LumberJocks

Building My Kids' Playhouse #4: Framing the Walls

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Andy Panko posted 03-25-2012 11:55 PM 12488 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Site Preparation and Building the Floor Part 4 of Building My Kids' Playhouse series Part 5: Framed the Roof »

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



2 comments so far

View Mark Shymanski's profile

Mark Shymanski

5314 posts in 3174 days


#1 posted 03-26-2012 02:34 AM

A nice looking structure.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

View fernandoindia's profile

fernandoindia

1081 posts in 2405 days


#2 posted 03-26-2012 02:44 AM

Looking forward for the next weekend.

-- Back home. Fernando

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com