Tuesday, 19 February 2013

I Wood; Woodn't I.



I've just struggled home; desperately overloaded with six 4 metre planks loosely tied to the top of the compact Royce. 5 by 15 by 400 cms really didn't sound that big when I ordered them, but when I went to collect them they looked HUGE.

I drove the 20 kms home at about 15 kph, with every bump and pot-hole sounding as if it would tear the 'roof rack' from its fixings. But, amazingly, all went well.

The wood is Stage One of a tree house for my grandsons. I plan to build a three story aerial adventure park, that might well become four, or even five, stories in time. The tree (an Oak) is big enough, and my imagination fertile. These planks will form the basis of the first two floors, as well as the basic staircase structures, it's now just a matter of getting a lot more wood, and getting it all nailed together.

More photo's will, of course, follow in time!


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31 comments:

  1. Lucky boys! That's some project. What a good granddad!

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  2. Looking forward to seeing the construction progress!!

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  3. Oo lucky grandsons - every child's dream and lucky you having an oak big enough to build in. Can't wait to see it.

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  4. Oh wow! Can I come round and play?

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  5. Of course, my dear fellow, you've loaded those planks in quite the incorrect way. My Boy's Book of Motorin' Etiquetty - page 323, paragraph 4, see diagram 11a - states quite clearly that anythin' over two metres should be balanced sideways through the rear windows and on-coming motorists should be warned with the use of a red flag waved out of the sunroof. You've been away from England far too long Sir, far too long.

    Tsk tsk.

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    1. I very nearly unwrapped my sandwiches, and used my spotted red hanky for a flag, but then.... this IS France.

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  6. And an observatory right at the top, no doubt?

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  7. How soon do you intend the construction to be made? Will it be big enough for adults as well? (I am thinking of it as a guest-house for when I come and visit...)

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    1. I was hoping to have started yesterday, but I felled a huge Aspen tree, and now have several days of clearing up and chopping to do. How does winter 2016 sound?

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    2. Perfect - I'll book the flights and buy myself a hot water-bottle.

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  8. O I'm excited about this project, I always wanted to build one when the lads were young. I have the tree but I had no idea where to start. I look forward to seeing this progress. Maybe I'll learn something in time for my Grandchildren x

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  9. what excitement...there's something magical about a tree house I think!!!

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    1. Me too, Jerry. I've always loved them.

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  10. Somehow I know this will be the best kind of tree house. Enjoy the project. Lucky boys!

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  11. Double the fun. You will have a blast building it and then....oh the fun when the lads see it and make a mad dash for it.

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  12. The boys will love you even more. You are one wonderful grandfather for taking on this big project.

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  13. You might consider a truck for all your ambitions. Can't wait to see the tree house. The kids are going to love it!!!

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  14. What fun! I always loved treehouses, and i've no doubt the one you build will be delightful.

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  15. I have never had the pleasure of being in a tree house. It sounds wonderful, and you are a creative and indulgent (in a good way) grand papa. Can't wait to watch it evolve!

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  16. Let’s see....large amounts of heavy lumber, heaps of nails, old man, ladders and a very large tree. Sounds like a recipe for trouble. This is a direct quote from my mother when I built one for my grandkids.

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    1. This is what I've been saying to myself!

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  17. I hope you are a big show off because this will be fun to watch.

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  18. Better hurry up Cro as they are getting so tall by the last pics.Two storey cubby houses are popular over here and I love some of them as they are so lovely with little verandahs and play areas underneath,it is sad to see the children grow out of them quite quickly,our friend Warrick built his little girls one and i can walk in and sit down while she cooks me dinner on her wooden appliances,she keeps it beautiful with flowers on the table and all,Jess loves her little one room cottage and so do I.I see a lot of the ones turned into chicken houses,these of course are not up in trees.I think there is nothing so fantastic as a "real" tree house.Very exciting for us your followers.

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  19. Ollie and Harvey J are going to be in their element when they see what Grampy's building for them.

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  20. I am 55 and still dream of having a tree house!

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  21. Glad you got home safe and sound. I'm with Kath; I want a treehouse to!

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  22. What a sweet plan for them! And they'd better be grateful.

    Is it bad that I spontaneously did the math on how long your drive was?

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    1. If X equals the distance, and Y is the speed, what is Y over X.......?

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  23. A chap down the road from where I live built one for his four children. I don't think they live in the house anymore! Make sure you have wide steps so that you can visit. Hopefully we don't get to see any bandages or crutches in your future posts. hehe! Sue

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