Table of Contents
- 1Build a playhouse by Les Kenny
- 2Identifying the members
- 3Lumber and materials information
- 4Shopping and Cutting lists
- 5Plans - Footprint and front elevation
- 6Plans - Rear and Side Elevation
- 7Plans - Roof, cuts and angles
- 8Making a wood floor
- 9Making a concrete floor
- 10Making the playhouse wall frames
- 11Making the playhouse roof frame
- 12Putting on the playhouse roof cover
- 13Putting on the playhouse wall cover
- 14Making the door
- 15Making the playhouse door frame
- 16Installing the playhouse door
- 17How to make a playhouse window
- 18Making the window sash
- 19Installing the playhouse window
- 20Playhouse Gable and Soffit
- 21Inside finishing
Installing the playhouse door
Step 1. Assemble
Lay the door frame on a flat surface and then sit the door into the door frame rebate.
Make sure that the gap between the door and door frame is even all the way around.
Screw two hinges to the door and the door frame: one at the top and one at the bottom.
Use either butt hinges or T-hinges.
With the door still laying on a flat surface fix 75mm x 25mm (1×3) trim to the perimeter of the door frame.
Step 2. Install
Place the completed door and frame into the door hole (rough opening) in the wall. Ensure that the door is level and plumb and that the gap between the door and frame is even all the way around. Then fix it in place by nailing through the trim into the wall.
From inside the room, nail the door frame side jambs to the wall rough opening frame.
Because the rough opening will be (or should be) slightly bigger than the door frame, packing pieces will need to be placed between the jamb and the wall frame where nailing occurs.
Usually the door frame is of an exact width so that the inside of the window frame will be flush with the inside of the wall allowing for a molding, architrave or casing to go neatly around the frame.
in this case the door frame is wider than the wall and therefore projects in to the room.
Finish by fixing a 25mm x 25mm (1×1) square bead (piece of wood) around the perimeter of the door frame to the wall.
Fit hardware of choice: in this case we’ve used D handles and a roller catch so the door can always be easily pushed open
Safety tip: Prevent jammed fingers
How to help prevent little fingers from being jammed by a door
This particular door is likely to be more of a risk to little fingers than a normal house door because it is a lot narrower than a normal door making it easier for a child to reach the hinge side of the door, and also because the door is a playhouse door, it is always going to be surrounded by kids. Big kids should not be of concern, it is more for the little kids, crawlers and toddlers that may need a bit of “finger protection”.
How to help prevent fingers from being jammed in a door.
1). The most likely hazard area
The most likely area of a door to be of concern to a small child’s fingers is the hinge side of the door.
That is because only a little bit of force is needed to push the door shut but at the same time the hinge edge of the door closing in to the door jamb is of a far greater force. It is all to do with leverages, and even a moderate wind strong enough to move a door may cause injury to the unsuspecting toddler’s fingers that might be between the door hinge and jamb.
Possible solution? Cover the area of concern.
2.) Cover the area
2a.) Open the door wide out as far as it will go.
In this case we have put a post in the ground to stop the door from opening much more than at right angles (90 degrees) to the door way.
2b.) Cut a panel to cover the hinged edge of the door and the rebate in the adjacent jamb.
The panel can be a rigid plastic type material or wood about 4mm (3/16″) thick. The panel must be durable.
Make the panel wide enough to cover (run slightly past) the edge of the door and also to cover most of the jamb. You will be able to get a perspective by looking at the photos.
Make the panel high enough to sit between the door frame head and sill
2c.) Fix three hinges to the panel, one at the top, one at the bottom and one in the middle.
Use bolts and nuts to secure the hinges to the panel (will require drilling bolt holes in the panel) as the panel is not thick enough to support screws.
Hold the panel in place and screw the free sides of the hinges to the jamb.
3.) Attach flexible wire
Use stretch curtain wire or similar to hold the panel against the door when the door is open. Stretch curtain wire can be obtained from just about any drapery store and eyes (screws with circular heads) can easily be screwed into the ends of the stretch curtain wire.
Cut three pieces at a length to hold the panel tight to the door when the door is opened and also long enough so as not to be in the way of the panel when the door is shut.
Screw the three pieces of stretch curtain wire in place as shown in the photos. There will be one piece at the top, one at the bottom and one in the middle.
Screw through the eyes of the screws in the curtain wire into the door and jamb.
Depending on the size of the screw head, washers may be required.
When the door shuts, the panel hinges will allow the panel to move with the door.
When the door is in the closed position, the stretch curtain wire will sag.
When the door opens, The stretch curtain wire will pull taut thus guiding the panel around and against the door.