How to Build Treehouses, Huts, and Forts

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This book is filled with fun projects for kids and their parents to build in their backyards. It begins with a section on basic carpentry and continues with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on building treehouses, forts and huts. It concludes with a section on "cool stuff for kids to make" such as treasure chests, cannons, catapults, and several fun projects to build in the snow.
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Overview

This book is filled with fun projects for kids and their parents to build in their backyards. It begins with a section on basic carpentry and continues with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on building treehouses, forts and huts. It concludes with a section on "cool stuff for kids to make" such as treasure chests, cannons, catapults, and several fun projects to build in the snow.
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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
  • 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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