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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  you are on this page
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
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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Required wood and alternative sizes

play fort being constructed

There are five different lumber sizes used in this project. They are:

90mm x 90mm (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") for the beam and the four corner uprights,

90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") for the ladder upright,

70mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 2 1/2") for the frame,

45mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") for the ladder rungs,

and 150mm x 25mm (1" x 6") for the roof, walls, and floor

There is also 1 sheet of exterior 18mm x 2400 x 1200mm (48" x 96" x 3/4") plywood required.

All the lumber used in this project is surfaced (dressed, planed) except for the 150mm x 25mm (1" x 6"), which is rough.

Alternatives sizes

If 70mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 2 1/2") is unavailable in your area, you can rip 140mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 5 1/2") stock in half.
Or alternatively you can use 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") stock

If 45mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") is unavailable in your area, you can rip 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") stock in half.

If 150mm x 25mm (1" x 6") is unavailable in your area, then use the closest size that is available, maybe even decking boards.

If other size lumber is used, or if unsurfaced (rough) frame lumber is used, you will need to make some adjustments to the measurement of the plans to compensate for the size difference.

In all, you will need the following amounts of wood...

Measurements are given in millimeters and (inches). All stock should be suitable for outside use.

bullet 90mm x 90mm (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") surfaced/dressed stock,   5 @ 2400mm (96")
bullet 70mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 2 1/2") surfaced/dressed stock,   40 meters (132 ft)
bullet 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") surfaced/dressed stock,   1 @ 2000mm (80")
bullet 45mm x 45mm (1 1/2x 1 1/2) surfaced/dressed stock,   6 meters (20ft)
bullet 150mm x 25mm (1" x 6") rough unsurfaced stock,   95 meters (310ft)
bullet 1 only sheet 18mm x 2400mm x 1200mm ( 4ft x 8ft x 3/4") exterior plywood