Barn--Thanks to LJ Celldss

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Project by grace123 posted 02-22-2015 04:17 AM 1575 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson is going to turn 5 in five days. He told me he really needs a barn to put his tractors in. So I browsed projects posted. I loved the project posted by Celldss and imitated much of what he did.

This barn is 11 inches high and 15 inches long and made of 1/2 Baltic Birch plywood.

I looked on the internet for gambrel roof angles. These are the angles I ultimately used: 70 degrees, 60 degrees for the top of the roof, then one more at 70 degrees for the miters. This picture shows after gluing and applying one set of hinges.

After the glue on the roof had fully dried, I made one wall. I traced the angle of the roof on scrap plywood and tested for fit for the walls of the ends of the barn.

After I was satisifed with the fit of the wall pattern, I made walls from plywood and cut holes for the doors and windows and applied hinges.

I cut windows into the long walls and glued everything. In this picture you can see that little trim strips made a big difference. Initially I painted the braces on the barn door, but I did not like the look. So I applied little strips of scrap.

Final touches were made. I painted a few milk cans and few drums to look like the ones we have in our barns. Our family business is farming. We raise alfalfa and beef cattle. We do not house animals in our barns. We store hay and equipment. So this barn will be a place for my grandson’s tractors. The occupants of the barn currently are zebras. This grandson currently enjoys anything and everything to do with zebras

Final shot is of my assembly table. This was made as a surprise for me by my brother. He attached a sheet of plywood onto a dual tractor tire rim. He intended it to be temporary, but I really like the fact he made it for me and here is stays.

A final thanks again to Celldss for his great idea and construction of his toy barn.

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 05:11 AM

That’s a good looking barn. Your grandson is a lucky fellow.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 12:36 PM

That is so cute. My grandkids would have a hoot with something like that.

And I like how you keep the zebras in the barn too – everyone has to share.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 01:26 PM

Nice build. Your Grndson is gonna luv it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 03:28 PM

I made something similar—actually a crèche for a display. I found small wood roofing shingles at arts and craft store that I could glue on to give a little detail and depth to roof.

Well done. He’ll really enjoy.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 02:34 AM

Lots of creative play time here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 07:35 AM

Incredible miniature!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-13-2015 07:23 PM

ha – just saw this now. Well done! hope your grandson is enjoying it. :-)

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