October 3rd, 2010

eben side

the tree fort

The kids decided that they wanted a tree fort in the back yard. Despite not having a lot of experience constructing things, I decided to help.

We scouted the back yard for a good location. After deciding that I didn't want to attempt the kind of tree fort that is built around a single tree, we selected four trees in a roughly rhomboid distribution. I took measurements, drew up plans, ran kite string where the beams would go so that I could get things level and squared off, and then measured again. We bought lumber and other supplies.

It was planned to be a platform of approximately 12 feet by 6 feet, 7 feet off of the ground on the low side and 16 feet off of the ground on the hide side, due to the slope of the hill.

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