Treehouses & Playhouses You Can Build

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"Jeanie and David Stiles are recreation experts," says Matt Laurer of NBC's The Today Show, when the Stiles built a "treeless" treehouse in only three hours at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

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Overview

"Jeanie and David Stiles are recreation experts," says Matt Laurer of NBC's The Today Show, when the Stiles built a "treeless" treehouse in only three hours at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

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Did your childhood include a tree house? Do you wish it had? David and Jeanie Stiles (coauthors, Storage Projects You Can Build) can help you build the tree house of your child's dreams. They carefully outline planning considerations and pay keen attention to methods of attachment to the tree. Step-by-step instructions walk builders through basic designs. A proliferation of black-and-white line drawings illustrates instructions, placement, and technique, and a photo gallery shows off the finished projects. No trees? No problem, with one treeless and four playhouse designs. Essential. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586857806
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/10/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 427,075
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

About this Book 11

Chapter 1:

Basic Building Information 13

Tools 13

Tool Tips 15

Lumber & Materials 16

Lumber Tips 17

Joining Logs 19

Making a Peg 'n Hole Joint 20

Mini-ties 21

Bamboo 21

Joining Bamboo 22

Decking 23

Staging or Scaffolding Planks 24

Spans 24

Treehouse Span Table 25

Lumber Delivery 25

Making a Simple Sawhorse 26

Sawing Through Lumber 27

Bolts, Nails & Screws 27

"Secret" Glue 28

Installing Posts 29

Making Concrete Footings 30

Rope Railings 31

Branch Rails 32

Doors & Windows 33

Making an Easy Plexiglas Window 34

Attaching a Window 35

Building a Simple Fixed Skylight 36

Building an Operable Skylight 37

Building a Loft 38

Chapter 2:

Building a Treehouse 41

Family Meeting 42

Planning a Treehouse 42

Planned Building vs.

Building as You Go 43

Choosing the Right Tree 43

Tree Expansion & Movement 45

Installing a Lag Screw 48

Threaded Rods 49

Flexible Connections 49

Rope 54

Knots to Know 55

Chain & Wire Rope 57

Cables & Turnbuckles 58

Attaching Beams 58

Beams/Planning 59

Beams/Attaching 60

Braces 60

Access to the Treehouse 65

Building Stairs 65

Rope Ladder 68

Innertube Collar 69

Chapter 3:

Three Treehouse Designs 71

(Step-by-Step Instructions & Illustrations)

Building a Basic Treehouse 72

Building a Treeless Treehouse 82

The Hobbit Treehouse: Our Story 88

Building the Hobbit House 90

Chapter 4:

Four Playhouse Designs 93

(Step-by-Step Instructions & Illustrations)

"Pie-Rat" Ship Playhouse 94

"Pie-Rat" Ship Party 104

Victorian Playhouse 105

Hobbit Playhouse 113

Building the Hobbit Playhouse 120

Shed Playhouse 124

Building the Shed 129

Building the Playhouse 131

Chapter 5:

Accessories 133

Ladder Hoist 133

Tips for Making Swings 133

Making a Simple Swing 135

Zip Line 136

Message Board & Mirror 137

Trash Box 137

Bridges 138

Pulley & Basket 139

Drawbridge 139

Hoist 140

Crow's Nest 141

Pirate Ship Accessories 142

Pirate's Cutlass 142

Jolly Roger 143

Ship's Wheel 143

Resources 144

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    The ultimate book for building your own treehouse

    This book tops them all! The best book for a do-it- yourselfer to build a treehouse or playhouse in their backyard - plus a couple of photo sections to insipire you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Excellent purchase choice for a beginner or pro.

    Simple approach with excellent information and photos. It gives a variety of options to start from as well as add-ons and finishing touches. It covers simple to complex construction. It's a superb buy & one that is likely to stay in the family library.

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