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
How to make a playhouse window
Making the window frame
The window frame in this project is made out of 150×50 (2×6) dressed/surfaced lumber which is a common stock size. However, the actual size of the lumber when dressed finishes at approximately 140×45 (1 1/2″x 5 1/2″) and this may vary slightly from place to place so make necessary allowances.
Identifying the window parts
A window frame is the outermost sides of a window. It consists of head, sill and two side jambs forming a box or rectangle to which the sash (moving segment of the window) is attached.
The window parts are….
[a] Jambs: The side upright members of the window frame.
[b] Head: The top horizontal member of the window frame.
[c] Sill: The bottom horizontal member of the window frame.
[d] Stile: The vertical member, or side of a sash. A sash is the moving segment of the window.
[e] Top rail: The top horizontal member of a sash.
[f] Bottom rail: The bottom horizontal member of a sash.
[g] Trim: Finishing piece of wood around the outside of the window frame.
[h] Muntin bar or grille: Strip of wood glued to pane. In this case it is decorative only.
Some important measurements
Actual lumber sizes vary from place to place so use all dimensions as a guide only.
The important measurements are….
1.) The overall height and width of the window frame should be 10mm (3/8″) less than the overall height and width of the rough opening in the wall to allow for some play.
2.) Allow enough gap between the sash and frame to ensure ease of opening. In this case we’ve used at least 5mm (3/16″) clearance all the way around the sash.
How wide should the window frame be?
Usually the width of a window frame should be the same as the thickness of the wall, including the interior lining and the exterior siding. This is so the frame will be flush with both the inside and outside of the wall allowing for trims and moldings to fit neatly around both the inside and outside of the window. However in this case the frame is wider than the wall which means it will project into the building an inch or so, reflecting our personal preference regarding the finished look.
Making the playhouse window frame
Cut a rebate in a piece of lumber 150×50 x 1800 long (2×6 x 72″ long). This is best done using a bench saw to make two cuts along the length of the lumber: one cut 50mm (2″) deep along the edge and one cut 20mm (3/4″) deep along the face. See the drawing.
Cut the 4 frame members to length: 2 pieces at 490mm (19 5/8″) and 2 pieces at 390mm (15 5/8″). Angle each cut at 45°.
Glue and nail the frame members together, forming a rectangle