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Poop 07-26-2017 08:00 AM

the view up from the inside. turned out as nicely as i hoped it would, and the smell of cedar is bracing. it has faded in the last year since installation, but the rain still brings it back out.

and the karaoke acoustics are amazing. so far, i can get my boy to sing sturgill simpson songs up there like he's playing for a stadium. prior to that, he never would sing or hum a lick anywhere; now, he's a much bolder and eager singer with his class at school, in the car with me, and sometimes even around his mama.

a bluetooth speaker up there and a couple of straw broom air guitars and we're set. ;)

Poop 07-26-2017 08:56 AM

we again interrupt this treehouse build, to play in the snow a little bit.

the treehouse is dry, but not particularly warm, as it's designed to breathe with the wind in the hot summer. but it sure gets me thinking about ways to address that.

of course, just like kellen and daddy know how to live it up in the snow, we also know how to warm it back up. hot chocolate at the awful waffle!

Poop 07-26-2017 08:59 AM

and while all these leisure activities have been enjoyed, i've been waiting for some special order boards to come in. i ordered two 2" x 16" x 16' treated monsters, and it's taken more than a couple months for the local sawmill to get a good candidate to cut them from. once they got one and cut my boards, they pulled a few days in the kiln to dry out, then processed out for heavy cca treatment.

here, my son inspects our new delivery in early spring.

midlifechoppers 07-26-2017 11:51 AM

How much do you think it weighs?

SDB 07-26-2017 04:54 PM

Coolest side project ever!

Major props to you, not only for building it, but also for enjoying it with your son. It doesn't get any better than that.

Poop 07-26-2017 05:51 PM


Originally Posted by midlifechoppers (Post 1280960)
How much do you think it weighs?

eh, no clue, really. even if I did the math all over again and calculated it, it would be only an approximation of its weight now, as the wood has dried out so much. freshly treated lumber always seems more than twice as heavy as it is a year later, although i'm not sure that's entirely accurate, either.

who knows?

Poop 07-26-2017 05:53 PM


Originally Posted by SDB (Post 1280962)
Coolest side project ever!

Major props to you, not only for building it, but also for enjoying it with your son. It doesn't get any better than that.

thanks, man. that means a lot around here. you're right: i doubt i'll ever regard a moment of it as misspent or wasted.

midlifechoppers 07-26-2017 06:09 PM

Excellent workmanship. The tree band for the lower support is brilliant - looks like it can expand as the tree does.

Poop 07-27-2017 07:31 AM

once again, i called on my father-in-law for help in this project.

for the ladder, i wanted something that felt safer than a typical ladder, but it still had to have a somewhat steep approach because of the limited size of the trap door entry. i liked the idea of a ship's ladder, but instead of added handrails, they could be shaped from the same wood as the stringers (forgive i'd my terminology isn't right) to give a more enclosed feel. this way, the ladder could feel a little more like a chute, and at least there'd be less chances of falling over the sides.

so, the shaping starts with a router and a roundover bit. that little piece on the top is a 2 x 10, for reference.

the finger/thumb grove is cut in several stages, the first being a rounded bottom groove, the second more work with a roundover bit at the top edges of the groove.

Poop 07-27-2017 07:41 AM

my father-in-law disagreed strongly in this next step. he's forgotten twice as much as i'll ever know about mechanics, machining, carpentry, and guns, but i still had a strong feeling of confidence that i could use a flap disc on a grinder to finish rounding out the handrail portion of these boards. he felt that it would be too hard to control, produce too much waviness, but in my mind, I was okay with some waviness. i felt it would give it more of a hand-worked feel.

so, i swallowed the lump in my throat and jumped on in.

the above was accomplished in two passes, the first with a 7" grinder and flapper, the second with a 4-1/2. so far, so good.

Poop 07-28-2017 06:47 AM

also with the routing work on these were seats for the steps. since we have a full 2" to work with on either side, the seats are a deep 5/8" each.

because of the radius bit used to rout the seats, the front corners of the seats are more rounded than the 2x6 steps. once again defying my father-in-law's good advice, i addressed this with a flap disc freehandedly, rather than with a rasp.

good enough for treehouse tolerances...

mock up:

Poop 07-28-2017 07:02 AM

after mock up, i went to lowe's and got some long plastic pans for drywall mud, or something like that. these were long enough to stand the two stair stringers in while i soak them in wood preservative. even though these are treated boards, i wanted to soak them in that heavy green smelly copper preservative solution, so that they could resist ground-born rot for as long as possible.

Tortolabob2 07-28-2017 09:35 AM

Just amazing Poop. The rope tricks are really clever.
So when did you do this project? 2016? or longer?
Is it finished today or still working on it?

Poop 07-29-2017 05:46 AM

thanks, bob! started summer '14, "finished" a month ago. i say "finished" rather than finished, because there will still be improvements to be made, like shelves, custom stools, window lift supports, stain...

but the official declaration "finished" releases me from my vow of commitment, again allowing me to fish, go to the gym (shouldn't have neglected that for two years), go to the range, and work on bikes. also, i may have to tackle some home projects, at home. :CRY::CRY:

Poop 07-29-2017 05:50 AM

it was drawn out for several reasons. first, labor issues. it was supposed to be a joint project, and my dad lost interest. second, my son's issues always came first. third, work also took precedence, and my job occasionally requires weekend paperwork. fourth, marriage. fifth, i've never done this before, and ideas don't always come quickly. especially that.

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