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Project by Culprit posted 336 days ago 1237 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the treehouse I designed and built for my kids. It spans two Poplar trees in our backyard and is held up in the trees with 4 bolts – 2 in each tree. Aside from getting to see one of the happy clients, this video shows the construction details, gives dimensions, types of joints, and method of attachment to the trees.

http://youtu.be/ymPIUMsps54

The treehouse is 3 years old now and is still in perfect condition with no maintenance at all (other than visual inspection). The video shows how much gap I left in the decking around the trees. That gap has been used up. I will need to trim the deck boards back some before spring. Also, the standoff distance shown in the last picture above has been used up by the tree growing. I mentioned in the video that when that happens I planned to back the bolts off a turn or so each year, but I’m not going to do that just yet. I’m going to give it another year or two and see what happens. So far it’s strong and steady and the trees are healthy so I’m going to leave well enough alone and just keep watching it.

Thanks for looking and let me know if you have any questions.





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westok

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#1 posted 336 days ago

Great project!. I have a grandson that would LOVE one of these! Thanks for sharing.

-- Mark K, Birmingham, AL, "The rusted bolt will not move until you utter the "magic word", unfotunately, children are usually present."

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PopsHuckster

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#2 posted 336 days ago

OK…somebody’s been watching too many episodes of Treehouse Master! Nice job.

-- Pop

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PopsHuckster

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#3 posted 336 days ago

As the circumference of the tree grows what is going to keep the deck joists from starting to bend since they don’t seem to float on the triangles? Are the joists notched or do they slide in slots on the triangular supports?

-- Pop

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 336 days ago

That is really special. The kids have to love it. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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hoss12992

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#5 posted 335 days ago

Great job. Love the design of it

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NormG

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#6 posted 335 days ago

Now, that is a tree house if I ever saw one, great job, I know they really have made use of it

-- Norman

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Mike

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#7 posted 335 days ago

Treehouse masters got nothing on you! Nice work!! I bet the kids love it!!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 335 days ago

Pretty cool. ANY kid would love to have that in their yard.
How long are those bolts?

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 335 days ago

Very cool. How fun…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Culprit

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#10 posted 335 days ago

Thanks for the comments. The joists are notched on one triangle but not on the other to allow movement when the two trees sway in a big storm – the video shows it more clearly.

As for what to do when the tree circumference grows, I show some of that in the video with the bushings I used. But when the circumference gets so big it is pushing the joists apart, well, it’s a treehouse, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. I gave it as much room as I could and still support the decking span. It’s been 3 years and so far, so good.

The bolts are 1 inch diameter, and 12 inches long. I counter-bored the holes in the trees appropriately for the lag bolts.

Thanks again for the comments and questions!

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 335 days ago

Wow. Next thing you build a roof for it and start living in the tree…

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Fishinbo

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#12 posted 332 days ago

Super cool tree house! Great design and build. Kids will get loads of fun and great memories playing in it. Great job!

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Culprit

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#13 posted 331 days ago

Thank you, Fishinbo. Yes, the kids are loving it!

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