Treehouses and other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build
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Treehouses and other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build

by Jeanie Stiles, David Stiles
     
 

Remember the handcrafted mischief of the gangs on The Little Rascals, Gilligan's Island, and The Swiss Family Robinson?

This cleverness is back in the old-fashioned fun of Treehouses and Other Cool Stuff You Can Build. Imagine building an old-fashioned go-cart, an A-frame treehouse, a portable lemonade stand, a seesaw, a scooter skateboard, a tub fiddle, and

Overview

Remember the handcrafted mischief of the gangs on The Little Rascals, Gilligan's Island, and The Swiss Family Robinson?

This cleverness is back in the old-fashioned fun of Treehouses and Other Cool Stuff You Can Build. Imagine building an old-fashioned go-cart, an A-frame treehouse, a portable lemonade stand, a seesaw, a scooter skateboard, a tub fiddle, and even the ultimate in entertainment-an erupting volcano.

Also included is a useful section on carpentry tips and tools such as: Sawhorse, Saw Guide and Crosscutting, Ripping Wood, Pilot Holes and Drilling Screws, Toolbox.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423603955
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
12/19/2007
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
620,224
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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Materials list for treehouse using 4 posts:

Qty. Description Length Location

(4) 4x4 ACQ posts 10' support posts

(7) 2x6 #2 fir 8' floor frame

(1) 3/4-inch ext. ply. 4'x8' sheet floor

(6) 5/4 x 6 cedar 8' deck

(2) 2x4 cedar 10' knee braces

(1) 4x4 cedar 8' railing posts

(4) 5/8" ext. ply. 4'x8' sheets roof, front and back sides

(14) 2x3 spruce 8' framing

(1) 2x4 fir 12' ridge board

(2) 2x6 cedar 8' railing

(8) 2x2 cedar 8' balustrades

(4) 11/16" x 1 3/8" solid crown molding 9' roof edging

(3) 2x6 cedar 8' ladder

(2) 1x4 cedar 8' ladder step supports

(4) 80-lb. bags sacrete post footings

(4) 3" galvanized butt hinges windows

AC ply. = A/C grade exterior plywood

Ext. ply. = exterior plywood

ACQ = pressure treated

T1-11 ply = textured 1-11 plywood

o.c. = on center

i.d. = inside dimension

Optional: Asphalt shingles for treehouse roof.

Note: If you shingle your treehouse, use staples instead of nails to attach shingles. Clear your building site from brush and rocks and mark out an area with string that is 89 1/2 inches wide and 66 1/2 inches deep. This represents the exact center of where the 4 posts will go. Check the diagonal measurements from corner to corner to make sure they measure the same. Dig 4 holes where the strings intersect, 12 inches wide and 36 inches deep. Place the 10-foot-long 4x4s in the holes loosely. Don't backfill until the frame is in place. Temporarily brace the posts to keep them plumb.

Meet the Author

David and Jeanie have been writing "how-to" books together for the past twelve years. Most recently, the couple built a treehouse on The Today Show in Rockefeller Center in New York. They divide their time between New York City and East Hampton, where they live in a barn they renovated together.

David and Jeanie have been writing "how-to" books together for the past twelve years. Most recently, the couple built a treehouse on The Today Show in Rockefeller Center in New York. They divide their time between New York City and East Hampton, where they live in a barn they renovated together.

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