Playhouse in Ireland

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Project by Don Johnson posted 03-28-2012 03:49 PM 2442 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 04:07 PM

Awesome Grandpa!!

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 04:07 PM

The boys look thrilled. Great job and story Don. Loved the part about the chop saw -typical.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 06:00 PM

I am in “grandpa training” building a dollhouse. I hope it turns out this nice.

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

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 06:33 PM

Nice going, Grandad. You gotta love it; it’s really nice.


-- 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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#5 posted 03-28-2012 08:05 PM

that cool i no thay will love it grate job

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 08:43 PM

Always fun to see these projects

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 12:27 AM

Looks like you have to go to the UK now grandpa and build another one now. And take it from a guy who was stationed in the UK the weather doesnt get any better there. But for those two boys it looks as though they are worth it to you. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 03:47 AM

Great playhouse, well they are back, time for another build

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 03:53 AM

very cool Don great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 03-29-2012 11:08 AM

Great JOB! Thank you for sharing.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#11 posted 03-31-2012 09:06 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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