My kids made me watch every episode. Great show. Awesome treehouses! The problem? I’m now building a treehouse!
I have a large pecan tree that will act as the centerpiece to my treehouse.
I drew up my initial plan, a deck around the tree. Later, if I haven’t given up, I’ll actually keep going until there is a house on top.
I started with the posts. 8 of them around the perimeter. There will be one 6×6 post in the center for much needed support. An afterthought admittedly.
I had to build a brake for my 20-ton press to bend the 1/4″x6″ steel plates that I would use for the brackets.
I then prepped, painted, and mounted the brackets.
I used 5/8″x6″ galvanized bolts to mount the bracket to the columns. I will use 1/2″x5″ galvanized bolts to connect the beams.
Now it was time to build my first perimeter beam. I decided to use 2 2x8s glued and screwed together.
Here are the first ones mounted.
The kids helped me. Finally!!! They bolted in the very last bolt of the last perimeter beam. Thanks guys!
Now the center post is cemented in and I am fabricating a bracket that will mount to it and will hold all the cross beams that extend out to the perimeter.
Before I got too deep into the bracket project, I did a test fit. Looks like it will work!
I’ve finished the bracket and need to prep it for painting. I ground off most of the rust and will prep it with a coating of Jasco metal prep. Then paint.
Here is the painted bracket set on its post.
I’ll use (3) 5/8″x4″ lag bolts to secure the center bracket once it is correctly positioned.
The remaining photos show the progress up until now.