Toy Barn-Christmas Gift

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Project by rtbrmb posted 12-24-2018 12:19 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a former co-worker ask me in September to make a toy barn for his 4 year old. He wanted in 30” long and 24” wide. He also wanted it to look like his father-in-laws real barn.

He measured his son’s toy tractors and combines to make sure they would fit through the doors.

I decided to use half-lap joints for the framing-using some cedar from my co-worker that belonged to his wife’s recently deceased grand father. The rest of the framing (including the truss’) was constructed with virgin growth white pine reclaimed from a building in Northern Michigan by my brother. A majority of the joints were cut by hand with a 130ish year old Disston backsaw and a variety of antique chisels I have acquired and restored in the past several years.

The lean-to has a sliding door on each end with a piano-hinged roof to allow total access. The main barn also has a piano hinge with adjacent sliding doors. For one gable end I made a U.S. flag ~3 1/4” X 6 1/8 and carved the 50 stars with my CNC router. The other gable had a customer “M” carved per my friend’s request.

It was well received by mom and dad and they promised Christmas day pictures would be sent.

thanks all for looking and Merry Christmas.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 12-24-2018 12:22 AM

the sliding doors were made with 3/16” steel rods and threaded eye hooks.

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#2 posted 12-24-2018 01:27 AM

Ver nice

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#3 posted 12-24-2018 01:08 PM

I like the design both both models. I made one for my great grandson a few years back. He played with that barn every single day for over a year. It was a fun make for me, so I hope you enjoyed making yours. Make sure you have them send pictures if they do not live close. That’s the real purpose of smart cell phones – so grandparents can see their grand kids grow up while playing with toys you made. Wonderful job – what’s next?

-- DonB

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#4 posted 12-24-2018 04:14 PM

What a wonderful Christmas present that will be for a four year old boy. Great job!

-- Tom, Northwest Wisconsin

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#5 posted 12-24-2018 06:33 PM

Excellent work.

A very fine rendition of a barn.

I am sure it will be enjoyed for many years.

Also some good use of rescued wood too. A story paper should be stapled somewhere inside out of the way of being accidentally ruined too. Explaining how, why, and the tools and woods used etc.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 12-24-2018 07:35 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.

ralbuck- I put together a build sheet for the parents that explained the things you outlined in your comment.

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