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  1. Hi,
    Just a query re the childs play fort. I am in the process of building it now, having purchased plans over the weekend.
    I notice that the 4×4 beam across the top is only supported by the two roof apex, a3/4 and b3/4 with additional support provided by the plywood.
    Just found myself concerned that the structure may not be strong enough to support the beam plus weight of children and was looking for some reassurance.
    Has anyone suggested any additional supports for the roof beam, or had any similar concerns?
    Many Thanks. Steve

    Reply from BuildEazy:
    Hi Steve
    Thank you for your query and concern.
    I have had the play fort project online for over ten years. A lot of plans have been sold and many forts have been made. I even made three or four myself back then. Over that time I have not received a report of any incident.
    Cross piece (a4) is bolted to both A-frame members (a4). The front frame is further strengthened by 3/4″ plywood bolted to the above members. The beam sits on top of cross piece (a4). The structure should be more than adequate to support the beam and a child.
    Regardless, precautions should be taken. Ensure that the beam is clear (free of any knots).
    The fort should be treated as a playground – with rules and supervision.
    Regards, Les Kenny

  2. Hello, I downloaded your plans a couple of months ago and finally finished the project after a few weekends of work.
    I used 2×4’s instead of 2×3’s (lumber yard didn’t have 2×3….maybe a US standard), added a lower floor, added supports for the cheap slide, used cedar for top floor and added some slope to the ladder to make it a little easier for my 4yr old.
    Your plans were great – very thorough and easy to follow. Thanks for putting the extra effort into adding the English units, adding detailed drawings and materials lists. My daughter already loves it.
    Paul

  3. Hello from Hungary (Budapest),
    Dear Buildeazy thank you so much for the plans.
    As you can see I made some slight modifications and it needs some painting, but the snow came early so I couldn’t finish the paint job.
    The kids love it.
    Warm regards, F.S.

  4. Hello from Pennsylvania,

    I just completed the Kid’s Play Fort.
    The design was exactly what I wanted.
    The plans were simple and accurate.

    I’m the lady with the jigsaw and my friend has the drill.

    My grandson loves his new fort.
    If granny and her friend can build it, no one should have any problems.

    I did change the roof; used plywood and painted it blue with puffy clouds.
    Thank you.

    Carol Deaver Langhorne, PA

  5. Hello,
    I purchased the kids fort design and built a slightly modified fort last summer. I thought you would be interested in seeing the finished project. I found the plans easy to follow and very helpful.
    Kindest Regards, Doug Hubble Ontario, Canada

  6. I purchased the Play Fort plans last year and finally completed the Play Fort. My son, who is 9 years old, loves it. I wanted to include a picture of the finished product. Thank you so much for the plans!
    Jim Beers Hellertown, PA

  7. Hi,
    I went about building the play fort a bit backwards, we were gifted a slide by a friend who was moving. The slide languished in the side yard for a few months when I finally decided to build something so that my kids could use it.
    I bought your plans a bit over a week ago and have spent the last week building the kid’s play fort. I’m a novice and found your plans to be perfectly suited for a beginner.
    I made a few alterations, I left out the climbing wall (my kids are 2 and 4, I didn’t thing they’d enjoy this yet), extended the shorter wall to make the fort a square (this required a re-do of the floor plan as well, for which I received some much needed advice from a friend in construction), went with some cheap plywood for the roof, and made stairs rather than the ladder (which makes it easier for my 2-year-old to get up). All-in-all I’d say it turned out pretty great and the kids love it.
    Thanks!
    Mark Sheen (Phoenix, AZ)

  8. Many thanks.
    Just wanted to let you know the fort has been built and played with for over a year now, with one or two amendments to the plans:
    • Slide and ladder at the front with a small climbing wall up to the trapdoor
    • Swing beam added on one side to allow a pulley connected to the front as well.
    • With the exception of the roof, 4×2 used in place of 3×2.
    But all concerns re structure and strength have been put to rest with four adults having picnics on the fort.
    Thanks again
    Steve Layzell

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