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
Instructions steps 5 to 8
Step 5. Fixing the lower side rails
A metal rod that has a head on one end and threads on the other and is used to fasten together lumber. The most common bolts used or referred to in projects within this website are coach/carriage bolts and hex bolts. the middle and bottom side rails in place. See the picture on the right.
Do not fit the top side rails until such time as the floor has been installed.
Step 6. Fitting the floor
The floor will (or should) sit neatly on the rails and will not need further fixing.
It is simply a matter of picking up the floor and dropping it in.
Step 7. Fixing the upper side-rails and the A supporting member.
The two top side-rails (1 each side) can now be bolted in place.
Make sure all the Parallel to the horizon, flat, level. frame members (rails) are level and all the Plumb, upright. members (corner uprights) are Vertical; Upright. (upright) and that the structure is square, and then…… add (A short nail with a large flat head used for securing roofing felt, plasterboard, sheet metal to wood etc. on) all the diagonal braces except for the one at the corner where the ladder goes (this To make rigid. is in the way of a bolt hole and can be added when the ladder is in place).
Each brace is fixed to the underside of a A middle horizontal support piece of wood. and a corner upright.
The beam. To secure with nails or screws. the beam in place ensuring the font and rear walls are Being of equal distance from each other at all points.. The beam can be fixed to the collar ties each end with nails, and then further secured with metal Covered with a protective coating of zinc. strap nailed to both the beam and the collar ties.
Step 8. Starting the roof, fitting the middle rafters
Fix the Boards used to cover the roof. to ONE SIDE OF THE PLAY FORT ONLY, then make up the middle rafters which are two pieces of 70mm x 45mm x 1200mm (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 48″) bolted together at right angles.
Next slide the middle rafters over the beam and under the roof boards. Clamp the middle Structural member of a roof that supports the roof load and runs from the ridge to the top of the side walls. to the bottom roof A piece of sawn, or dressed lumber of greater width than thickness. Usually 19mm (3/4") to 38mm (1 1/2") thick and 75mm (3") or more wide. to hold it steady while nailing.
See roof board fixing detail in the next step (step 9.).