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Project by gabriellus posted 06-16-2015 03:10 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my Mother’s day gift to my wife. Our kids are amazing, but I’ll say they played with the custom-built playset approximately NEVER, and it was time for the grownups to have a garden again. My 7-year old and I took the playset down screw by screw (boy, was this a reason to leave the “glue” part out of “glue and screw”) and saved all the wood.

I dug out the post holes and used Quickcrete to install the posts. I was able to salvage almost all of the wood from the playset in the garden rails and door. A coat of Deck Over on the framing (almost none of reused playset lumber was pressure-treated, can’t beat the cost though! :D), installed the door and latch, and up went the deer netting. A load of mulch later, and we were done on Mother’s Day.

I’ve had 4 trees taken out to get more sun, but unfortunately, late plantings (we were a month behind), a whitefly infestation, and record high temperatures (95+ every day? seriously?) have left this year’s early summer crop in a bit of shambles. We’re feeling hopeful that a late summer/fall planting/crop will put this all in the right.

And then there’s next year :D





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#1 posted 06-16-2015 04:31 PM

I understand what you mean by “approximately NEVER”. Many years ago I build a playhouse based on a New Yankee Workshop plan. The kids played in it “approximately NEVER” too. And so it sat, slowing rotting and decaying. Now, instead of tearing it down and recycling the lumber into other projects, it’s been decided that we (me) will restore it so that our grandkids can “approximately NEVER” play in it too.

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 04:53 PM



I understand what you mean by “approximately NEVER”. Many years ago I build a playhouse based on a New Yankee Workshop plan. The kids played in it “approximately NEVER” too. And so it sat, slowing rotting and decaying. Now, instead of tearing it down and recycling the lumber into other projects, it s been decided that we (me) will restore it so that our grandkids can “approximately NEVER” play in it too.

- Train_Wreck


For sure.

Full disclosure: I was happy to have an excuse to get shop time, buy new tools, and make some sawdust. But for one reason or another, it never really occurred to them to play in it or make it their own. Oh well. I gave them two years to come around, but dang it, I want tomatoes!

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#3 posted 06-17-2015 06:29 AM

What a wonderful gift . . . that is if your wife likes gardening. I hate it but my husband loves it. It certainly looks like it should keep most of the little critters out, along with the deer. Now get your kids interested in the garden and they’ll think it was their idea to dismantle the play set!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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