March 14, 2011 § 9 Comments
Here is the scenario: Kami and I are out Christmas shopping with the kids. We make a stop at Toy’s R Us and Eli spots this barn on the shelf and goes half crazy wanting us to put it in the cart. Kami and I look at each other and both know that he is getting a toy barn for Christmas. He is a complete animal nut and will literally play for hours with those stupid little plastic animals. Then we take a closer look and find this for $119.
Yeah, not paying $119 for a barn that he will destroy in no time. Not to mention that this thing is tiny. He has accumulated what seems like hundreds of these little animals from playing the con man with both of his Grandma’s while at the dollar store.
That was when the thought popped into my head… I think that I can build that thing much cheaper and much sturdier than this piece of crap. Turns out, I can. Started with a concept in my head and went from there. Some 1/4″ birch plywood from one of the local big box stores, some hardwood I had laying around, some wood glue and paint. Only took a couple of nights of building then a couple more nights of painting and final touches and here we go.
This photo was after most of the building and finishing was done. Just need to add a few finishing touches.
End result was that we saved $120 and Eli was thrilled. Total cost of the project for me was $32 with paint and hardware. The trim pieces that I used were from some scraps that I had in my shop, so there wasn’t any cost there. Other than that, we ended up with a quality product for Eli that works much better for his huge collection of animals.