|Project by BethMartin||posted 02-25-2009 08:23 AM||9092 views||9 times favorited||18 comments|
I’m new here, and I thought I’d show off a couple of projects, so I don’t look like a total noob with all the stupid questions that I will probably ask about an upcoming built-ins project. :)
I built this playset for my kids in 2006 from scratch. This is probably one of the most satisfying things I’ve made. (And the biggest). I lurked in the fancy playset stores and saw how they put them together and then made my own version. My husband helped with the heavy lifting, but most of the fabrication was my doing, which I accomplished in between taking care of the kids on sunny days.
Not sure if link are allowed, but there are more pics on a thread I have at craftster:
I made the playhouse part of it an homage to our first house which was painted this color. The swings and ladder hardware and accessories were from byoswingset.com. The slide and swing arm braces were from one of the big hardware stores. The lumber is from Dunn lumber – a local lumber store here. I HIGHLY recommend getting your lumber from your local lumber yard rather than Home Depot, Lowe’s etc. The lumber yard will be cheaper, delivery will likely be free (or cheap), and you just drive through and they load up your car. It’s awesome.
Power tools I used: Drill, circular saw, power sander, jig saw, miter saw.
In addition to lumber you need: about 100 3/8×3” galvanized lag bolts + washers, 5-6 lbs of decking screws (2” I think), various strongtie braces.
I put a shingled roof on, but if I had to do it over, I would just make a simple roof using cedar siding.
The area was first cleared and leveled, then we put down a layer of weedblocker fabric. Built the structure, and then made an enclosure for the woodchips out of 2×8 treated lumber. I think there’s something like 6-8 sq yards of wood play chips in there.
I labeled a bunch of pictures with the dimensions of the lumber that was used (see my thread on craftster for more). Some of the lengths might be approximate. But basically, the structure is based on the 4 4×4x10’ support posts. The deck is 5’ off the ground. The 2×6x5’ horizontal supports do most of the work holding it all together.
It is all held together with 3/8×3” galvanized lag bolts. I would first make a recess for the bolt head +washer with a 1” forstner bit on the drill, then pre-drill a hole for the lag bolt. There was a lot of cranking bolts on in this project!
I’d be happy to answer any questions – it was a few years ago, so hopefully I can remember enough to answer them! :)