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We decided to build a pirate ship for my grandson...this is how we did it.  

I started by drawing out some basic sketches of what I thought would be a cool look and worked out some basic engineering ideas.  Our idea was to capitalize on the standard sizes of decking/treated lumber available to minimize waste.  We also designed the playground so that all activities could be watched from the back porch of the house (swings, slide, entrance, etc.)
 
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Step 1: Layout

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We designed the bottom deck to be 4'x8'.  We put together the outside frame first, squared it off, and positioned it where we wanted the playground to go.  I then had my son-in-law dig the holes for the 6 each 2x4x8 posts.

After placing the posts in the holes we leveled the frame and attached them together using lag screws.  Make sure you drill pilot holes to guide your lag screws and ensure the frame is attached level, square, and securely.  

We then poured quickcrete around the posts.


Step 2:

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Next we repeated the steps for the second level.  We determined the height of the second deck from the recommended height of the slide we purchased at Home Depot  (approximately 51").  At first we mirrored the top deck to the bottom deck but soon realized we needed to extend the back of the ship to give us symmetry due to the bow coming off the front.  We replaced the 8' sides with 10' sides and let the additional 2' extend towards the back.
skipernicus5 months ago

This is the greatest playhouse!

wyldestyle6 months ago
thumbs up... especially like the off kilter clubhouse...
duresti11 months ago
I love this as our son is starting to watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Keep up the good work.
ekireva1 year ago
Nice job.
l8nite2 years ago
Thats an AWESOME play structure ! I need to share this with my sonNlaw. May I suggest you change your 1st picture for one of the finished structure though
lemaster63 (author)  l8nite2 years ago
Done! Thanks for the idea.
lafnbear2 years ago
Are you pretty much the best GrandDad ever?; yes, you Argharr!
tim_n lafnbear2 years ago
Made me laugh - reminds me of my favorite pirate joke

"why are pirates called pirates?" - "because the arrrrrr!"