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Kid's Play Fort Project

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How to build a Kid's Play Fort

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Page Contents
1: Introduction and about the wood sizes
2: Required wood and alternative sizes
3: Cutting list and hardware requirements
4: Plan - Footprint (looking down view)
5: Plan - Front and rear wall-frame
6: Plan - Front elevation (looking to the front)
7: Plan - Rear elevation (looking to the rear)
8: Plan - Left side elevation (left side view)
9: Plan - Right side elevation (right side view)
10: Plan - Floor (floor plan and detail)

11: Step-by-step images (pictorial summary)
12: Instructions step 1  you are on this page
13: Instructions step 2 - 4
14: Instructions step 5 - 8
15: Instructions step 9 - 11
16: Instructions step 12 - 13 and safety note
17: Photos - other peoples handiwork
18: User Photos/Comments
Appendage: Counterbalance for the trapdoor
Appendage: Guide to adding a slide

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Let's begin!

Familiarize yourself with the plans and refer to them as need be. The 'step-by-step' pictures on page 11 give a quick pictorial walk through the construction process.

Step 1. Making the front wall play fort front wall frame

Make the front frame up on a flat surface.

Refer to the 'frame plan' on page 5 for all dimensions.

Pack the frame up off the ground (on blocks) so that your hand will be able to fit underneath the frame to put washers and nuts on the bolts, once they are in.

Hold all the framing pieces together with clamps, and then drill and bolt at every crossing. Refer to the wall frame plan on page 5 for hole placement.

The two roof rafters can be further secured to each other by placing a piece of galvanized strap over the apex and nailing it to the top of both rafters.

Next, add the climbing wall. play fort climbing wall Lay (centralize) the uncut plywood sheet on the frame. The top of the sheet should be flush (even, line up) with the top of the collar tie. It is easier to cut the openings etc. after the plywood sheet has been fixed to the frame.

First screw the sheet to the rails and rafters with 50mm screws approx 200mm apart (as shown in photo). Then drill and bolt the perimeter of the sheet to the rails and rafters, approx 50mm (2") in from the edge of the sheet (as marked with the x in the photo)

Mark and cut the sheet. Cut off the top corners of the sheet flush with the rafters. Use the front elevation plan on page 6 for reference when cutting out the door and climbing holes. The placement of the climbing holes (approx 120mm (5") diameter) and the door shape, angle and size - approximately 750m x 500mm (30" x 20") can be of your own choice. It is a good idea to make the door on an angle (about 7 degrees). Gravity will ensure the door will then always swing open, rather than swing shut and therefore avoid the possibility of jamming little fingers.

Save the piece cut out of the door hole, as this will become the door.

Ensure that the frame members are parallel and square.