Introduction: A Post Apocalypse, Post Global Warming Igloo OR the Playhive - a Climbing Frame for Baby Goats or Children

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I found this idea on the internet here and thought that with a bit of modification I could make something that was practical, useful and most importantly CHEAP

Their version was for children and was all screwed together, I have built mine to entertain and amuse my 2 baby goats (Baaabara and Margoat!) so have nailed it all (cheaper and quicker!)

I have modified a little as I wanted a different shape and a platform for the girls to lie on.

So it is all made from short bits of 2x4 and a load of nails!

All I had to buy was the nails (I used about 4.5 kg of 75mm (3 inch) galvanised nails, so total cost was about $25 (NZ)

Step 1: Gather Materials

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This is a really simple project. Just about all of the wood is offcuts from framing timber that I have gathered from building sites, skips, and framing companies - they were happy to give it away as they just have to pay for disposal and it goes to landfill.

An added bonus was that a lot of the pieces were already cut to the lengths that I needed, saving me a lot of work!

Step 2: A Jig to Make Drilling Easier

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I made a little jig to allow me to pre drill the nail holes (just less effort when it comes to nailing it all together)

It's just a bit of ply with a right angle screwed to it to allow accurate location and then clamped in my pillar drill.

In the end it wasnt really necessary (only a few knotty pieces resisted nailing)

Step 3: The Wood

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Most of my wood was already cut at the correct lengths, however I had a few longer bits that I just chopped down on my Compound Mitre Saw

Step 4: Layer 1

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It's important to get the first set up correct, so I put a 6inch nail in the ground and marked out a 6 foot diameter circle with a piece of string.

I then layed out the first layer of wood "bricks"

These are at 30 degree intervals and I located each into the ground using a 6inch nail through the centre of each, Thoughtbarn says to leave a gap for the door, I decided to have a step over instead

Use the templates in the pdf ^ for the gaps between each "brick" - I printed out all the templates and ran them through the laminator then cut around them so they don't disintergrate in use!

Step 5: Layer 2 Etc...

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So Layer 2 is offset to join the "bricks" of layer 1 (again use the template) - to be honest you can do it without the templates as you just position "by eye"

Layer 3 I aligned by eye above Layer 1

Rinse -repeat!

Step 6: Layer 4 Onward

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On this layer I started to build the entry door, Instead of the 12 inch "bricks" I cut some 4 inch one for the door jambs. I also used some larger 12x6 pieces as "stepping stones" to climb the outside

Step 7: Layer 8+

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Above layer 8, I started to reduce the block size (initially to 11 inches) and I started to taper inwards. There is a different spacing template for each layer above layer 8 so I made sure I had the correct one each time!

Step 8: And Carry On....

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So I departed a bit from the plans and built the 9 inch and 8 inch sections but then capped off with a flat platform for the goats to "contemplate their empire" --- seems to have worked


window.close (author)2016-10-31

What? I read through all of this and there's no video of them playing? This is an outrage! I demand cute goats playing! :-P

GoddessOdd (author)window.close2016-10-31

Absolutely right. Adorable goats playing on their hive would be the logical conclusion to this tutorial. I second the demand. I at least want to see a goat climb the hive, if not actual frolicking.

window.close (author)GoddessOdd2016-10-31

This would be highly appreciated. Please provide those moments of goat joy!

buck2217 (author)window.close2016-10-31

I will see what I can do, but am somewhat of a technophobe when it comes to video!! I could perhaps get a zombie goat as a nod to the time of year and the post apocalyptic completion, I know I have a dead chicken somewhere if that would suffice!

buck2217 (author)buck22172016-10-31

I could probably also muster a video of the new puppy trying to eat the goats while the rescue rooster attacks my wife!!

window.close (author)buck22172016-10-31

If I'd had to choose that would be it. Reminds me of the 10 plus chicken trying to eat my mothers red toenails after confusing them with cherries. She ran, screamed and laughed at the same time.

buck2217 made it! (author)window.close2016-11-01

I apologise profusely, however will not be able to add video until the weekend, in the meantime may I placate you with this picture of Goats in Coats (so much more satisfying than Cats in Hats!)

buck2217 (author)buck22172016-11-05

OK so I've added a bit of video, unfortunately they don't frolic on demand, despite me asking. In fact they said "Dad, we don't frolic, we Gambol!, look it up in the ispy book of ovine play terms!!" so I said "well, do some Gambolling then" and Margoat said I'm sorry we can't as we struggle to hold the cards with cloven hooves, and Baaabara has eaten the ball from the roulette table" I said "no Gambol, not gamble" to which they replied "you're not the boss of us you know, and by the way my real name is Seraphina and hers is Eric, if you want us to act the goat then we want to be addressed properly" --- So I went to bed!

GoddessOdd (author)buck22172016-11-06

I am not sure which is Margoat and which is Baaabara (or Seraphina and Eric) but they are both utterly chaaaaaaaarming and seem to be living in a goat paradise, enriched by the goat hive. Great project, great goats. Love the goats. Do you milk them?

buck2217 (author)GoddessOdd2016-11-06

Margoat(Seraphina) is the black one Baaabara (Eric) the white one, named for characters in the BBC series The Good Life (try YouTube) Barbara Good (Felicity Kendall), Margot Leadbetter (Penelope Keith)

window.close (author)buck22172016-11-06

It's perfect! Tell them they are right to keep their lives free of strange requests by those internet people.

GoddessOdd (author)buck22172016-11-01

a perfect 10 on the adorable meter. I want goats that I can dress up too!

buck2217 (author)GoddessOdd2016-11-01

I'll post you one!!

GoddessOdd (author)buck22172016-11-01

two please, one would be lonely without playmates =o]

window.close (author)buck22172016-11-01

Perfect! Thank you :-)

guy90 (author)2016-11-05

Phwaoor, I love it! If there's one thing I'd suggest it'd be a little preservative for all year round use. That and my garden is sorta like the surface of mars, so I've put some slabs down to keep it all straight! Might save it from sinking too, thanks for the info

buck2217 (author)guy902016-11-05

It will be sprayed when I get time. The ground is free draining (we are on top of a hill) and pretty firm

MadeByGloria (author)2016-10-31

I'm not one of those people who jump on every project and declare that it's dangerous. Just one thing, though. If you build this, please check on your kids (especially the four-legged ones) often when they play around this. My best friend's mom's goat got its hoof stuck in the fork of a tree and died before they found it. Very sad.

That said, this is a cute and clever use of mill ends.

buck2217 (author)MadeByGloria2016-10-31

This is probably the least dangerous plaything they have in the paddocks! (They have already wrecked the hen coops by "weight testing" the chicken wire on them!)

But we do keep an eye on them, wifey works from home and they are put away at night

jessyratfink (author)2016-10-31

awwww, what a great project! they look very happy :D

buck2217 (author)jessyratfink2016-10-31

Thanks - and not in the least bit mischievous!!

parisusa (author)2016-10-29

Lucky babies! They obviously love their new mountain! Thank you for sharing!

buck2217 (author)parisusa2016-10-29

You are welcome

Anirudh Ralhan (author)2016-10-29

Such a simple yet good build... Love it!!!

buck2217 (author)Anirudh Ralhan2016-10-29


TwelveFoot (author)2016-10-29

Very cool, now I want goats :/

What's the half-pipe thing on the front of your drill press?

buck2217 (author)TwelveFoot2016-10-29

That's the swarf guard - I guess I should use it really! ;-)

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