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Hello everyone. Please bear with me as this is my first Instructable, but hopefully not my last. This should hopefully serve as a rough guide for people looking to build a treehouse. At this point I must caution you though as treehouses can be very dangerous especially if they are built high up in a tree. My treehouse was built entirely by what popped into my head at the time of construction. I had no prior experience when constructing it and simply did what I thought would work. While my treehouse did turn out to be very sturdy I would urge you to consult an expert and use high quality parts to prevent disaster.
 
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Step 1: Surveying

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Begin by finding a sturdy, suitable tree in which to build your house. I was lucky and had a perfect tree right behind my house. My treehouse is about 10 feet off the ground on the first floor and 17 feet off the ground on the second floor. The higher you go, the cooler the treehouse (in my opinion) but also the more dangerous.

Step 2: Tools And Materials

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MATERIALS:
High strength wood beams and boards
Nails or Screws
Camouflage Tarp (optional)

TOOLS:
Hammer
Tape measure
Hack saw or other type
Marker

Step 3: Entrance

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One of the biggest challenges of building a treehouse is how to actually get up into the house. I debated buying some type of ladder but ended up nailing rungs straight to the trunk of the tree. This picture is from another tree but illustrates the same idea.

Step 4: Building The Floor

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The floor is another main part of the treehouse and must be able to hold the weight of whoever is inside. The tree I used was a bit tricky since the trunk splits in two places at two different elevations. I ended up making a main floor and then a smaller platform. The main floor was constructed by making a frame of beams and then covering it with flat boards. I used thick wood boards so that it would hold my weight plus some.
OJ135796 months ago

nice

jspringer77 months ago
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I seriously doubt that is 20 feet up maybe 10 to 15 at best
jtmax248 months ago
ah, reminds me of building treehouses when I was a kid. The treehouse I built lasted for a few years until the tree destroyed it by the limbs crushing it or weather conditions. I hope you have more fun building more treehouses, the more you build the better you'll get.
ampennes8 months ago
another reason that supports should not be connected straight to the tree is because of the dynamic nature of the different limbs. in the wind the distance between the limbs changes which can put a very large stress in the supports and can either break them or pull the nails/screws right out of the tree without you noticing which is quite unsafe.