How to Build Treehouses, Huts, and Forts

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A treehouse is a wonderful idea, but how in the name of creation do you actually build one? In this delightfully illustrated handbook, David Stiles, the unofficial world grandmaster of the treehouse, shows how. Not assuming anything about the treehouse builder, Stiles starts with the basics: how to nail, how to buy wood, what kind of screws and nails to use. Then it's on to an A-frame design so simple that it can be built in a weekend out of four sheets of plywood, followed by lean-tos, a tree hut, and a ...
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Overview

A treehouse is a wonderful idea, but how in the name of creation do you actually build one? In this delightfully illustrated handbook, David Stiles, the unofficial world grandmaster of the treehouse, shows how. Not assuming anything about the treehouse builder, Stiles starts with the basics: how to nail, how to buy wood, what kind of screws and nails to use. Then it's on to an A-frame design so simple that it can be built in a weekend out of four sheets of plywood, followed by lean-tos, a tree hut, and a Tarzan-style jungle hideaway. There are also forts of every description, including a 21-foot-tall lookout tower modeled on one George Washington built to keep an eye on the redcoats. Stiles also adds a design for a snowball catapult, an igloo and even a Nerf-loaded cannon. Written for children, with an adult peeking over their shoulder, Stiles's TREEHOUSES, HUTS, & FORTS is a dreamer's handbook, offering practical results.
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"How to hammer, how to saw, how to dream. The perfect guidebook for kids." - Wally Lawrnece, reader and weekend carpenter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592281923
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 508,405
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID STILES is an industrial designer. He has written fifteen books on do-it-yourself building projects, including Fun Projects for You and the Kids (page TK). His playground designs have won awards from the New York City planning commission. He and his wife have appeared on The Discovery Channel and HGTV. They divide their time between New York City and East Hampton, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
A Note to Your Parents 6
A Word for the Kids 7
Carpentry Tips 8
Treehouses 15
Treehouse Tips 17
Finding the Right Tree 18
Platform Framing 19
Floor Framing 21
Easy-to-Build Treehouse 23
Tree Hut 34
Secret Escape Hatch 38
Tarzan Treehouse 39
Huts & Forts 50
Lookout Tower 51
Junk Hut 59
Mountain Stream Hut 62
Lean-to 67
Fort Bravo 69
Outfitting 71
Camping out Overnight 72
Other Cool Stuff
Catapult 75
Treasure Chest 78
Cannon 82
Snow Forts
Snowball Fort 86
City Snow Fort 87
Eskimo Snow House 89
Snow Block Fort 96
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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    I love this book

    I found this book while looking for an activity that my newly adopted nephew could do with his new father to help build their bond. Ever since then, I have bought the same book for many of my siblings children to interact and include time with their parents. I gave up on toys... kids out grow them or they break and they have too many, where as a book is educational and promotes a lifetime of learning. Since then I myself own the book and many of my friends children (my new favorite birthday gift). Everyone loves the book and the idea that it gives an activity for the entire family to enjoy. This book allows the ideas to flow and a drive to create and interact. I am currently working on a couple projects with my nieces and nephews and their parents. Also I admit I started one for myself to play in (child at heart). The pictures are fun and create a flow of imagination. The blueprints are easy to follow and provide ease of variations if need be; even if your not an avid carpenter the concepts are achievable. I highly recommend this book to anyone whom loves to interact with the children or be one themselves. :)

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