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Contents Acknowledgments 8 Introduction 9 Chapter 1: Basic Building Information 13 Tools, lumber and materials Sawhorses How to saw through a piece of lumber Bolts, nails and screws "Secret" glue Posts Railings (rope and branch) Doors and windows Skylights Loft Chapter 2: Building a Treehouse "Planned" structures vs. "Build as You Go" Tree expansion and tree movement Installing lag screws Threaded rod Flexible connections Rope, knots, chain, wire rope, cable and turnbuckles Beams and braces Access to treehouse Flexible collars Chapter 3: Three Treehouse Designs (with step-by-step instructions) Basic Treehouse Treeless Treehouse Hobbit Treehouse Chapter 4: Four Playhouse Designs (with step-by-step instructions) Playhouse Introduction Pie-rat Ship Playhouse Pie-rat Ship party Pirate speak Pirate's cutlass Victorian Playhouse Hobbit Playhouse Shed Playhouse Chapter 5: Accessories Ladder hoist Simple swings Speak easy Zip line Message board Secret lock box Trash box Crow's nest Bridges Drawbridge Secret escape hatch Hoists Pulleys and baskets Pirate ship accessories Chapter 6: Fantasy Play Structures Meditation Tree Hut Delta Wing Space Vehicle Dragon Playhouse Jet Racer Swinging Treehouse Playhouse headboard Suspended Monster Playhouse Accessible playground ideas for all children Chapter 7: Photography Section Chapter 8: Resources Index
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