A Tree houses Iconic Legacy

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Project by JR_Dog posted 02-06-2012 05:42 AM 1539 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the tree house I built for my boys a few years back. It represents my first house and first round of woodworking tools which wasn’t that much… Compound Miter Saw, Jig Saw, Sander and a few hand tools. And since this was built my boys have grown and I’ve been through a divorce and lost my boys and only saw them during breaks and summer, moved from Vermont to Florida (Where they had moved with their Mom) and then recently fought for their custody and won. To me this tree house represents my first attempt at being a good Dad to my two sons and now that I have them back and have also remarried to a wonderful woman with an equally wonderful daughter I have all three of my kids that I get to teach how to work with their hands and stay away from video games and TV… Since all the turmoil they no longer have their tree house but I’ll still bring up the pictures from time to time when they’re around and see that childhood smile behind all the “coolness” and “toughness” which makes it all worth while. We’ve all started talking about planning another now that we’ve landed on our feet. *Although I have to make the roof a little higher since they’re 13, 14 and 16 now…growing like weeds. Oh well we’ll see maybe it’ll have to wait for 10 or so years for some grand kids… Did I just say that? Wow..

Thank you all for sharing your projects and stories and LJ for providing me a place to do the same.

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 05:54 AM

Looks really good, I bet it was a lot of fun for them when they were young. Building a new one would be great now that they could do help in the construction and maybe get the satisfaction as we all do when a project like this one has been completed.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 06:02 AM

What a great project , something to get the kids interested in for sure,nice job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 07:00 AM

Glad to see you landed on your feet and are “Standing Tall”!!!

Out of curiousity, where in Vermont did you live. I’m in Colchester.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 01:45 PM

Wonderful to hear that peace has come to the family and that you feel a love for life and see the perspective of the future.
Yes sometimes we get thrown arround in that thing called life, but the love for our kids have a beautiful way of keeping us on our feet.

Beautiful treehouse, full of love, full of imagination.

This is a house I build for my daughter ten years ago before I left her mother, it is also today a memory of love in her heart.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 02:18 PM

I love that tree house. Way to go Dad. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 02-06-2012 04:01 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback.

Randy the tree house was build in Shelburne VT, about 3/4’s of the way up Juniper Ridge off from Shelburne Rd aka Route 7. I know it’s still there because I drive by from time to time to remind the boys where we used to live. I reside in Fairfax/Fletcher area now.. not too far from Colchester.

Great to know a neighbor is out there building as well.


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#7 posted 02-06-2012 05:32 PM

great story to get me going first thing in the mornin. Good job Dad!

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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