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I like the book as a guide for ideas of what to do while spending some time together. You may need to add to the instructions for some of the projects as it is a bit light in that area. Come on, Dad! There is everything from very simple ideas like making a milkshake or a personal pizza together, to water fights and oobleck, to family tributes, learning about money and writing letters. The directions are clear and the projects are fun! Easier ones that we think boys will like are a water-pressurized rocket and the slingshot nothing quite like making your own. The book is broken down into sections—chemistry, biology, physics, earth and the human body.

Many of the ideas here are pretty basic such as coke rocket, rock candy, egg in a bottle etc. This one is different. A Lithgow Palooza! Some are still hands-on but some are more about thinking and playing. There are things in here that I have never thought to do with my son but that I like very much. We love words and there is a whole section on words, another on music, one on dance, animals, vacation, art, holidays, food.

Treehouses and other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build

It is different—but very good. If you have a boy that likes the things above, give this one a try. The "bird's mouth" was rough cut with a hand saw and then shaped with a sanding block. When I was happy with how the rafter looks and how it fits on all rafter marks left and right, I cut the real rafters. Last, I temporarilly mounted the 2 rafters right above the front wall and the other 2 of the back wall, and rough cut the exterior siding of the roof in a triangular shape sorry - no picture for this sub-step.

At this point, I test fitted some 6mm poplar ply sheets that will make the interior wall sheathing. No pictures for this step, but it is a quick and easy one.

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Then, I roughly cut the ply, leaving some margin that will be trimmed flush after the final assembly on the tree. After disassembling and carrying everything from the workshop to the site, I used my car as a platform to help lift the walls. Each wall was around 25kg heavy, so I had to ask a friend for a helping hand. A leftover piece of the same boards used for the wall studs is temporarily mounted with screws to provide diagonal support until the second wall is bolted against the first wal 2nd pic.

When all the walls were put to place and bolted to each other, I fixed them on the platform with ten 8xmm lag bolts I think 6x would be fine - 3 bolts on each long wall and 2 bolts on each short one. I made a shallow hole on every roof rafter with a 25mm forstner bit to make room for a washer and nut. Then I drilled the center of the shallow hole all the way to the other side with a 5mm bit.

Last, I mounted the rafters on the walls with 8xmm lag bolts 1 bolt per rafter , and on the ridge board with long 6mm screws 2 screws per rafter. Before placing the interior sheathing, I put some black and red pairs of wires that will be hidden inside the walls. They all start at the same point shown at the 7th pic where a small box will be placed to accomodate a small 12V battery and some switches. From there, two pairs go up the ceilng, another two outside the house and last pair goes over the deck.

They will be used for some lights, a ceiling fan and whatever other project- some may be left idle. Last, I fixed the interior sheathing with 3mm screws and small nails.


All nails and screws go a little deeper than the surface of the sheathing and they are covered with wood filler so that they don't show. At this point, I trimmed flush to the rafters all interior and exterior wall sidings that were roughly cut oversized in the previous steps.

The first thing to do here is to put some stop blocks at the end of the rafters. These will hold the large plywood panel until it is fixed with screws. For the roof sheathing I used 9mm plywood for exterior uses WBP ply. I cut the edge of the ply with the same angle as the roof The 1st pictures shows a scrap piece of sheathing that I used to check that the two angles match. After putting the ply sheets at place, I attached them with 4x35mm screws. Unfortunately, the ply sheets were not wide enough to cover the entire roof, so I had to add two stripes of ply towards the top of the roof putting silicone at the junctions.

Eventually, I had to climb on the roof to place all the screws. The 9mm ply is not thick enough so you have to step mainly over the rafters - I draw lines on the sheathing to always know where the rafters are. Some scrap pieces of board screwed over the rafters will help to have something to grab when up on the roof.

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I also put some nails to keep the wire extension from sliding down. The technique is exactly the same as the trapdoor of step For each frame, I glued together 4 pieces of ply with half lap joints made on the router table.

Surprisingly, the main window was the most time consuming part of the whole project. I had to do and re-do things a number of times as there are many parts that need an alignment as close as possible to prefection. The rest of the story is better explained by looking at the comments on the photos. Again, I first bought all the hardware and then designed the door so that everything fits nicely. Then, I applied a dark brown varnish on the visible part of the door frame to make a contrast with the siding. This is an awesome project. And I want to feature it on the home page. But I can't do that until it is complete.

So when you finish the right up, let me know and I will feature it. Reply 1 year ago. By dk31rc Follow. About: I like to make and repair stuff. No technical background of any kind - just hobbyist level of skills and tools. Most of them will be finished in the coming weeks - the roof shingles may have to wait until next spring, depending on how early the winter comes this year The treehouse floor ended up roughly 2.

Add Teacher Note. Tools When I started the project, my only power tools were a hand drill and an orbital sander. Power Tools Drill, with a set of common wood bits, a hole saw bit and some long bits for wood. Orbital sander.

Will help with the holes of step 8 diagonal support and the pilot holes for the rafters. Will also help standardize the pilot holes for the balusters. You can use a hand drill and a jig instead. Circular saw. Just google "DIY Circular Saw jig" and you will find many ideas how to build something like the one in the pictures above.

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If you own a table saw you are fine without any jig. Main Materials 6 lag screws for your main holding bolts - get the thicker you can find. Also you need matching washers. Next, for each of the 4 anchoring points you will need the following components: Lag bolt: 16xmm was the biggest I could find. I managed to find a piece of galvanized steel tube with ID 16mm OD 22mm and cut it in short pieces with a hack saw Custom Bracket.

I ordered them from a local smith shop and they are made of 5x30mm metal strips.