Table of Contents
- 1Introduction and about the wood sizes
- 2Required wood and alternative sizes
- 3Cutting list and hardware requirements
- 4Footprint Plan
- 5Front and rear wall-frame plans
- 6Front elevation plan
- 7Rear elevation plan
- 8Left-side elevation plan
- 9Right-side elevation plan
- 10Floor plan
- 11A pictorial walk through the building process
- 12Let's begin! Instructions step 1
- 13Instructions steps 2 to 4
- 14Instructions steps 5 to 8
- 15Instructions steps 9 to 11
- 16Instructions steps 12 to 13
- 17Counterbalance for the trapdoor
- 18Guide to adding a slide
Introduction and about the wood sizes
How to build a Kid’s Play Fort – A fort that will provide hours of fun for kids young and old!
This detailed plan-set with step-by-step instructions is in both metric (mm) and imperial (inch) dimensions.
The design includes a trap door entry, a climbing wall, a swing, and there is also a slide installation guide.
The complete frame is fixed together with bolts, so as well as being very strong, the fort can also be dismantled.
The footprint (ground area) is Approx 1800mm x 1800mm (6′ x 6′), and the overall height is 3200mm (10′ 8″).
Floor area is 1500mm x 1600mm (5′ x 5′ 4″), and the floor height is 1300mm (4′ 4″).
About the wood 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 encased in brackets.
Frame lumber sizes (widths and thicknesses) referred to in this project are the approximate actual sizes, that is, the size of the lumber once it has been surfaced (dressed, planed). The actual size is smaller than the nominal size.
For example, if you pop along to the local lumber store and ask for a length of 100mm x 50mm (2″ x 4″) lumber that has been surfaced/dressed on all sides (S4S), the actual finished size will be approximately 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″).
The table below shows the approximate differences between the nominal and actual sizes of framing lumber. Alternative sizes are mentioned on the next page.