Tree House

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Project by Don Johnson posted 10-20-2010 11:22 PM 2355 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago now, my son asked if I could construct a tree house for his twin sons, but without damaging the tree! So I built it round the tree, so that it passes through the verandah. I did use one screwbolt to anchor the floor frame to the tree in one place for rigidity, after assuring my son that the tree would not be harmed.

My son got roped in to do some of the manual stuff – like digging the post holes and putting bitumen on the legs.

The last picture shows the inauguration ceremony – you may just be able to make out the twins dining on the treehouse verandah, but my wife, Avril, got cut off on the right.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 11:26 PM

I love the idea of a tree house that doesn’t kill the tree. Every kid needs a treehouse!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 11:50 PM

Good looking tree house. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 01:32 AM

My son would love that! I’d build him one too, but the only tree available is a white birch and its trunk has about a 4” radius. Might look a little weird :-)

Great job!

-- Family, Friends, Jiu Jitsu, Woodworking. Order varies daily!

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 03:32 AM

Looks great Don, it looks a lot better than the fort I built for my eldest son twenty years ago, we wound up naming it Fort Fiasco. I’ll bet the grandkids have a blast with it!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 01:45 PM

Great job Don. I have one of these planned for next summer.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 03:58 PM

I bet the kids love their new hideaway. A place to get away from the crazy parents. Very nice work.


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#7 posted 10-21-2010 04:09 PM

Great job, I love projects for kids. They are the best clients. Too bad they don’t have any cash though…LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 02:27 PM

I had one but is was no where near this nice. You are a good g-paw!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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