A Tree Fort for a 4 year old

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Project by Terry Miller posted 03-06-2012 12:25 AM 2502 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Bole of the tree fort is weeping pussywillow that had an incredible snarl of intertwining branches. The platforms are diagonal slices of an apple branch. The rungs and window frames are cypress. All from my backyard! The figures are a Melissa & Doug 6” family. I used a Ryobi Detail Carver to de-bark the pussywillow. I diagonally bandsawed the apple branch and ran the slices through the thickness planer.

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 01:22 AM

That is very cool, good job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 01:39 AM

That looks like a really cool fort.


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#3 posted 03-06-2012 04:30 AM

Wacky, fun, exotic. All things in one. Art and function. Nice.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 07:59 AM

This is the kind of toy a child needs. It opens a door to creativety and imagination. With only a little flag or a piece of cloth in the right color this fort wil be a fairy castle for a princess, a treehouse for elves, a pirates nest, ...
Love the way you sugest inner space by making windows and the variety of rope actions you added.

-- Douwe

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 02:26 PM

Great way to stimulate imagination in a four year old, of course I hope you realize that as soon as the
child sees a tree they think is large enough, you are going to get a request for a real one. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 04:27 PM

Aww, very nice, love this!!

-- Michael and Matthew

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