Building a treehouse involves a power of sawing and drilling. A circular saw
and a cordless impact drill
will save time and stress and a jigsaw
is really handy if you plan to build around branches rather than simply remove them.
At its simplest, all you really need is a deck or base to stand or sit on and a way of reaching it. You’ve got two main options for the base. The first method is to support the beams on posts concreted into the ground around the tree, meaning the treehouse is free standing. A small post hole digger
makes the job easy. This method does the least damage to your tree. It also simplifies construction later if your posts are long enough to support walls or rails.
A second method is to use threaded rods to secure a couple of beams around each of the trunks. Use a spirit level to ensure they are horizontal. You’ll probably need someone to hold an end while you do this.
If you haven’t got a helper, a cherry picker
will simplify this part of the job, especially if you’ve prefabbed the platform pieces.
Whichever method you use, once your beams are secure, use rafter ties to screw on the joists, laid perpendicular to the beams.
Now you can nail or screw your floorboards into place, leaving a gap between them for drainage. Remember your tree is still growing, and the trunk will move in the wind, so leave some space around the trunk.
Adding the finishing touches
You could build walls, but it’s not essential. What is essential is a secure balustrade to prevent falls. If you’ve used tall posts in your construction, screw the rails on to these. Otherwise you’ll need to screw some posts to the joists below and secure with rails at the top. Test everything for strength and use struts to stabilise where necessary.
The entry to the fort doesn’t have to be elaborate. A wooden ladder secured to the tree trunk or platform is fine. A rope ladder is even more fun for adventurous kids.
A simple palisade around the deck can be made out of just about anything. Pallet planks, small branches. A variety of materials, angles and colours can make the kids’ treehouse a feature of your garden.
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