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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  



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Posted January 27, 2011 - 11:16 AM

My next project is to finish one that I had started about 4-years ago.
I had gotten this base for a barn off ebay.
It was just the foundation and it was missing two of the support columns for a big overhanging barn.
They said this was built by their Grandfather back in the 40's or 50's. Whoever built it did an excellent job on it.
I would have liked to have seen the whole layout, it had to have been awesome.

I didn't want a barn as big as this had so I made the barn width the same as the foundation and only made it overhang out the back.
This is as far as I had gotten with it back then.

You can see the holes in the base where the two missing columns were at the corners of the cleared area along side the foundation.

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This side of the foundation had two nice windows in it and the remaining support column on this corner.
I used that column to determine how far the barn would overhang the foundation and turned down a matching column for the other corner of the barn.

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Here's the front of the barn with a nice ramp leading up to it and the structure detail of the inside back wall.

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A couple of photos of the unfinished side of the barn and the barn interior.

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I wasn't a member of any forums back then so I wasn't taking photos of this during construction to share with all of you.
However, I did take this one photo of our "barn cat" checking to see if the floor was strong enough.

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A view under the overhang showing the two doors in the foundation and the unfinished support column on the right corner.

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I used spackeling putty to finish the support column to make it look like it is made out of concrete like the existing column.
Then I used round head straight pins for door knobs on the doors.

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I finished the wood plank siding on the barn and also put door knobs on these two doors.

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Two supports for the roof are cut from a 3/4 inch board and clamped to the inside of the barn ends.
Then the top two roof sections were cut from 1/8 inch plywood and glued to the supports.
They were also screwed down to hold them in place while the glue dries.
There is a gap left in the center between the two roof sections.
This is so I can force the center of the two roof sections down and together so it makes the center peak of the roof sag like a real old barn would.
The roof sections are held together in the center with the masking tape while the glue dries.

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Here is a side view so you can see the sag in the barn roof.

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The grain silo is going to be made out of a section of plastic drain pipe.
I turned it down on the lathe to form banding straps on the side.

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It will have the older style wood roof cap instead of the newer rounded metal roof cap.
I glued a balsa wood base to the top of the silo and then glued a smaller plastic cap to the base.
Then I cut tapered strips of wood and started gluing them on to form the lower sides of the roof cap.

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A square strip of wood is screwed to the side of the silo to form the base for building the access section up the side of the silo.
The lower part of the roof cap is finished around to where it is ready to connect to the access section.

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Posted January 27, 2011 - 11:29 AM

Once Again, those are some Awesome Building skills Ray...

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Posted January 27, 2011 - 05:20 PM


Ive always wanted to build things like that but dont have the patience.

The models usually end up halfway across the room when the glue doesnt set fast enough for my shaky hands

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Posted January 27, 2011 - 06:08 PM

Great Job. Coming nicely. Ths silo is really creative.