The Fort

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Project by RedBarnWoodwkr posted 06-22-2011 05:12 PM 2897 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I decided that this was the year for my kids to have their fort built and finished when school got out. Well that plan was shot to heck with all the rain and late snow, but as soon as school got out it dried up. The four post are from the poles that were in our yard before we buried our power lines. I took the two poles and cut them in half to make four 15’ poles. I then buried them 4 feet in the gorund (Minnesota winters) and then framed it with two by tens on the outside (it is 12’ by 12’) the joist are all two by eihgts. The fort itself is eight feet by ten feet the frame is all from old barns in the area that were gong to be tore down ( hence my email name of woodhunter) I then put 1/4 inch sheathing on the outside of the whole thing so that when I used the old siding from a shed down the road I didn’t have to worry about where the old nail holes were. The roof of the fort is from an old pole barn, so when I put the rafters up I had to make sure that the purlins lined up with the original holes to prevent leaks. Even the old screen door is salvaged from the old shed. I put up a bunk that runs along two walls so that my kids can all sleep in it. My kids have been having a blast in it sleeping out there most nights. For Father’s day my 10 year old son made me a miter saw bench that we can leave out there. I had a blast helping him cut the sood and assemble it and never had a clue as to what it was he was making until it was done and he told me.

-- Most people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem...Ronald Reagan

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 05:12 PM

I’d love to see the inside.

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 05:19 PM

I want one!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 05:25 PM

If my wife ever banishes me to the dog house for any length of time at all I’m going to want to get the plans for that. We have lots of trees and I take pictures of birds occasionally. It will also make me a nice blind for bird photography.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 06:08 PM

Don’t show my son! Nice job in both the build and the reuse of wood.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 06:38 PM

That’s a great looking fort. Nice work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 06:47 PM

To see the inside, you need to know the password.

Nice job.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 08:28 PM

That’s cool. I second the vote for pics of the inside.

My kids would love this.

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

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#8 posted 06-22-2011 08:36 PM

I’m not quite done with the inside but I will take pictures when I am.

-- Most people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem...Ronald Reagan

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 09:47 PM

That is so very cool! Lucky kids you have!
I think it is great how you salvaged so much and used it for something that your children will cherish for years to come.
Great job on it, great present your son gave to you…you are a lucky man also!
I too.. would like to see the inside.
Thanks for sharing a wonderful project.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 06-22-2011 09:50 PM

I know your sons would vote you “The World’s Coolest Dad”! Great Job! They’ll remember this their entire life.

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

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#11 posted 06-23-2011 12:25 AM

That is great that you used all salvaged material i feel that is good to show your kids.They will remember this forever


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#12 posted 06-23-2011 12:30 PM

Very cool bet your the coolest dad in your area! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 06-23-2011 01:07 PM

Looks great! I don’t know that I would call it a fort but, as a writer, it would make a perfect retreat! Fantastic reuse and recycle. Pics of the inside?

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#14 posted 06-23-2011 04:26 PM

Wonderful idea and great construction, to the kids let you relax in the hammock on sunny days? I am
sure the memories of this fort will be many and shared for a long time. Thank you for sharilng this.
Helluvawreck, my wife no longer banishes me to the dog house, she knows I will just go out and play
in the woodworkshop until I forget that she is perturbed, sometimes a bad memory is a blessing. Welcome
to Lumberjocks, and I am glad to see that you have some your junior apprentice program in full swing.
My youngest son just got released from Uncle Sam’s misguided children after a tour in Iraq, Al Asad and
one in Afghanistan, Kandahar and is now playing with forest fires in northern California. Semper Fi, and
thank you for your service to our country.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 06-24-2011 06:37 PM

If we would have had one as a kid, I would have moved in. Lucky kids. Good job.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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