Via the Christmas season I made a number of items that I didn’t file video for. As an alternative, I simply took cellphone photos by the construct course of. Not coping with a video digicam is way quicker and extra pleasant for fast tasks comparable to this.
The design course of began by looking out pictures on-line for inspiration and developing with one thing that the boss girl, aka my spouse, accepted. This complete thought was hers and he or she had closing approval on the design. We settled on a straightforward to construct nook design that didn’t use a lot materials. 1-1/2 sheets of plywood and 6 eight foot 2x4s.
I began with the ladder. Though this may be made by utilizing 2x4s proper off the shelf I made a decision to joint and airplane all the 2x4s to 1-1/4” by 3” to not solely clear up the producer mill marks but additionally give the ladder a lighter look.
To make the ladder a bit of extra inviting to the arms and toes I put a 1/2” spherical over on the entrance edges and a 1/4” roundover on the rear edges of the ladder sides. The ladder rungs received a 1/2” roundover on all lengthy edges.
Pocket gap joinery is a lot sturdy sufficient for this software. Every ladder rung received two pocket holes per finish.
Pocket holes make meeting extremely fast. The entire pocket holes are going through down and the rungs have been spaced evenly. I did lean it up towards my workbench and it held my weight with no concern.
I imagine I made the ladder rungs 2-1/2” extensive in order that they have been inset on each back and front of the ladder sides.
The platform body was made subsequent. Fast and simple as soon as once more with pocket gap screws.
The entire plywood was reduce in keeping with my structure diagram….or so I believed. You may see the underside piece of plywood on this picture is identical 48” width as my meeting desk. It was presupposed to be ripped to a particular width however I utterly forgot to try this. You’ll see later once I came upon about this error.
My spouse was very particular about wanting a fort design so the crenels, or notches on high of a fort, have been a should. To make all of them look the identical I made a fast MDF template, traced it onto the plywood wherever wanted, roughed out the majority of the waste with a jigsaw, after which used a flush trim bit in my router to switch the graceful template form to all the cuts.
The left fringe of the tall plywood aspect shall be towards the wall so a notch is required for the baseboard within the room. This notch is way bigger than the baseboard however a scribed match is just not vital on this case.
My authentic plan was to have an oblong window within the massive wall however I made a decision to go along with a star theme for a bit of little bit of interactive design. On the quick higher wall I used my CNC machine to chop three randomly positioned stars.
And for the massive wall I used the CNC to chop a template to as soon as once more use a router to switch the reduce to the plywood. All of this may be executed with a jigsaw and sandpaper or a file on the reduce edges. Earlier than paint I rounded all the plywood edges with a 1/4” roundover bit and drilled pocket holes on the again aspect of the quick wall.
Valspar Flower Lady is the paint shade we went with.
The paint we went with was one of many dearer choices to color and prime multi functional software and the outcomes have been surprisingly good. We thought for certain it was going to be a two coat job however one coat turned out nice. We additionally painted simply the quick wall white for a straightforward two tone accent.
The subsequent day, throughout my daughters nap, we began the meeting in her play room. First the platform body was secured to the wall with just a few 3” screws into the wall studs and the platform was set on high.
Each wall panels have been set in place and briefly held with clamps and that is once I realized the error of the massive wall being too extensive.
Right here you possibly can see the top of the quick wall being proper in the way in which of one of many high cutouts on the massive wall. The massive wall was supposed to stay out by design however not by that a lot.
Fortunately I had sufficient materials to the left of the left star to chop the panel all the way down to the suitable width. This, sadly, eradicated the design symmetry however it’s actually not a giant deal. No one in the home however me cares about that little mistake. Additionally, I predrilled and screwed by the panel and into the body to safe it.
The quick wall is held in place with a clamp and secured to the tall panel with pocket gap screws from the within face.
And eventually the ladder is secured to each the platform body and the opposite aspect of the quick wall. I put my physique weight on the ladder to compress the carpet earlier than positioning it. The ladder and quick wall width have been established in order that there was a 1” hole between the wall and the ladder. This permits room on the flooring for the baseboard. On this image I’m sitting on the platform with my again towards the wall. The platform panel was simply secured with just a few screws into the body beneath.
The bookshelf was secured to the within of the massive wall with just a few pocket gap screws.
And with the bean bag chair in place this undertaking was executed. We determined to construct this undertaking as an alternative of shopping for an indoor studying tent and we’re so glad we did. It actually reworked the room into a terrific play space the place she cannot solely sit and browse (at her age it’s simply us studying to her and her flipping pages) but additionally a spot for her to be bodily interactive along with her setting. In fact, she’s too younger to make use of the ladder on her personal and we by no means let her within the playroom unsupervised however she’ll develop into it most likely a lot quicker than what I care to consider.
In fact, she loves it. This can be a very easy undertaking that anybody could make with just some instruments like a round noticed, jigsaw, miter noticed, and a drill. For those who are interested I have a set of plans with a shopping list, cutting list, and step by step 3d assembly diagrams. Have a terrific day!