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The monster truck play fort is something me and my son have been talking about for several years and after I got my hands on a set of six foot tall tractor tires we had to make it a reality, so I drew a rough set of plans and got started. I set four posts in concrete, we used some logs from a friend's property, and built a lifted platform on the posts.  The truck body was framed up with 2x4's, sheeted in plywood, and painted. A trap door was built into the floor of the platform, and a ladder was made from 2x4's.  We lag bolted the tires to the monster truck fort platform, we filled the bottom of the tires with sand, so my son could play with his toys in them. 

Step 1: What you will need

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4 huge tires. 
4 sturdy posts, we used logs. 
16 80lb bags of concrete. 
2 16ft 2x6's. 
11 8ft 2x6's. 
52 8ft 2x4's.
36 4in 3/8 lag bolts with washers.
4 4ftx8ft sheets of plywood flooring.
8 4ftx8ft sheets of OSB for the walls. 
Nails and wood screws, 3in-3.5in for framing and 1.5in-2.5in for securing plywood. 
3 gallons of Paint or stain to provide some waterproofing. 
Wood cutting saws, we used a compound miter saw, circular saw, and a reciprocating saw. 
Drill and bits, 
Ratchet and socket to drive in the lag bolts. 
Hammer and pneumatic nail gun. 
Tape measure. 
Carpenters square.
onemoroni11 year ago
Great build for you and your son. It's nice to fulfill your ideas. I can see you adding lights, seat, steering wheel, and other accessories. Post a follow up pic.
troopersmachine (author)  onemoroni11 year ago
Thank you.
We definitely plan to add some more to the fort, we have collected a steering wheel and a seat. I will posts more photos after we add more accessories.
cody3051 year ago
You must live in an area that allows you to build strange projects in your backyard, correct? What will you do with your Monster Truck Fort when your son is too old to play in it anymore (just curious) ?
troopersmachine (author)  cody3051 year ago
I live in a rural area outside of any city limits, I don't think my monster truck is really that strange of a structure. It is after all just a partially covered deck.
I am not sure what I will do with it, probably keep it until I have grandkids that can enjoy it. As of right now the dogs sure seem to enjoy napping in the shade underneath it.
killbox1 year ago
It would be a good idea to drill a bunch of large holes into the bottoms of those tires, so they dont capture rain and become mosquito breeding grounds.
troopersmachine (author)  killbox1 year ago
I agree the tires would be mosquito breeding grounds if allowed to fill up with water. In step 7 I suggested drilling drain holes in the tires before filling them with sand.
Tazmjm691 year ago
Very cool idea! All my Dad built me was a plain old tree house
troopersmachine (author)  Tazmjm691 year ago
A plain tree house is better than no tree house.
My dad built us a platform fort when I was a kid, it was a simple square enclosure with a trapdoor and a small deck. It was a lot of fun but I wanted to build something a little more personal with my son.
Yeah, I liked my tree house, but yours is much cooler and imaginative! Take care.
tbaltz1 year ago
troopersmachine (author)  tbaltz1 year ago
Great stuff!
troopersmachine (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
bakunin1 year ago
This is such a cool and creative fort design!
Extra points for clever use of a monkey's fist knot for the trapdoor handle.
troopersmachine (author)  bakunin1 year ago
I thought it would be fun to throw a monkey fist into the project.
Oh, my god, good.
troopersmachine (author)  David Symonds1 year ago
mbourhan1 year ago
Very nice,
Any plans for defence equipment ?
troopersmachine (author)  mbourhan1 year ago
we don't have any plans yet for defense equipment, a water cannon of some kind might be fun.