Eli picked this tree for his tree fort.
Draw up plans…
Attach a couple of 2 x 10s using 1/2 inch lag screws.
Install Hurricane Ties.
Add 2x6s on top of the beams. Eli wanted to drill in the screws so I turned the torque all the way down and let him have a shot at it… he is doing all he can to hold the drill!
I originally was going to pour concrete for the posts, but I found these concrete post blocks at home depot which was a lot easier than making sure they get below the frost line, and also makes the tree-house slightly more portable if I should ever need to move it. Attached 4×4 posts to the outer joists (with two deck screws for now, but added 3/8 x 5.5″ bolts later). Eli’s job was to make sure everything was level.
2x6s for floor boards. I left a gap between the tree and joists so it can grow a little without affecting the tree fort.
Those 45° angles are perfect… Eli leveled them to 45. We left an opening on two walls so there will be a few ways in and out.
Another side… every side is a bit different.
Discussing our plans for the two openings…
Add a climbing cargo net from Amazon…
Used two screw ground anchors to hold the other end of the net to the ground.
Added a 2×4 diagonal brace on each side. Also notice the bucket connected to a rope and pulley on the right?
Ran out of color film…
Oh, something came today, we need one more 2×4…
To support a slide!