My sister and I have always wanted to build a tree house, ever since we knew what a tree house was. But we never had the time, money or know-how... until now.
A lot of kids will go out with a hammer and some nails and some 2x4's they found in the garage and try to build a tree platform... But we did some research and are doing it the right way. For instance: our big 2x10's are each fixed at one end by a single 6" lag screw (to avoid compartmentalization), and at the other end by a bracket so that the trees can sway without breaking the boards or shearing any lag screws.
Once we have these beams up in the trees, we will work on putting a deck platform on top of the foundation, but we won't get to that during break.
This has been a great final "hurrah" for the end of winter break!
|Our initial scouting yielded this perfect location!|
|I can just see us having a picnic lunch up there next summer.|
|Initial concept sketches.|
|On the way home from Home Depot. The 14' one is on the roof.|
|Got up bright and early... for once.|
|I had to blaze a trail out there, because a bunch of brambles had gone rampant all over the place.|
|This picture is just to show that goofy grins run in the family. (It's not just me.)|
|A view from above as we put in the first beam.|
|The first beam installed.|
So what does all this have to do with aerospace? I dunno, maybe making friends with the rocket-eating trees is a good way to get them to leave you alone...