Working on Bella’s barn some more.

I forged some hinges for Bella’s play barn this last weekend. Tonight I put a second coat of paint on the exterior and hung the door.

hand forged toy barn hinges
hand forged toy barn hinges
I will use some 'junk' nails I picked up on freecycle that have no points for the hinge pins
I will use some 'junk' nails I picked up on freecycle that have no points for the hinge pins
Hinge on the toy barn door
Hinge on the toy barn door
The barn is getting close to done
The barn is getting close to done
The inside needs a second coat of paint yet
The inside needs a second coat of paint yet

I have to make a door handle for the barn door. I will try to match the hinges. Eventually I would like to make a proper door latch, but my blacksmithing skills aren’t there yet.

I need to put a  2nd coat of paint on the inside and all the trim. The roof needs a few more pieces made up, and the door and sides will get some white trim to make it look more ‘barnish’..

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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Bella’s play barn phase one.

A trailerload of pallets & shipping crate, half tore down and ready to re-use.
A trailerload of pallets & shipping crate, half tore down and ready to re-use.

I was offered a bunch of wood at work, pallets and a shipping crate. Once I got them home, I got to looking at that shipping crate and thought that I should make something useful out of it.

Like a play house for Bella.

So I started planning one. Rolling the idea around in my head. I came up with a really fancy idea of a little house, porch, shed, etc. Then I decided I wanted to make all the hardware with my blacksmithing skills. It kinda went overkill in my head. Then I decided that a barn would look really cool with hand made hardware. So, a barn shaped object is now the plan. Water and Ice for the roof, maybe a few shingles from the bundle I found in the garage. A sky-light so I can see in and check on the trouble brewing in the play barn.

Well, not really the plan, as there are no plans. Just cut wood until the pieces fit together nicely. I picked the nicest pallet – a solid red oak one it turns out – and tossed it on the ground. That’s how big my barn will be.

I measured the pallet, and the broken down bits of shipping crate. I grabbed a piece of soap stone and drew out a ‘barn’ shape on a sheet of wood. Katie liked it except it was too tall. So, adjusting it down, I laid two pieces down on a saw horse and measured out my barn sides.

A pallet as the base of the play house
A pallet as the base of the play house

A few minutes with a circular saw and I had my two ends! I screwed them to the pallet. I scrounged a few 1-bys to hold the two end walls apart. I cut another sheet down to the side walls. I screwed them on, and it’s looking pretty good, if I say so myself.

I screwed the two pieces together so I could cut them both at the same time
I screwed the two pieces together so I could cut them both at the same time

 

I got to looking at the roof, and I think I am going to make the whole roof out of some dark smoke colored Plexiglas I have. Water proof & easy to see inside.

The front and back scewed to the pallet & two pieces for the sides
The front and back scewed to the pallet & two pieces for the sides

So, the front end is to come off, and the door cut. Some small windows cut into the sides. The floor needs to be put in and maybe a small sit/work bench along the back wall.

Just needs a roof & doors & windows!
Just needs a roof & doors & windows!

I am contemplating a working hay-mound door with a pulley to a pull cord across the top of the inside of the barn. Hinged door main door? Maybe a slider? 1 piece or two? All good questions. The answers will likely come after I cut out pieces and seeing how they fit together.

That’s just how I roll..