 posted 01-02-2009 05:42 AM

Wow!!! Nice horse barn. I am guessing Savannah has you firmly wrapped around her finger. This will be something that she will treasure forever.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#8 posted 01-02-2009 06:01 AM

That’s a heck of a lot nicer than my old Fisher-Price barn that moo’d when I opened the barn doors.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#9 posted 01-02-2009 06:36 AM

What a great follow up story Karson. You have created memories she will treasure and share always. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 01-02-2009 06:37 AM

Precious! (The stable and the granddaughter) Love the details.

-- 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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#11 posted 01-02-2009 06:48 AM

you are the greatest grandpa !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 01-02-2009 06:53 AM

That is sweet, I seriously got goose bumps. My Dad made a barn for my brother and I. I have a similar project on my radar for my two boys (5 & 1 yrs). Maybe for Xmas 2009?

Nice job.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#13 posted 01-02-2009 07:01 AM



-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#14 posted 01-02-2009 07:30 AM

I may have to make Shannon one….this turned out great. Smart girl, getting the sawdust for the stalls…just make sure it’s not walnut. :-) Wish you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year!

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#15 posted 01-02-2009 07:48 AM

That third picture says it all. You’re a good man, Karson Morrison. Looks like I’ve got a couple of years to hone my barn plans for our grandson.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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