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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 03-02-2011 11:27 PM 933 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2011 11:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: log joining

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’m not quite sure how to attach (joining wise) the frame of a roof to the walls (I’ll put interlocking boards as the actual roof)
- Not quite sure how to do the floor framing either (I’ll probably use something similar to what I put on the roof as flooring)
- Not sure how to secure the posts that are going to hold up the house up in the air onto the floor’s frame

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.

Cheers all!



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#1 posted 03-03-2011 05:07 PM
This site has info on joint names.
I am sending sketch of what we made for our grandkids 3 years ago.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 08:33 PM

Thanks canadianchips! I’ll be sure to check these out a little later!



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