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Building Something Fun - 2

Last Friday I posted about turning my first pen on a lathe, this week I'm discussing my other recent project, a playhouse for my two daughters. Hopefully by the time you see this the paint job will look a little more complete. It's based loosely on a plan I found in a magazine. It's 4'x6', and for scale the door is 18"x46", built out of 3/4" construction grade plywood. The plan I started with had no floor and sat on the ground, but I wanted something a little nicer and easy to move, so I build a matching platform with casters out of 2x6's and plywood, then mounted the house on it. Real shingles on top, though it will be interesting to see how they hold up as I stapled them on rather than nailing, the nails were poking through the rough and could have been a hazard. The floor ended up being just a little high for a first step, so the platform you see is the offcut from the window in the 2nd photo with some 2x4 strips underneath - good to use the scraps for something! It was a good 2 days worth of work, and still some painting to go.

The nice part about projects like these is perfection doesn't matter and it's a gift, though whether it will be more them that ultimately enjoys it more will be a tough call.

We spend a lot of time with ideas and bytes, good to make something with our hands once in a while. Go build something!





I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Steve Jones on 1 May 2009

Making me feel a bit guilty. I need to get turning a few pens as well!

Posted by tjaybelt on 1 May 2009

my last project was the center section of the entertainment center pictured here.


my next project will be either a clock for above that entertainment center, or a bed for my oldest daughter.  Whichever design comes out of the ether of my imagination first.

Posted by tjaybelt on 1 May 2009

I forgot to say, it looks great. And it does feel good to work with your hands.

I always wanted to build something like that for the kids. We built a large fort/swing set instead, and that held them over. now they are too old for a play house, so i missed my time.  maybe i'll build one for the grandkids.

Posted by Andy Warren on 1 May 2009

Very nice Tjay! I need to do one of those myself. Both a clock and a bed seem like fun projects. Swing set and maybe a treehouse out there on the agenda somewhere, next up for me are some outdoor chairs, and then one of those laminated/curved hammocks so I can do some outdoor reading!

Posted by Andy Warren on 1 May 2009

Steve, I go through plenty of times where the hobby gets pushed off the schedule. Trying to right size things a little right now, so putting more time into it.

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