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« on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 01:31 pm »

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Ok. Gonna make a simple plywood outdoor playhouse. Basically a box with a door and windows. Using house paint to finish. A couple of questions if you please?

Since it's getting painted, does it matter if the plywood is treated or untreated?
What is the difference between DD and CD?
Would it be best to get 7mm, 9mm, or 12mm?
What tools would I need for this project?

I is no carpenter, so the simpler and easier the better I say 
 
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« Reply #1 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 01:45 pm »

 

oh no..here we go again... 

first off it would be best to have treated ply seeing as it'll be outdoors.

12mm would be best cause you would need less framing...but you'd get away with thinner stuff.

usually the difference between the two types (DD&CD) is that one i think is used for boxing concrete & has a very smooth finish.

you'll need framing timber also...about 75mmmx 100mm would be heaps.

tools you'll need..
a saw...preferably a skillsaw. but an ordinary handsaw would do the job...just ya need to be accurate with ya cuts...and it takes ages.

a hammer.
a pencil.
a tape measure.
nails.
and probably some sorta waterproof stuff for the roof.

you'll also need some bearers(about 50mmx200mm) and joists(u could use some 50mmmx100mm) for the floor and some flooring material.

also you'll need something to cap the corners etc...20mmx30mm battens would work.

and also something to flash above the windows & door.

again...altho it seems simple, by the time you've spent $'s on tools & materials you may find it's better to either buy a kitset or have a tradesman/handyman make one for you.

basically your making a small house...so same kinda rules apply.

i gotta say scoobs....atleast your keen. 



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« Reply #2 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 01:47 pm »

oh...you'll also need a set square...unless ya wanna muck around with the ole 3,4,5 method.
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« Reply #3 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 03:21 pm »

 
gonna keep an eye on this one

then maybe i could build one for boo!
 
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« Reply #4 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 03:26 pm »

  get a plan from a library book, scoobs 
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« Reply #5 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 05:08 pm »

 eek  Fark. So it's not as simple as slapping together some wood and viola then?     eek

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« Reply #6 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 05:24 pm »

 


could you get hold of a car case?

do they still make those? 
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« Reply #7 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 05:28 pm »

eek  Fark. So it's not as simple as slapping together some wood and viola then?     eek



not if ya want it to be safe and splinter free for the kiddies... what if you could find someone locally who you could trade with for some help?? A retired person who is a bit handy and mayb like some home treats....LMAO mean backing not the other home treats...
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« Reply #8 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 05:41 pm »

eek  Fark. So it's not as simple as slapping together some wood and viola then?     eek



not if ya want it to be safe and splinter free for the kiddies... what if you could find someone locally who you could trade with for some help?? A retired person who is a bit handy and mayb like some home treats....LMAO mean backing not the other home treats...
     
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« Reply #9 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 05:43 pm »

Well the daycare playhouse is just three boards hinged together, leaned up against the fence... Maybe I should just stick to that instead and put it away every night  Or make it an inside house
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« Reply #10 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 05:57 pm »

ooo me got girly brain wave

nail two planks sticking out horizontal from fence about waist high

make flat roof on topwith  a few planks

gets old material and make walls and attatch to ground with tent pegs 




    mebbe

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« Reply #11 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 06:01 pm »

Well the daycare playhouse is just three boards hinged together, leaned up against the fence... Maybe I should just stick to that instead and put it away every night  Or make it an inside house

yep scoobes sometimes the simpist of designs are what attracts kids... cos its diffrent to everything else they sometimes enjoy it more...I know you will make one one way or the other..
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« Reply #12 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 06:12 pm »

ooo me got girly brain wave

nail two planks sticking out horizontal from fence about waist high

make flat roof on topwith  a few planks

gets old material and make walls and attatch to ground with tent pegs 




    mebbe


Sounds like a plan that could be considered. Thanks 
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« Reply #13 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 06:15 pm »

Well the daycare playhouse is just three boards hinged together, leaned up against the fence... Maybe I should just stick to that instead and put it away every night  Or make it an inside house

yep scoobes sometimes the simpist of designs are what attracts kids... cos its diffrent to everything else they sometimes enjoy it more...I know you will make one one way or the other..

Yup. Simple is all I wanted.
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« Reply #14 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 06:27 pm »

 

or what about a pup tent??
 
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« Reply #15 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 07:09 pm »

 

have you googled kitset playhouse?????   


you need a mortgage for one !!!  there's money in them, that's for certain!!!
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« Reply #16 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 07:57 pm »

   Yeah. Sooooooooooo can't afford to buy one  eek

That's why I need to make it myself and keep it as simple and cheap as possible 
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« Reply #17 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 07:58 pm »



or what about a pup tent??
 

Would prefer a wooden structure that will last over the years. They've had tents and they last all of two seconds.
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« Reply #18 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:16 pm »

cats car case raises a good option. if you have an industrial area close by you may find some smaller wooden crates already made up.sometimes the factory owners are glad to be rid of them. that and a coupla sheets of corrugated iron & a few nails & your done.
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« Reply #19 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:18 pm »

http://www.mitre10.co.nz/ask_an_expert/exterior/cd_versus_dd_graded_plywood.cfm

http://www.freeww.com/kidsbackyard.html

as with concrete, I love doing the man cave stuff. If you need any advice or a skilsaw operator, give me a pm.
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« Reply #20 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:20 pm »

   I thought she was referring to the body of an old car 

ummm not sure where I would start with that eh. Great idea. All the big work has already been done...
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« Reply #21 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:21 pm »

I dunno if anyone as suggested it but my suggestion for floorin is a pallett....put a bit of ply over it  and the wood for the frame can be banged into the thck parts of the pallett.

I get what im trying to say but it isnt making much sense here i dont think.
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« Reply #22 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:23 pm »

  I thought she was referring to the body of an old car 

ummm not sure where I would start with that eh. Great idea. All the big work has already been done...


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« Reply #23 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:25 pm »

http://www.mitre10.co.nz/ask_an_expert/exterior/cd_versus_dd_graded_plywood.cfm

http://www.freeww.com/kidsbackyard.html

as with concrete, I love doing the man cave stuff. If you need any advice or a skilsaw operator, give me a pm.
Wow. Great sites egghead! Thankyou. I'll have a browse through them. The playhouse is more important than the concrete at this stage. I want the girls to have hours of fun with it before they grow out of it.

I dunno if anyone as suggested it but my suggestion for floorin is a pallett....put a bit of ply over it  and the wood for the frame can be banged into the thck parts of the pallett.

I get what im trying to say but it isnt making much sense here i dont think.
Another good idea. Thanks Far Q 
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« Reply #24 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:35 pm »

I dunno if anyone as suggested it but my suggestion for floorin is a pallett....put a bit of ply over it  and the wood for the frame can be banged into the thck parts of the pallett.

I get what im trying to say but it isnt making much sense here i dont think.

good idea, one of the big pallets used for gib board weould be perfect. Hardware stores are usually glad to  get rid of them for nothing.
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« Reply #25 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:36 pm »

I dunno if anyone as suggested it but my suggestion for floorin is a pallett....put a bit of ply over it  and the wood for the frame can be banged into the thck parts of the pallett.

I get what im trying to say but it isnt making much sense here i dont think.
Oh and I like that idea because we get flooded around here, so the house (however it turns out to be)    has to be raised off the ground.
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« Reply #26 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 08:39 pm »

  I thought she was referring to the body of an old car 
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« Reply #28 on: Tue 1 April, 2008 - 09:30 pm »

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« Reply #29 on: Wed 2 April, 2008 - 06:23 am »

we get big crates at work that you could just cut a door and window in i will have a look at work to day and see if one can go missing onto a truck for you... 
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« Reply #30 on: Wed 2 April, 2008 - 09:48 am »

OMG Westy! That would be so awesome!

You guys are just brilliant!!!
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« Reply #31 on: Wed 2 April, 2008 - 09:55 am »

aww what luverly people!!!!

scoobs, grab as many pallets as you can scrounge too...  I have made heaps of things with old pallets..   even made stairs down off a deck with old pallets..

you can do it gurl!! just set your mind to it!!!!
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« Reply #32 on: Wed 2 April, 2008 - 09:58 am »

I'm stunned at the generosity here snoops 

egghead has offered to look for free wood from work and help assemble a basic structure and westy has offered to 'disappear' a crate from his work. 

I'm quite speechless 

I'll try and get heaps of pallets too as you've suggested. I saw some close by suga's place the other week just sitting outside on the roadside doing nothing... 
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« Reply #33 on: Fri 4 April, 2008 - 12:47 am »

Try Fletcher Steel or Steel and Tube,  the pallets that they use for sheet steel are large and robust.
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« Reply #35 on: Fri 4 April, 2008 - 03:52 pm »

theres some at rd1 on dawson scoobs, sitting next to the skip, so picking they dont want them
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« Reply #36 on: Fri 4 April, 2008 - 05:19 pm »

   cool thanks suga
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« Reply #37 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 09:22 pm »

A big big big THANKYOU to shat and his friends and family who provided all the materials and their time and building skills. The children are ecstatic about the finished product! We managed to keep it secret from them the whole time. So they got a HUGE surprise this afternoon when they got home    You should've seen the meltdown when it was time to come inside for bed!  eek 









Inside the house...





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« Reply #38 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 09:38 pm »

  Wish i had one like that when i was a kid .....
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« Reply #39 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 10:00 pm »

Pretty bloody awesome eh!
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« Reply #40 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 10:03 pm »

Cool mini    .....I bet you'll never see the kids now ....
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« Reply #41 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 10:05 pm »

wow!!!   eek


that's fantastic, well done scoobs.

and (as the kids say... ) "BIG ups" for grumpyeggyshathat   
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« Reply #42 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 10:09 pm »

Cool mini    .....I bet you'll never see the kids now ....
That's the plan...  eek 

wow!!!   eek


that's fantastic, well done scoobs.

and (as the kids say... ) "BIG ups" for grumpyeggyshathat   
Hey it's ALL thanks to shat and friends and family eh. All I did was supervise the installation   

I was nearly in happy tears with the kids reaction    Such an awesome awesome gift!
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« Reply #43 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 10:56 pm »

Oh wow scoobs !

How cool is that ?

 

Bigs ups to to the grumpyeggyshatguy

 
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« Reply #44 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 11:26 pm »


Hey it's ALL thanks to shat and friends and family eh.

Build team credits

Dorothy - for her unflagging support and artistic skills

Mini me - for being my shed sidekick and awesome power screwdriving skills

Missy - for painting, holding panels up, creative input and on site paint refinishing

The engineering department - for stripping and recycling plywood sheet

The timberyard guys - for some very big 'offcuts' of framing timber

Tony and Heather - for the trailer and the delivery

Mitre 10 'mr X' - for outstanding service in the fastenings dept.


I got a lot of pleasure out of working on this project....was a great way to spend time with the family and very satisfying to know that we had the backing of 'friends in the trade'.

 



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« Reply #45 on: Tue 27 May, 2008 - 11:39 pm »

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« Reply #46 on: Wed 28 May, 2008 - 08:42 am »

such a wonderful thing to see.
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« Reply #47 on: Wed 28 May, 2008 - 11:01 am »

Get that man a beer


  He got plenty of that thanks to mintshot and speights! 
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« Reply #48 on: Wed 28 May, 2008 - 11:06 am »

Here's some close up shots of the artwork that Dorothy and the kids did...

Dorothy's handy work... Isn't she a clever lady!





Missy's creative input for Blaze... 



The kids checking it out!







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