|Forum topic by dpoisson||posted 03-02-2011 11:27 PM||819 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
03-02-2011 11:27 PM
Howdy folks, I’m going to be building a play module for my kids this summer and I’m contemplating building it “a la log cabin” style with 4×4 lumber…I’ve starting looking at the types of joining one would have to use and I’m coming up a bit empty handed from my googling around.
I’m thinking of a little 4’x4’ house elevated above ground so a sandbox can be located below it. On 1 side, I’d have a way to climb up and on the other I’d have a slide. It would also have 1 beam that would extend from the house and be supported by an a-frame of sorts. On that beam, I could install 2 swings.
I like the look of dovetail (half?) corner joints for the house, however, there’s a couple of things I’m not sure about:
I’ve build my own shed (with loads of help from my father in law) and I could use those techniques…but I figured it would be awesome to give another spin to the play module thing ;-)
If someone has a couple of links to sites that talk about the types of joinery used for these or if someone could tell me the names of the joints that would be used, I could look them up.
Another thing to consider, we live right next to a field, so it’s extremely windy at times. Just last year, my neighbor’s play module (from costco) flipped over during a storm. So it needs to be pretty solid and well anchored.