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Scratch Build Barn
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Connecticut, United States
Member Since: December 01, 2010
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Posted: Friday, December 03, 2010 - 04:55 PM UTC
Hi. I'm new to the forum and wanted to post some pictures of my current project. This is a scratch built barn made from bass wood and ultracal so far. I am planning on making the roof corrugated sheet metal, but I'm not sure if I will use evergreen or make it out of lead foil. The mix of wood, metal, and stone will enable me to show a variety of weathering effects.

*The first 2 images show construction of the frame.

The floor boards have been sanded to show wear by the doors and in the center where it would have been more traffic.

I used a few coats of Weather All to make the wood look aged.

To make the fieldstone foundation, I poured a slab of UltraCal and carved the sides.

Please share your thoughts and advice.
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Kentucky, United States
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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 12:06 AM UTC
Looks great I like the frame work.Now I want to build a barn
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Donegal, Ireland
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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 12:17 AM UTC
The barn has a very American feeling in the design. Most European barns would be more open in the middle ... the four centre posts limit storage possibilities ... so would steer this more towards stables. This may not be a bad thing, as it would allow you to accessorise the barn easily with stalls and horse gear.
If the base does not sit properly on the poured hydrocol, maybe adding a frame at the bottom and adding putty to the frame and sculpting the stone work wold do the trick?
I really like to wooden floor ... the sanding of the joints gives a nice rustic effect, but maybe too exaggerated for this scale? But adding some straw on the floor, and what will be seen through the doors, this will probably look perfect.

Above sounds a bit harsh but I mean it all constructively. What you have done so far is excellent. I must look into getting some of that weather all product. The effect it leaves on the floor board is tops!
Looking forward to more progress images.
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Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010 - 02:05 PM UTC
Thanks for the feedback. I really like the idea of putting hay inside the barn. I'm also going to use MMP weathering pigments to make it look dusty between the floor boards. The Weather All works well, but if you use it ,paint it on the wood before you glue anything together. While its wet it tends to loosen the glue. When it drys though it bonds back together just as strong. You can get the Weather All on the Rust All website. I will post more pics as I build.