Horse Stables for American Girl or 18" Dolls
How to build a horse stable for American Girl or 18" dolls.
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
24" x 48" (Quarter sheet) of 1/4" plywood or hardboard (I used Purbond)
21 - 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
6 - flat headed wood screws (1" - 2" in length for attaching the base to the legs)
12 - 1 1/4" finish nails (for attaching the roof - you can use screws)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
6 - 1x2 @ 17"
6 - 1x2 @ 19" (SHORT point measurement, top end is cut at 30 degrees off square)
6 - 1x2 @ 13 1/2" (LONG point measurement, top end is cut at 30 degrees off square)
4 - 1x2 @ 10 7/8"
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 13 1/2" x 24"
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 20" x 24"
4 - 1x2 @ 10 5/8"
4 - 1x2 @ 3"
2 - 1/4" plywood scraps 10 5/8" x 6" (optional)
2 - 1x1 cut to fit - end angles are approximately 15 degrees off square
Start by building three trusses out of the lx2s. Clamp all joints and attach with glue. What I did was first put together all three roof trusses by attaching at the top with a 3/4" pocket hole and 1 1/4" pocket hole screw. I laid these flat to dry and then built the walls. Then I centered the trusses on the walls and attached. Overhangs were about 1 1/4" for me.
I built one on top of the other to make sure they all matched up.
TIP: If you find your wood is splitting, try setting your pocket hole jig to the 1/2" setting and using 1" pocket hole screws.
This should be the easy part but it was actually the hardest part! The reason is my drill was too big to fit inside and attach the pocket hole screws. I ended up using a screwdriver and hand attaching. If you are painting, an easy solution is to simply place the pocket holes to the outsides so you can fill and paint them. Another option is to just drill the pocket holes on one side, and then attach all four back pieces to the center truss. Then attach the outside trusses with countersunk wood screws from the outsides to the back.
Remember to rotate your trusses so that the pocket holes are hidden to the insides unless you are painting - then you might want to keep them on the outside to fill, sand and finish them easier.
Once this step was done, it was all cake. Or frosting I should say! I applied glue and nailed the roof pieces on. I used the roof pieces to square up the horse stables.
Now I really considered no bottom, but the project needs it for structure. If you didn't want a bottom, you should at least place 2 - 1x2s 24" long hitting each of the truss legs on front and back. I screwed the plywood on with 2" wood screws and wood glue, using a countersink bit to keep my wood from splitting. This really squared things up and made the horse stable sturdy.
Finally, the doors. Just build a box out of the 1x2s. Then if you want, position a smaller piece of wood inside the box window and mark. Cut to your marks and glue in place. You can also add plywood to the back, I used 1/4".
Attach doors to stable so that when closed, the only thing visible is the hinge pin. You can also add a hook and eye closure or magnetic closure to keep those ponies in the pen!