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BoBo 03-29-2013 10:16 PM

Tree Houses
 
Way off topic but I can't find the thread about tree houses that I've seen at some point in the last 7 years.

Have 3 bottle brush trees in the back yard that i want to put a tree house in for the kids.

They are about 8ft apart so I'm aiming to create a triangular platform, connected at the corners, resting in the crook of the trees without being attached to the tree. 8ft x 6ft triange

Then another triangle coming off that onto a stilt on a concrete pier, about 8ft by 4ft.

All about 5ft off the ground.

Questions:

Lag bolt to the tree or keep it free floating if possible?
How to attached the platform to itself - nuts and bolts, big screws, nails?
Is 8ft too long a span (using redwood 2x4s) without a stilt under it to support it?
Ideas on bracing between the frame to connect the long runs?

63VDub 03-30-2013 12:11 PM

I would strap around the tree, not bolt into it.
Remember, nails are for temporary scab structures only. Bolts/screws are for permanent installations.
I would laminate 2x6s for the floor beams to keep things solid.


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