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Free standing Tree House

I'm not sure if there's any interest in this kind of project or not, its not exactly fine woodworking, but I thought maybe some of you would like to see something a little different. Anyways, here goes. I really didn't have any plans, just kinda thought it up in my head, not real sure how the finished product will look, but hopefully it'll look pretty cool. I started out by digging the holes with my tractor four feet deep for the 6x6's, they are 20 footer's (lots of fun setting 20 foot 6x6's with a 3yro as your only help). Here's the four poles set in concrete.
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There are many facets in woodworking - from "fine" to a bit more rough, and your "house" can be considered in that range. Hope to see some pics of the final build. Thanks for sharing, and be safe.
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The first board going in place. I work nights, so a lot of my work is done after dark.
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When I was in 7th grade, we moved to a house that had a stilt tree house. My dad thought it was an eyesore but my siblings and I all loved it. Keep the pics coming!

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Impressive setting those posts solo.

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I decided to make it two floors, first floor is in. I used 2x8's for the support beams and 2x6's for the floor joists, 5/4 was used for the decking. The X bracing is temporary, I plan on using 6x6's for the permanent bracing.
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Cool looking knot in one of the beams, kinda looks like a dog to me.
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Second floor going in. Its just a shade above 16' off the ground, that's a 12' stepladder (on the ground).
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My helper taking a snack break.
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Cool project. Looks great and major kudos to you for setting those posts solo, don't know if I could have done that. Make sure to build some good handrails that are at least to residential code to prevent the little ones from falling off. I've seen quite a sketchy bit in my time.

I'm anxious to see how this is going to turn out. Keep it coming...
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Access hatch to the top floor. I plan to put a fireman's pole in also, just not sure where yet.
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Hauling some wood with a trailer I built this past summer. I did a complete build thread on it here. http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...ighlight=split If anyone's interested.
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I set a couple of 4x4's and added a landing for the stairs, also poured a small pad to anchor the bottom, it's below grade so it won't be seen. I also got the bottom railing in, I spaced them 3 & 1/2"s apart. Got a couple of the permanent 6x6 braces installed also. I had to be careful and leave enough room to get my small back hoe under them to get to the backside (more on that later).
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Stairs in. I built these in the shop and hauled them down to the tree house with a trailer. I used 2x6's for the treads, not happy with them, i'll be switching them out to 2x8's, they just don't seem wide enough.
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First top floor post going in. I used carriage bolts and nuts to install them, I just think they are stronger and safer than lag bolts, especially at these heights. I pre-drilled all the countersinks and through holes for the post's in the shop with my drill press. Bolting them on was really fun, hanging over the edge that high up was a little scary. There is an advantage to working after dark, at least you can't see the ground...lol.
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This is turning out great. Thanks for the build thread.

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Hauling some wood with a trailer I built this past summer. I did a complete build thread on it here. http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...ighlight=split If anyone's interested.
Man that is one fine looking trailer, beautiful welding also, looks great.

I like the tree house also.

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All of the post's installed. I tried to use my aluminum extension ladder, but that high up, just too much wiggle, probably from my knees knocking.
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