|Project by RedBarnWoodwkr||posted 06-22-2011 05:12 PM||2691 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
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.
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