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How To Build Treehouses, Huts And Forts

A treehouse is a wonderful idea, but how in the name of creation do you actually build one? In this delightfully illustrated handbook, David Stiles, the unofficial world grandmaster of the treehouse, shows how. Not assuming anything about the treehouse builder, Stiles starts with the basics: how to nail, how to buy wood, what kind of screws and nails to use. Then it's on to an A-frame design so simple that it can be built in a weekend out of four sheets of plywood, followed by lean-tos, a tree hut, and a Tarzan-style jungle hideaway. There are also forts of every description, including a 21-foot-tall lookout tower modeled on one George Washington built to keep an eye on the redcoats. Stiles also adds a design for a snowball catapult, an igloo and even a Nerf-loaded cannon. Written for children, with an adult peeking over their shoulder, Stiles's TREEHOUSES, HUTS, & FORTS is a dreamer's handbook, offering practical results.

Paperback: 96 pages

Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2003)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1592281923

ISBN-13: 978-1592281923

Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Most kids, if not all, dream of building a treehouse. It is a very powerful dream that many times does not happen because the task and resources needed to build a treehouse are formidable. This book can make the dream a wonderful reality. The treehouse, of course, must be built by the kids and this book is step-by-step making that quite possible. Parents can help out with the kids permission. A parent that gives this book to a kid dreaming of a treehouse will be a hero in the kid's eyes.

As a person who lived in a treehouse for 3 years, and was looking for a basic how-to book for a friend, I was disappointed--this is how-to down to how to buy 2x4s and pull nails. Not good for a skilled (or even somewhat skilled) adult, but this book is EXACTLY the sort of thing I would have wanted as a kid: all the basics, lots of advice, and would have been great for a mom- and/or dad-and-me project.

This book is extremely awesome and has a special section on stuff to build like snowforts, catapults, and cannons. The forts are really awesome. Great buy.

My kids are desparate for a tree house or fort in the back yard. After pricing commercially available options, I decided that I could build one for a fraction of what a Play Nation solution would cost. So, I started looking for plans. I saw these Stiles publications (Treehouses and other Cool Stuff and Tree Houses, Huts and Forts.)at , and thought they looked promising.Well, "promising" just about describes it. There plan for Fort Bravo in this book fits the bill for my kids, and these come with material lists, but the detail - especially for building the roof - is simply inadequate. I've never built a house, so am unfamiliar with construction techniques for building a roof. Additional research will be required to build either fort.

We have used this book time and again! The illustrations are wonderful and the details are very workable. The plans are very interesting and full of great information and suggestions. I am genuinely thankful for this book!

Bought this book for a Christmas gift for a child that has a dream of building a tree house. Nice book and easy for him to understand and relate to for the age of 10-12

This educator & now novelist, as an adventure-lovin' boy, lived in the country and LOVED building forts, huts and especially TREEHOUSES! When I discovered this paperbound booklet of drawings, in color, I beat a path to to order it, YES! It sits proudly out front on one of my special shelves, in case I get a hankering to browse thru it over and over, now, as one of those adults!!! BUT, WAIT....this Yogi Bare, deep inside, IS proud of being a "secret treehouse boy." Never losing my sense of adventure and imagination!!!

Our son enjoyed this book years ago from the library, but he still requested his own copy for his birthday. He's read other similar books, but this is his favorite.

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