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I would like to build a simple toy barn and stable for my 4-year old's toy horses. Tools and budget are limited. Answered

All of the plans I find onlline are expensive and complicated, and IJ don't have a band saw or router. I just want to build a simple, open-roof barn and stable, maybe a small table as well, for my little one's toy horses. I have a drill and hand tools, and some woodworking talent. Any ideas?


I'm pretty sure the best instruction is on stodoys website.

Many years ago (32) Oops! I built a table top actual model Chaurch made out of matches the matterial I used to do the roof from and that looked nice and very flexible to shape was corrugated box carton. I peel off the left and right paper layer and leave the wavy part only. You could use that as the roof of your barn.


8 years ago

Well heck, you could do that with a few square dowels as support beams and Popsicle sticks as "barn boards." Build up the frame by gluing the dowels together and reinforcing the joints with cardboard triangles. Then glue on the popsicle sticks. Finish with paint or colour with markers. Sounds like an excellent weekend project for a daddy and his 4-year-old!


8 years ago

What about an old tea-chest? IF you can get one.They're made of a thin type of wood. Cutting a door in it would be reasonably easy? Then a lick of paint?

Kiteman's comment about involving your youngster in the process, in what he might see as perfect, is spot on I reckon.

Why not let / help him make his own - selection of boxes, duct tape, parentally-controlled sharp things and then paints and markers.

OK, so it might not look like your idea of a stable, but it will be exactly what he wants.

You might find cardboard as easy to work with as balsa (a very good suggestion from sean. It's easy to "play" with cardboard & scissors until you get something like what you want, then start again with more care a ruler and a knife. Cover with patterned-paper or paint it.


If you have access to art supplies and craft stores, there are basswood and balsa planks available that are already quite thin, 1/16" up to 1/2", easily handled using a utility knife and glue/brads The balsa can be toughened by treating it with wood hardener after the cuts are completed for any fine detail or very thin pieces, but I'd stick with basswood or even pine for the rest.

BTW, if you have a table saw, you can make your own thin stock by ripping a 2x4 or similar. I do it all the time to make shims and dutchmans.