Fortunately, the weather forecasts were wrong for today – it ended up not raining and was actually quite nice. I took advantage of it by framing up all the walls for the playhouse. I did pretty basic methods for most of the walls – single bottom plate and 16” OC stud spacing (unless it made more sense to space otherwise in select areas).
When I was on the 2nd season of All American Handyman, I got eliminated on a challenge where we had to build a shed. One of the two reasons I got eliminated was because I didn’t keep 16” OC spacing around the entire shed. I know studs are supposed to by 16”, and I know WHY they are supposed to be 16”. But I feel in certain circumstances, it is more logical to not stick to 16” for every cavity. Unfortunately Holmes and Scott didn’t like my rationale, and held it against me. But I still feel I went about it the right way then, as I again did here with this project. Instead of belly-aching about it here, maybe I’ll put up a separate post just about this topic. I’d love to hear everyone else’s opinion on the matter.
Anyway, moving on. If you notice in the pictures below, I did only a single top plate. I could have easily done a double top plate, but I feel a single plate is fine in this case given the structural requirements of this relatively small structure.
One of the other unconventional things I did was the way I framed the wall where the larger (ie adult-sized) door will be. The height of the door needed to be higher than the 4 1/2’ top plate height that the rest of the walls have. So I couldn’t have a continuous top plate across that wall. I basically framed up the rough opening of the door, and then continued 4 1/2’ high top plates flanking the door opening. My door is going to have a three-sided top (like the top half of a hexagon), instead of being square and straight across. I spent a lot of time planning out how the ridge beam will connect to the top of the door opening, and how the load will be carried down. I think I came up with a pretty good design here that will adequately support the load from the roof. I’ll elaborate more on my next post – after the roof is all framed up. As for now, here’s what I got:
-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ, www.pankowoodworks.com