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Project by darryl posted 01-08-2011 04:00 PM 2277 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughters and my wife wanted me to build a playhouse this past summer. My wife wanted something big enough so as our girls grew they could continue to use it. So we ended up with this 8’x12’ playhouse!

I’ve never built anything like this. I have a brother-in-law who is a general contractor, so i’ve seen houses built and kind of had an idea of what to do. When it came time to frame the roof, I did take a few days to do some research on the internet to find out how it should be done. My friend Jeremy installed some outlets and a lighted ceiling fan for me.

There are still a few things that need to be finished up. I have to complete the soffits and I want to put some siding on as well… but both of those will be tackled this coming summer.

This playhouse didn’t get done without a couple of mis-haps though. I had a nail pop out the back side of a 2×4 I was putting in place and pierce the ring finger on my left hand. My wife insisted on a trip to the ER to try and get my finger to stop bleeding. A week later, as I was loading a 3/4” 4×8 sheet of OSB into the car, I bent back the fingers on my left hand and snapped the bone in that same finger!

But through it all, it has all come together and I’m quite pleased with the results. Most importantly, my girls love it! The day the storm windows and door were installed the three of them had a little sleep over out there.

oh, and the guy in the Red Sox shirt in picture six is me. The other guy is my long time friend Jeremy.

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 04:10 PM

No pain no gain.. ;) Nice playhouse- the kids will LOVE it! I bet some people in Louisiana would love it too! LOL When the kids are done with it you can use it as a lumber shed!

-- 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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Chris Davis

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 04:33 PM

Great job! It’s good to see that I’m not the only one that hurts themself woodworking.

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 05:05 PM

See, thats why I don’t build big things like that, too many injuries!! Just kidding, great playhouse!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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John Stegall

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 05:05 PM

Good job on the playhouse. Construction work is dangerous, and your friend makes me really nervous with the way he is holding that nail gun while it is still plugged in.
I am glad your injuries were not too bad. We diyers all have had our trips to the ER. Guys over at FHB post stories ever now and then about sewing up their own skin. I’ll pay for someone else to do that thank you!

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 06:36 PM

The playhouse has almost as many pieces as one of your bottle stoppers, Darryl ;^)

Nice job! sorry to read about the finger, however.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 07:03 PM

Hi Daryl,

Great playhouse. You may be up for Dad of the Year! I just built a 12 X 12 shed so as rivergirl suggests, you have yourself a nice place for lumber or other storage once the young ‘uns grow up. Of course you might want to keep it for grandchildren but that’s getting a bit ahead of ourselves isn’t it? I hope your finger is healing well. If Jeremy was working that day, he needs to re-think foot safety or HE might end up in the ER! I actually bought a pair of steel-toed work boots (more like a shoe) for big projects like this. Glad I did, more than once, something landed on my feet.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 07:14 PM

When they grow up, you have a storage shed! Nice job.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 07:34 PM

looks like a great place!!! I was expecting millions of little pieces though—-but its not a segmented playhouse!

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 08:08 PM

Nice Job Daryll!!
What are you planning on for siding??

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 09:02 PM

Looks like you’re ready to build a house now. It’s just a bigger box! ;-)
Good job Darryl.

-- Gary, Florida

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#11 posted 01-08-2011 10:27 PM

It’s even bigger than my workshop which I callL Lathe House.
They would not let you use it for your own work in any time, they will keep it for their children in near future.
It is not playhouse, it is play mansion. Sure they will enjoy it.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#12 posted 01-09-2011 04:19 AM

I think the storage shed was always in the back of his mind. You are so good to get your wife to believe she came up with this. Cudo’s to you and nice play house

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 02:40 PM

Thanks everyone, it was actually a lot of fun to build and see it come together. There were a few days were while I was workign away my six year old would be explaining to me how they were going to set everything up inside when it was done.

I’d like to use cedar shingles for the siding. oh, and the inspiration for this project started right here on Lumberjocks. I showed my wife this project and she took off from there!

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 04:27 PM

Well done Darryl.

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#15 posted 01-13-2011 05:20 PM

Vey well done I guess you could say that you truly put your blood,sweat and tears into this project and being a father myself I know there is nothing we wouldn’t do for our children and Hey when they wanna move out there you go a place of there own lol.


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