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The braces will be 20' 6x6's. Here's the brackets I made from some 6" channel and some plate (left over from my trailer build).
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Braces in place. I used a chain hoist to lift them in place. To make them fit in between the two 2x8's that forms the support beam, I used a short cut-off of 6x6 and some small wedges to spread the beam apart enough for the brace to slide in between. Is that clear as mud? These two braces were an all-nighter.
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That is nice, that should really hold it good.

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The bracket I came up with for the back-side braces and the bridge connection points. It kinda looks like it belongs on the front of one of the Mad Max trucks. It is heavy, I didn't weigh it but i'd guess it to be around 150lbs. The braces will also be 20' 6x6's. This was a lot of fun to measure out and make.
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Very cool. Swinging bridge ups the awesome factor a bunch.

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I'd say this is becoming more of a fort than a tree house.... Where are then gun turrets going to be mounted?

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For the back-side brace (the direction the bridge will be pulling from) I need something pretty strong. I started by digging a hole with my small back hoe 6 feet deep and about 4 feet wide, I then poured 118 bags of concrete for a pad for the braces to bolt to, after they were set, and bolted in place, I formed-up and poured 34 more bags of concrete to encase the bottoms of the posts and brackets. After the concrete cured I backfilled the rest of the hole.
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Mad Max bolted in place. Lots of straps and winches used to get this job done, another all-nighter. I used ten bolts all bolted through both 2x8's with 6x6 spacers in between.
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Back brace completed. It feels really solid and strong, we'll see when the bridge is hooked to it. With the exception of the small cross brace, all the 6x6's were threw bolted using galvanized bolts and nuts, for the cross brace I used lag's. Don't laugh, but I cut the compound angles on the cross-brace with my chainsaw, worked pretty good.
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I'd say this is becoming more of a fort than a tree house.... Where are then gun turrets going to be mounted?
All over it.
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Some of the hardware I ordered for the bridge. The cable is 3/8's and has a breaking strength of 14500lbs, same for the turnbuckles. Smaller cable I purchased locally to use as more side bracing. Eyebolts are 7/8 inch and will be the tree-side attachment points.
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Here's a beam I made for the permanent lower brace for the right side. I couldn't make just a simple wooden one, for the stairs being in the way.
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Brace in place. It seems like i'm going overboard with all the braces but I want it to be strong, i'd rather overkill it than have to worry about it later.
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Simpler brace (all wood) for the lower left side.
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And, you are building this for your little girl. You sure this isn't a really nice deer stand?

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Wow, watching the news coming out of California, maybe I need those gun turrets after all....sad...very sad.
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And, you are building this for your little girl. You sure this isn't a really nice deer stand?
Lol....It sure looks that way. I swear I don't hunt, I like to shoot, but I don't hunt. My dad was an animal lover...they loved him, never seen any kind of critter that didn't make-up with him. He could just walk up to the baddest junk-yard dog and they'd just wag their tail (needed him with me on the coon encounter), for that reason I just never had the hunting desire.
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All the lower permanent bracing in. Stair treads replaced with 2x8's (made with the temp. X braces) waste not want not. It feels really stable, i'm confident i'll withstand all the forces the bridge will put on it, but I may add a few more braces just to be sure.
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A couple more side braces for the top (on the backside). I made a couple of 5' long anchors out of 1" steel rod with welded loops for the cable tie-ins. I drove them in the ground on a 60% angle (away from the tree house) with a sledge hammer (fun job), then stretched cable between the brace and anchor (with a turnbuckle on the anchor end) and tightened them up until the slack was out and they were fairly tight. I figure after the anchor's get a few rains and settle in, I'll tighten them up more as needed. I thought about setting the anchors in concrete (and I still can) but I think these will hold pretty well. These are only for side to side movement of which I have none, but I think they'll help make the whole structure more stable... Plus, I just wanted to play-around with some cable before starting on the bridge.
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Stair rail completed (horrible pic of the angle on the stairs), I promise they're straight. I didn't take a lot of pics, but the one's I did take, were with my phone. I also added a couple of braces to the front upright braces....ok, now i'm confusing myself. Anyway...here's how it looks with almost all the bracing finished...thank goodness.
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