|Project by Don Johnson||posted 03-28-2012 03:49 PM||1884 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
My younger grandchildren have complained that I included a project of their cousins’ Treehouse on LJs, but their Playhouse was missing – so this entry corrects that.
“Come and visit us for a few days”, said my daughter – who is married to John, an Irishman, and was then living in Celbridge, near Dublin.
“And perhaps whilst you’re here, you could build a playhouse for the boys, Michael and Patrick!”
“What about tools?” I enquired – not wanting to carry them on Ryanair!
“No problem!”, says Caroline, “We can borrow some from our neighbours.”
Picture 2 shows where the playhouse had to go, and the neighbours DID supply a few tools – and some of them worked! (For example, the chopsaw would not run consistently, but Con – the donor – suggested that as he had not got the correct replacement motor brushes, a whack with a hammer should get it going “foine!” )
The only other problem was rain! Every day, for the six days I worked, it rained at least twice, but usually four or five times – even when the day started with clear blue skies!
My wife, Avril, and Caroline, assisted by attaching the ship-lap to the frames – as shown in picture 4 – and they got quite a routine going!
The safety bars are slats which had supported the mattress on a redundand bed. John got sore knees nailing the roofing felt – I used the excuse that I’m too old to climb that far!
As in picture 1, windows glazed (with perspex), door latch attached, and table/bench fitted inside. Picture 6 shows Patrick and Michael trying out the interior for size – and they seemed quite pleased with their new play area!
Some time later, Caroline and John got around to applying some paint to the Playhouse.
Eight months ago, the family moved back to the UK, but despite the boys’ pleas, they were unable to bring the Playhouse with them!
-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk