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How to make a Playhouse
a plywood playhouse
woodworking projects from the do-it-yourself carpentery workshop




How to make a Plywood Playhouse See the video
bullet Page 1: Introduction - Materials List
bullet Page 2: The Plans - Cutting Detail 1
bullet Page 3: The Plans - Cutting Detail 2
bullet Page 4: Cutting Ideas from Full Sheets
arrow Page 5: Making the Floor
bullet Page 6: Making the Walls and Roof
bullet Page 7: Standing and Fixing the Walls
bullet Page 8: Attaching the Roof
bullet Page 9: Making the Door and Windows
bullet Page 10: Dismantling and Adding the Panes
bullet Page 11: Re-assembling the Playhouse
bullet User Comments/Photos

Making the floor

It's a good idea to skim through all the pages before you start to see what is involved and to get a feel for the project.
Refer to the plans and cutting detail plans when necessary and use the menu at the top to jump back and forth as need be.

Step 1. The skids (bearers).
Cut two 4" x 4" (100mm x 100mm) skids at 86" (2150mm) long.

Lay them parallel on a flat surface so that they are 48" (1200mm) apart overall.

Step 2. The floor joists.
Cut five 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 45mm) joists 64" (1600mm) long.

Fix the two end joists (one each end) to the skids, 4" (100mm) in from each end.

Attach a string-line to one side, giving a straight line to set the intermediate joists to.

Cut six blocks of wood out of 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 45mm) at 17 1/4" (430mm) long.
Fix the first two against an end joist so both of them are parallel and flush with the outside edges of the skids.
Then place an intermediate joist against the blocks and the string-line and nail in place.
Repeat the procedure until the final intermediate joist is fixed in place.
Measure, cut, and fix the last two blocks into position.

Check that the floor frame is square by measuring diagonally from corner to corner.
Make any necessary adjustments.
When the diagonal measurements are equal, then the frame is square.

Step 3. The floor.
Cut a sheet of plywood 76 3/4" (1920mm) long by 48" (1200mm) wide and sit it on top of the floor joists.
The sides of the plywood should be flush with the outside edges of the blocking, and the two ends should be set back approximately 1/2" (12mm) from each end joist, thus allowing a ledge for the front and end walls to sit on.

Once positioned, nail the plywood floor in place.
layout the skids for the playhouse the skids and some of the joists of the playhouse floor the playhouse skids and floor joists the playhouse floor

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