How does my 6yo organize his sister’s birthday party? (Part 7)
If you haven’t read the earlier part of building this playhouse and the raw materials required, you can read it here.
Due to the nature of my husband’s job, there’s a possibility that we will be relocated again. So, the design of the playhouse incorporated the ease of assembling and disassembling (think: IKEA, where you can unbox and box it back again). This playhouse was made up of a lot of joints with bolts and nuts.
I bought a set of Black+Decker Multievo, a minimalist set recommended by Chiew. These tools weren’t as powerful as the wired ones, but they served their purpose well and definitely no regrets in getting it.
The foundation beams were made from Belian wood, a pretty hardy wood. Our cordless drill wasn’t strong enough to drill through holes. So I borrowed Chiew’s powerful electric drill. We used the electric drill to drill holes and then the cordless drill to put in bolts and screws.
You would need one to hold the bolts to put in the nuts.
Getting all ready
As the playhouse was for built for the kids, the wood must be thoroughly planed. Although the owner of the hardware shop helped us with planing, we did another round with the MultiEvo. Our eldest kid helped us and we explained to him about the danger of using electric tools and why planing was necessary.
Next, we swept off the wood’s dust and started painting. For the foundation beams, we started off with primer followed by green paint. We used varnish on the rest of the beams to retain their natural color. We allowed the kids to do this with us.
Building the foundation beam
The image above showed the foundation beam (highlighted in fluorescent yellow). These beams were drilled with holes where they were held together with A and B planks with bolts and nuts.
We let the kids screwed in the bolts first. The two younger girls gave up after a while (it was TIRING!), but our eldest boy really enjoyed this hands-on activity.
Once the main beam was up, the ‘fun and beautifying’ part began.
We used the bed frame concept to do the flooring for the first floor. After drilling the bone to hold the weight for the flooring, we drilled the upper part of the flooring into the bone too. One thing I learned from Chiew was to follow the manufacturing method to save time. So we completed the same steps at one go before we moved on to complete the next steps.
As mentioned in the previous post, we wanted the kids to improve their fine motor skills. Initially there weren’t any stairs. But the kids were only 2, 4 and 6, so we needed some form of stairs for them to climb up the playhouse. So we got the idea from Pinterest to build an uneven stairs and ‘rock’ climbing area to climb up.
The beams for the monkey bars are stabilized with a 45° triangle. Also, as these are very heavy wood, a plank is built in at the bottom to prevent the bars from sinking into the ground. We also bought some rocks for rock climbing, which we intended to drill into the beams for the kids to climb up.
We spent approximately three weekends to build this playhouse. When building was in progress, we let the kids joined in for certain activities that we deemed safe for their little hands. Or else, we sent them to the daycare when we needed to exercise caution during some parts of the building process. It was definitely tiring, but very rewarding for the kids and for us the adults as well.