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Lumber and materials information

The playhouse walls and roof are covered with a 240mm wide x 7.5mm thick (9 1/4" wide x 5/16" thick) cement fibreboard. Cement fibreboard lap siding is now very obtainable and its popularity is growing fast. It is easy to work with, very strong, resistant to fires, insects and rot, and looks good.

One company that manufactures cement fibreboards in many countries worldwide including North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia, is James Hardie. Go to their website http://www.jameshardie.com to find a stockist near you. There are also other companies that manufacture a similar product or alternatively, you can use lumber boards (clap board) in place of cement fibreboard.

Lumber sizes
The dimensions of the lumber used for this project are given in both metric and inches. All dimensions are first written in millimeters, followed by feet and/or inches in brackets.
The lumber used in this project is dressed (surfaced, smooth) lumber. Therefore the actual size (width and thickness) of the lumber is less than the nominal size. The nominal size is usually the size that you refer to when purchasing the lumber, but the actual size is different.

Nominal size Actual size
100x50 90x45
100x100 90x90
150x25 140x18
300x25 280x18
Nominal size Actual size
2x4 1 1/2x 3 1/2
4x4 3 1/2x 3 1/2
1x6 3/4x 5 1/2
1x12 3/4 x 11 1/4

Safe working practices
Cement fibreboard. Working with cement fibreboard, as with most unnatural products, can pose health risks. It is therefore advisable to obtain all necessary information about possible health hazards from the manufacturer of the product or from the outlet where the product is purchased. Sometimes information can also be obtained from the manufacturer's website.
Some common safe working practices include.....
bullet Work in outdoor areas with ample ventilation
bullet Minimize dust when cutting by using a 'score and snap' knife or guillotine-type shears
bullet Only use circular saw if attached to appropriate vacuum bag
bullet Wear a properly fitted approved dusk mask
bullet Refer to material safety data sheets from the product's manufacturer
Making concrete. Prolonged contact with fresh concrete will burn your skin. Wear safety goggles, gloves, rubber boots and long sleeves when working with concrete.

Helpful resources
How to mix concrete
How to make wall frames

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bullet Page 1:  Introduction and Contents
bullet Page 2:  Identifying the Members - Terminology
bullet Page 3:  Helpful Information
bullet Page 4:  Shopping List and Cutting List
bullet Page 5:  Plans - Footprint and Front Elevation
bullet Page 6:  Plans - Rear Elevation and Side Elevation
bullet Page 7:  Plans - The Roof, Cuts and Angles
bullet Page 8:  Floor - Option 1, Lumber
bullet Page 9:  Floor - Option 2, Concrete
bullet Page 10: Instructions - Wall Frames
bullet Page 11: Instructions - Roof Frame
bullet Page 12: Instructions - Roof Cover
bullet Page 13: Instructions - Wall Cover
bullet Page 14: Making the Door
bullet Page 15: Making the Door Frame
bullet Page 16: Installing the Door
bullet Page 17: Making the Window Frame
bullet Page 18: Making the Window Sash
bullet Page 19: Installing the Window
bullet Page 20: Instructions - Gable and Soffit
bullet Page 21: Instructions - Inside Finishing

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