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Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« on: September 05, 2016, 05:41:14 AM »
Update @ post 25 ..all done!

The treehouse has proven to be a popular destination for visitors. The only complaint has been from some folks about getting down to it. Our stairs down to it were rickity at best and had no rail. I set out to change that. A 8 x 8 landing/deck with new steps with a hand rail down to the tree. Gonna take me a few weeks. Will update my progress.

Here is what I started with.



The stairs of death.



I wanted it to be square to and centered to the deck. I used a string from the treehouse corners to position my construction. I worked from these two stakes.



My corners.



Set my front corners first and worked out from there.



Trimmed off the front post next.



Two more post and the side band next.



Back band and joist added yesterday.



So far so good!

Questions or comments welcome.

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« Last Edit: October 22, 2016, 04:03:57 PM by upthecreek »
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2016, 06:14:46 AM »
Lookin' good!
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2016, 06:50:52 AM »
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Looking fine so far!
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PS - Just a thought , but maybe ya might want to put down some black plastic under the deck with something on top to hold it down, to keep the grass/seeds,etc. from growing underneath the deck. Don't know if you have trouble there, with things growing up under where ya can't keep it out or trimmed though. might be easier to do now then after the decking is on.


Anyway, G'luck!
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2016, 06:58:05 AM »
You do good work. I'm wondering if that is a drainage trough from the shed to that lower corner of the lawn?
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2016, 09:33:56 AM »
Looks like a good plan from what I can see.

I like the aesthetics of that tree house with the windows, central door, and foliage growing around it.  The front of that house is an inviting view.   
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2016, 09:49:31 AM »
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Questions or comments welcome.

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How do you plan on constructing the risers for the stairs?
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2016, 10:26:16 AM »
Looks like a great start.....keep us posted.
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2016, 11:07:33 AM »
I guess that will work for the walk back to the top, but I still wish there was a zip line! :banana:
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2016, 11:45:32 AM »
UTC, in the last pic there is a post in the corner on the right side, at the back. Almost looks like it is a short piece that doesn't go to the ground, is that the case?

I think you are calling the tree house side the back of the deck. I would suggest you run a beam (double. 2X glued and nailed (screwed) together, underneath the joists on the back end. That might be strong enough for your span, but it would be nice to have a post in the center for the beam to sit on. On the ends you might find a hanger, or maybe glue and screw a piece to the posts for the beam to rest on at the ends.

Even though the front is nearly on grade it wouldn't hurt to double that rim board, and again sitting on something rather than hanging on lags, screws, or whatever fastener you have.

I might double-up the sides, and (or ) put a post directly underneath in the center. As well use joist hangers and utility clips in the corners. The span does look kinda short there, so with a beam across the back you might no need this side support.

Got any plans like this before continuing?

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2016, 12:39:40 PM »
I am curious why the supporting 4x4's on the downhill side aren't in the corners. Perhaps it will be clear as the build progresses.
Just for reference, are those 2x8's, with a 2x6 across the uphill side?  Is the deck itself about 8' x 8'?
You'll probably want joist spacers for rigidity. Doesn't have to be over-kill on a simple deck. One spacer in the first gap, 2 in the second, 1 in the 3rd, etc.
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2016, 01:50:59 PM »
For those that may not know, this is the thread on UTC's treehouse build.

http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=9979.0
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2016, 03:40:18 PM »
For those that may not know, this is the thread on UTC's treehouse build.

http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=9979.0


Thanks! Almost plumb fergot...
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2016, 05:29:24 PM »
This might answer a few questions. First, I love to cantilever things.



I didn't do much today but I did put in the first post for the steps. these will support the end of the deck and stairs and hand rail. I'm not worried about the strength of my construction (it's all bolted together with 3/8 lags and carriage bolts). I have little doubt it will out live me. To answer OP's question, the risers will attach to a board attached to the rail posts below the deck. It will be installed in a few more steps. Once I'm that far along I'll run a string to the ground and that is where I will build phase two. Another landing. From there I will find my height do a little math and start cutting some expensive boards. That's a ways off yet.

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2016, 06:03:41 PM »
...To answer OP's question, the risers will attach to a board attached to the rail posts below the deck. It will be installed in a few more steps. Once I'm that far along I'll run a string to the ground and that is where I will build phase two. Another landing. From there I will find my height do a little math and start cutting some expensive boards. That's a ways off yet.

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I absolutely suck at cutting risers. A framer's square might as well be the Antikythera mechanism to me! :crazy: So...I'm fan of the blind staircase.
For my root cellar, for example, I used two 2x10's for the main risers. I just fastened 2x4 cleats at the appropriate spacing (7 1/2" rise), and inserted double 2x6 steps. The ol' K.I.S.S. approach. Since the steps were only 30" wide, I didn't need any center support.
Of course, if you're like some guys I know who can step off risers like buttering toast, I'd put a 3rd riser in the center of those wide stairs. But that's just me.
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2016, 06:38:20 PM »
Mine are going to be 30 inches OP. One post is still missing.

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2016, 11:29:47 PM »
Just as an aside, I spent years drilling and threading lag bolts, washers and nuts through 2-by stock in the interest of strength.
Then I found these jewels a few years ago.  My last two decks/porches were lagged together with these, 3 to a joint.
The Spax Torx Head lag screws with washer heads.  The 3/8" x 5" ones have a sheer strength of 1,200 lbs.  Times 3, those boards aren't going anywhere.


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Stairway to the treehouse ~ phase 2
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2016, 11:38:17 AM »
Did the last little bit of framing for the upper deck. Need to get my location for the lower landing. Started that today. The landing platform will be 4x4. Onward with the post hole diggers!



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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ phase 2 complete!
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2016, 07:30:13 PM »
I got the framing on the lower landing done. Planted my poles to support the stringers and the back of the landing.



Got the landing framed up. Gonna cut my stringers this week. Be 2 weeks till I do anything else. Next thing to complete is decking the landing. I'm liking it so far.

View from the treehouse.



Onward and upward.



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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ phase 3
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2016, 07:10:00 PM »
Got the landing done.



Cut my risers without messing up



Got the treads set.



Slow process but it is coming along.

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ phase 2 complete
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2016, 07:17:42 PM »
That is going to really be nice.  Fits in, in my opinion, to the whole site.
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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2016, 07:20:39 PM »
Nice work, coming along.......Thanks for posting.
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ phase 2 complete
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2016, 09:09:43 PM »
Looks like a pro is doing it!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2016, 11:39:51 PM »
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ phase 2 complete
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2016, 02:53:03 PM »
Looking real good creek!  I will be needing to make something similar so this give me a good idea of a starting point!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ phase 2 complete
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2016, 05:54:39 PM »
I'm not a carpenter and there are plenty of little flaws. This is therapy for me. I really enjoy projects like this. Outside, messing with wood and different tools and making something very useful that will be a friend for a long time. The stairs and landing fitting together has been my most challenging project I've completed. Worked on my brain but I did it. Being able to walk into the edge of the woods with a handrail will be nice.

Get busy ODE,

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished!! ~
« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2016, 04:01:57 PM »
I'm happy to report I've pretty much knocked this project out. The last thing was the railing. I finished that up today except for 2 lower boards on the steps. My screw gun died on me so I'll have to bring my one from work home and finish that little task up next week. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and it sure make getting down to thw wood line much easier ans safer.







Here is how it all fits together.



Few details and it's a wrap!  :chopwood:

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2016, 04:50:08 PM »
Very nice job, creek.  You should be proud.  I know I would be!
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2016, 06:06:04 PM »
Nice job.  Looks very inviting
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2016, 07:44:55 PM »
For being "not a carpenter", you done good, dude! Nice twin to the deck! Good job.
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2016, 08:48:19 PM »
Looks great Creek!

It definitely will be a lot less daunting for your guests.

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2016, 09:01:25 PM »
Looks great and balances nicely with the treehouse......NICE JOB! :thumbsup: :hail:





........but STILL no zip line. :shrug: :lol:
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #31 on: October 23, 2016, 05:00:33 AM »
Thank fellas!  :cheers:

Sorry wolfy, I just can man up to a zip line. My homeowners  probably would be to crazy about it either.  :rofl:

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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2016, 10:02:00 AM »
That came out great.....very nice.....You can be proud.
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Re: Stairway to the treehouse ~ finished ~
« Reply #33 on: October 24, 2016, 10:30:58 AM »
That looks real good creek!  That's a great compliment for the nice lookout deck.  Now you can also carry an un-safe amount of axes at once down that hill without the worry of falling  :choptree:
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