For my weekend project, I built a big 8'x8'x7' loft from scratch in my apartment. I'll walk you through the process, garnishing the instruction meal with appetizing quips.
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Step 1: What Yer Gonna Do...

So, this instructable is the epic saga of the construction of my new mighty loft at Fort Art=Wrong. It's longish, because I tried to take incredibly detailed pictures at every step of the construction, and after reading it, hopefully you can be a hero! Or at least build a loft...
(but you'll always be a hero in my heart)

(what am I talking about????)

(you can click the _next_ button now)
are you going to be able to stand up anywhere in your room or are you just going to scoot around on a wheeled office chair? :)
I'm a scootin tootin rockstar hoo doggie well, I'm off for another exciting bout of jittery pocket, or whatever the hell radio rental keeps talking about it
see.. once you get out of miters for a while.. maybe take up kitesurfing at poobay and meet some hot chicks (or not so hot chicks) you'll nod wisely at this sage and never ponder another word that passes his keyboard.
Hot Chicks.... let's see. I think I heard about those somewhere Does National Semiconductor sell them?
no, thats ibm's power pc you're thinking of. I was refering to the big mysterious warehouse located in subterranean cambridge that holds a wide selection of deliciously clad hotties. Doors open at the first sign of summer in boston and theyre then gathered back up in the fall to be replaced with fully clothed ice maidens with 'tude for the winter. Every city I've lived in seems to have a summer hotties warehousing dept. Like the chane of the seasons or the ebb and flow of the tide its just one of life's mysteries.
You should live down here in south Florida, summer starts about the middle of January and runs through the middle of December. all the rest is fall and spring. the schools are good to
"the schools are good to" mmm...i see....you meant "too", right?
<p>to = also</p><p>Too = excess</p><p>two = comes after one</p>
schools are good... except for **cough** the public schools... we were again rated damn near the bottom of the barrel (as far as public education goes)....<br/><br/>The Universities are another story though :P Home is in S. Florida for me -- but I go to school in central... I do enjoy only having maybe two days of actual winter :P<br/>
I'll check in with the 'mangement' to see if we should move for that sole purpose or not...
ice maidens, eh? they just melt my heart...
AWESOMENESS! We're moving to a new house at the end of the year, and I wanted to do something cool with my room...
this comment is coming late to the game. probably been said before in all the other comments but i don't have time to go thru them. sorry if this is a repeat. <br>your joints are a little over complicated. instead of using 2x4's for the perimiter, use 2x6's. 2x6 gives you room for 2 carrage bolts and eliminates the need for the diagonal braces. use 1/4&quot; diameter bolts. they're more than strong enough and easier to work with than 1/2&quot; bolts. if you notch the 2x6's into the 4x4 posts then you don't need bolts. (3) 2 1/2&quot; screws in each joint will be more than strong enough. to notch the 4x4 simply set your circular saw to 1 1/2&quot; depth. lay the 2x6 on the 4x4 and mark the top and bottom edge. make a series of cuts with the circular saw at about 1/2&quot; spacing then wack out the scrap with a hammer. see photo. at first it seems hard but it's really a very simple joint. it's very strong because all the loads are transferred directly to the post, eliminating the need for carrage bolts, and it's very stable and wont wobble. <br> <br>you can still use 2x4's to support the plywood platfform. instead of doing the middle cross pieces, simply run (2) 2x4's together that will support the plywood edge. for each plywood should have a 2x around the edge and (2) intermediates (16&quot; o.c.). so you need a total of (4) 2x6's and (6) 2x4's. <br> <br>since this was posted in 2006 i'm sure that this loft is long gone and you guys have moved on with your lives. i wanted to comment anyway so anyone else planning on a loft may find the comment helpful. <br> <br>another trick is to screw leveling feet into each 4x4 post. it'll keep the post from damaging the floor. with older buildings (and far to many new ones) the floors aren't level so the feet will help to stabalize the loft. <br>http://www.amazon.com/T-Nut-Cabinet-Furniture-Levelers-4/dp/B0037MKJ2M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1316784179&amp;sr=8-1 <br> <br>
I decided to make a smaller loft, similar to some others I found here on Instructables, but used your clever notching process to rather good effect. I put the notches two feet down a 4x4 post, and since I measured carefully, the 2x6 fits snugly into the notch, wedged in top and bottom, with a carriage both to secure it! Built this for my kids to occupy when they come stay with me. They're going to LOVE it, thanks to you! Thank you, and thank the OP!
I envy your high ceilings.
The idea of building a structure within a rented room makes sense. Instead of fixing up the landlord's space, focus on your cube. you could add hammocks, hanging chairs, shelves, fold out table, a projector for your flicks on a screen that doubles as a space divider. When evicted or exiled, disassemble like a yurt for the next rental/squat.
Nicely done project !<br><br>Back in my college days I built many similar structures, may I suggest the inclusion of deck-joist hanger type hardware to enhance the strength of the joins and assure the true alignment of such.
youre right about the picture, it helped a lot. thank you!
how much did all of this cost you, approximately?
love your sense of humor, dude. Thanks for the book cover.
I built one of these in my Apt. in Burlington, Vermont. I think I used 6x6 upright beams.Not sure though. Too long ago. It was a smokey time in the 70's. Nice job. Love your bicycle transport thingy. How far did you have to go from the Lumber yard to your place ? Cool, that's saving gas and getting exersize at the same time! Awesome dude!
love your style - this loft bed totally rocks! and of course you gotta have good music to listen to while you do a project like this.<br><br>also, love that you have your bits of wood lying on your mattress as you prep for building - <br>unless people have lived in TINY or awkward spaces they have no idea how there's no space while you're building something that will give you more space!<br><br>you've inspired me- I CAN make my tiny little room into a bedroom!<br><br>thank you<br>
correct&nbsp; 2x4s and 4x4s&nbsp; and 1x6s and 2x12s&nbsp; are never actually those dimensions,&nbsp; they used to be but they are not any more,&nbsp; it has something to do with the finishing process,&nbsp; it is so they wont rot or bow as quickly if i am not mistaken<br />
Correct. Initially, members are cut true to their dimensions. The fresh (wet) wood needs to be cured (dried) however, which results in warping, bending, bowing, etc. After this has occurred, the members are planed into more techtonically agreeable forms.<br><br>Site note: The difference between the nominal and actual dimensions of lumber is increasing (in the U.S.) because we've used up all of our good quality wood. As a result, we now use wood that grows faster so it is cheaper but not as strong, and deforms more severely when curing.
you made your bike trailer too....NICE!!!!!!!!!
Ah! I have that chair in a wavy gray. Got it at the thrift store for $6. Love it. :)
hmm if my room wasnt 5 feet tall at the walls this would be awesome
THAT bike is NOT pink!<br><br>(did you paint the bike during the same weekend ;) ?
two different bikes, yo!
<br>Can that bird in the picture ride a bike-trailer?
That's sooooo PINK!
that really is one weird as hell bike...
Milwaukee FTW!!!<br />
It looks like you put the bolt on one end through horizontally and on the other end vertically. I think the brace would be stronger if you could put both in horizontally. But to do this you would need to have the surfaces where the brace attaches be in the same vertical plane, which is where the suggestion about recessing the stalks into the trunks someone made on a previous page would come in handy.<br />
how sturdy is it <br /> <br />
This is awesome. You are hysterical also, I love you! Thank you for posting this.
What about a guy with no arms and legs under a bundle of leaves?<br /> <br /> Russel!
You could eliminate a lot of possible "racking", boards twisting around the bolts, by making several cuts in the 4x4 w/circular saw, 1 1/2 inches deep and the width of 2x4. Then with a chisel and hammer, remove the cut pieces. It sounds very involved but is very simple and makes for a much stronger connection. Basically you are recessing the 2x4 into the 4x4. For a cleaner look without much trouble you could drill some holes that would let you recess the bolts into the 4x4 and 2x4.
This thing is seriously built, if it's in a position where it&nbsp;CAN rack it's already breaking.<br />
Your cuts would be square if you used a miter/table saw, but if it was a hand-held circ. they probably weren't.<br />
When I built my loft, instead of 4x4's which are expensive, I nailed 2- 2x4's together, back to back. As far as being smaller then 2"x 4", I heard that is how big the lumber is when it is cut at the mill, but shrinks when dried prior to shipment. Or so I heard.
Does it actually work, cause if so i may try it...
thanks for all your ideas. i need to do this to my place in Hawai'i.
This rocks! But I have to ask. . .Do you rent or own? If I did this in my apartment I would get evicted!
Evicted over a lightweight piece of furniture? Or did I miss some alterations to the building in the instructable?
Nice pic.. I cant tell if its a real seal or a bronze statue... Great pic!
No monkey, I prefer the seal.
hahahahaha a drag
Your sense of humor is nowhere near as good as you think it is, man. The loft owns and you did a great job documenting it but PLEASE don't try to be funny in your future instructables! It is painful to look at.
I thought it made it better, so screw you.

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