Well, I must admit that 5 months ago when my then 4 YO daughter
mentioned to me that she wanted a playhouse, I wasn't sure how to go
about it. I first drove a few miles up the road to a place that sells
them to you (the come on site and construct the building for you).
Granted they were nice, but certainly not worth the 2500 - 4300
dollars US they wanted. Next, I looked at all sorts of plans on the
internet. I have to admit I was not a woodworker. In fact, the only
power tools I owned were a skil circular saw and a craftsman drill.
However, I've always been fascinated by being able to build things, so
I finally found a design I wanted. Unfortunately it was also designed
and built by Norm Abrams which I knew meant this was not the easiest
project in the world. I ordered the plans and video and set about
buying all the equipment I would need. 2.5 months of Texas heat on
Saturdays and Sundays and I had a wonderful birthday gift for my
daughter for her 5th birthday.
The final cost: $1200 for lumber and building materials, $1400 for
tools (although a good chunk of that was for a table saw). Still as
cheap as the prebuilt house and I now have been bitten by the
woodworking bug. In fact, my project list is growing daily as my wife
and I conspire to transform parts of our house.
So, here is my first project, enjoy.
email@example.com (Chris) wrote in message
You mean you're forking over the $400 for the cedar shakes! Wow,
that's mighty nice of you. ;-)
It was purely a cost measure. Trust me I wanted to do the cedar shake
roof, but my wife put her foot down on that one. ;-)
Very nice indeed, Wayne. I built one for my daughters a hunnert years
ago or so it seems. Never regretted it. Don't know that I would have
had the cojones to do it as a first project though.
At first she was super excited, but as I dragged into the second
month, I could tell all she really wanted to do was play in it, and
didn't care that it wasn't finished. She offered to help paint, so I
took her up on it. That lasted about 25 minutes. ;-)
But, once I finally finished she was really excited. Since then I've
put in a "sink", a table that folds up, bench chairs for her and her
friends to sit on. Next on my list are a couple of shelves that she
can use to put her play dishes and tea set on.
And thanks everyone for the kind words. I have to admit it was a very
daunting task since it was my first project. However, between just
doing it, and seeing my daughter everyday watching me put it together,
I wasn't about to give up on it.
Things I learned... spend the money on the brad nailer, beating the
windows together with a hammer and nails don't give the windows the
stability they need when you are continually beating the nails out of
the opposite end of the wood. Align your saws before making angle
cuts. Lastly, see if your daughter will accept it as a Christmas gift,
so you don't have to work in 90-100 degree heat 8 hours a day on the
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