|Project by SWM||posted 01-20-2012 06:04 AM||1885 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
It’s been a really long time since my last project post. My shop improvement project has taken up most of the year.This is a playhouse that I just completed for my daughter. It’s not the finest woodworking that I have aspired too, but it has definately brought about the most smiles!.
I started digging the concrete forms back in October, framing in mid-November, and put the last nail in the siding on New Year’s Eve. Like most busy father’s I should have built this about two years ago. I’m hoping she gets a few good year’s of enjoyment before she outgrows it. I started with a plan from “shop plans” that a few other LJ’s have built. My wife and I decided that we didn’t like the height of the lofted house nor the idea of neighborhood cats in the sandbox. I rotated the house 90 degrees CCW and changed the beam attachment point to maintain the overal 7’ height of the swing beam.
Construction is pretty basic framing stuff. Siding is rough-cut cypress from South GA that my father donated to the project as he had a bunch left over from his barn construction project of several years back. I decided to use the cedar shake singles just for the experience of having installed a few. I’m still shocked that any roofing job of mine sheds water, but so far so good. The front door was built from PT pine 2x stock, 1/2” plywood panel bottom, and 1/8” plexi-glass top. It would have been cheaper and quicker to buy a pre-fab door but I could not find a suitable 52 ” front door. Go figure? The door was my latest adventure into mortise/tenon joinery. I was pretty shocked that it actually glued up tight on virtually the first go round. Not kidding I’m pretty sure I saw a few Angels singing and what appeared to fireworks. Let’s hope this the result of my improving skills as a wood worker and not shear dumb luck. So far my daughter has loved her new house and the tire swing is now a daily ritual.
I still need to finish out the inside, but I’m going to wait until the weather warms up a bit. We also plan to paint/stain to match our house at some point this spring. I’ve got 10-1 that it ages to a graceful grey and never gets stained.. Any takers?
Thanks for looking. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!