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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
13: Instructions step 2 - 4  you are on this page
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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assemble play fort rear frame Step 2. Making the rear wall

Make the rear 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.

Nail the wall cladding boards to the two rails.

Have the bottom of the boards flush (even) with the bottom of the middle rail.

The top of the boards will go above the top rail.

Ensure that the frame members are parallel and square.

playfort floor Step 3. Making the floor

Make the floor up on flat ground, to the dimensions as shown in the 'floor plan' on page 10.

Use the off-cuts from the floorboards to make the trapdoor

Step 4. Standing the front and rear walls

play fort front and rear frame standing Stand the front and rear walls upright.

You will need help or temporary braces and/or props to hold each end wall vertical until such time as you bolt the side rails in place.

At this stage, only the middle and lower side rails can be fixed in place until such time as the floor has been installed.
More about that in the next step.