How to Build a Tree House Phase 3- the Deck

Now that we’ve finished Phase One and Phase Two we’re on to Phase 3.  One can’t just have a platform with nowhere to stand, am I right?

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First things first- the front section of the platform is going to be outside the tree house- a little deck so wee ones can sit in little chairs and maybe throw stuff at parents from the deck. And maybe a bucket to pull stuff up and whatnot.  So I did the front 2 feet in deck boards.  I cut about 15 or so and spaced them apart a little so water would flow thru them.  Just like a real deck.

 

 

 

 

 

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I had exactly 2 feet.  Not big enough to throw a party on but a couple of kids can hang out there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20130310_124743Just wide enough for a small chair.  Yes it will have a rail around it- that will come later.  Nailed and screwed in place.  So far so good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20130316_163712That left us about 6 feet by 7 feet to make the floor for the house proper.  So we put down a layer of 3/8″ plywood.  Not really super strong but I put down two layers which made it much stronger.  Can support my weight for sure.  And I ain’t light, lemme tell ya.

 

 

 

 

 

20130316_163154This is where Sheet Rock screws come in really handy.  They don’t have to support weight- just have to keep the boards from moving around on the decking.  Notice the corner- that’s our trap door, where we’ll have a rope ladder to climb up and down.  Every treehouse needs a secret door.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here we are measuring the width.  I did 4 foot by 3 foot sections and then 3 by 3 sections.

 

 

 

 

 

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Second layer.  Notice they overlap- the second layer should cover the 1st layer’s seams.  Which I pulled off ok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Close up of overlapping seams.  Covered as many as I could.  Added strength to the floor without too much more weight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Forgot to cut out the trap door…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s ok- I have an 18 volt DeWalt set so we cut it right out from  up top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Also put the support in the wrong spot.  So we’ll be moving this lag bolt and 2 by 4 to the outside so there’s no chance of getting stuck or cut on it.  More room to move around.  Notice the additional support for the side of the door- put in a section of 2 by 6 to frame out the opening.

 

 

 

 

 

Deck is all done.  Yes it supports me so a couple of 7 year olds should be all good.  Now it’s time to start building the walls.  More Framing Fun!  On to Phase Four- Framing the Sides!

 

 

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