Isabella has a barn, e-i-e-i-o

Sing with me!

Good thing my carpentry is better than my singing.

Today I didn’t get around to any blacksmithing, but I think I have a pretty good excuse!

Bella inspecting the new barn. She was asking if I had pulled the proper permits
Bella inspecting the new barn. She was asking if I had pulled the proper permits

My pallet started looking like a barn today.

The barn and the tools to make it
The barn and the tools to make it

I kicked around the plexi roof and after a bit of trial fitting, decided it would work quite well. I started by cutting the lower sections of the roof and worked out a frame to hold them. The fame has a slot to hold the plexi. Once painted, I will silicone the plexi into the frame to keep it from popping out. The frame is also notched to fit over the sides. This will help keep the wood dry so it won’t disintegrate in the weather.

Set up to cut plexi on the table saw. It slides on the table and roller stands.
Set up to cut plexi on the table saw. It slides on the table and roller stands.
Thin slot for the plexi, thick slot for the wood.
Thin slot for the plexi, thick slot for the wood.
Notch so the upper plexi overlaps the lower plexi making a roof that will shed water
Notch so the upper plexi overlaps the lower plexi making a roof that will shed water
The lower section of plexi roof installed
The lower section of plexi roof installed
The whole roof installed
The whole roof installed

I figured out how I am going to do the door. I will make a slider door. Well, two actually, as I am going to split the door so it’s more symetrical. I will put two metal rails on the toy barn, and 2 hoops per door to hook over the rails. Think shower curtain.

I actually broke down and spent money on this project. I bought 2 gallons of barn paint for $15 each. One red, one white.

How perfect! Barn paint - it was the cheapest exterior paint I saw too.
How perfect! Barn paint - it was the cheapest exterior paint I saw too.
The outside getting painted, the front removed for cutting a door.
The outside getting painted, the front removed for cutting a door.
Door cut, front painted.
Door cut, front painted.
The outside is basically done. Just needs some trim & door painted and added yet
The outside is basically done. Just needs some trim & door painted and added yet

The neighbor brought over a bit of carpet. How plush! A carpeted play house.

Clear toy barn roof
Clear toy barn roof
View from inside the play barn through the 'glass' roof
View from inside the play barn through the ‘glass’ roof

So the things left to do:

  • Create a ridge to stop the plexi roof from sagging
  • Paint the interior
  • lay carpet
  • make a bench/work table along the back wall
  • make the door
  • make the door slide rails
  • trim the outside
  • paint the outside trim
  • maybe make some blacksmithed corner brackets for looks
  • make a wood shed on each side – this will ‘squat’ the barn visually so it’s not so tall looking.
  • make a silo – it would hold the coal for blacksmithing.
  • make a mini fenced area for the pretend farm animals.

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