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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
bullet Page 5: Making the Floor
arrow 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 walls and roof

Step 4. Cut the plywood pieces.
You can now use the floor as a work platform.

Measure, mark and cut all the plywood pieces. Refer to the "cutting detail plans" and the "Cutting ideas from full sheets" page for dimensions and cutting detail.

Step 5. Assemble the front and rear walls.
Lay the pieces that make up the front and rear walls together.
Cut 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (45mm x 45mm) battens to go around the perimeter of the front and rear walls and other intermediate pieces, as show in the drawings below.
Glue the battens in place and hold with the occasional nail until the glue dries. Then turn the walls over and screw the plywood to the battens from the other side.
the battens around the front wall
the battens around the rear wall

Step 6. Cut a notch in the apex.
Cut a notch in the apex of both the front and rear walls. Use an off-cut of batten for a pattern (see third picture down on the right-hand-side).
Note that the roof apex is not 90°, so make the cut square with one rake (see drawing below) and be sure that the front wall notch is consistent with the back wall notch.
the notch in the apex of the playhouse roof
the playhouse front and rear panels the playhouse front panel and battens marking the apex cut-out the apex cut-out the playhouse lower roof the playhouse upper roof
Step 7. Make up the roof pieces.
Glue and screw a an 8ft (2400mm) length of 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 45mm) wood along one edge of both lower roof panels (see picture to the right, fifth down).

Then glue and screw a an 8ft (2400mm) length of 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (45mm x 45mm) wood along one edge of one upper roof panel (see sixth picture down on the right-hand-side). Only one upper roof panel needs doing.

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