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How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts [Paperback]

David Stiles
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2003
A treehouse is a wonderful idea, but how in the name of creation do you actually build one? In this delightfully illustrated handbook, David Stiles, the unofficial world grandmaster of the treehouse, shows how.

Not assuming anything about the treehouse builder, Stiles starts with the basics: how to nail, how to buy wood, what kind of screws and nails to use.

Then it's on to an A-frame design so simple that it can be built in a weekend out of four sheets of plywood, followed by lean-tos, a tree hut, and a Tarzan-style jungle hideaway. There are also forts of every description, including a 21-foot-tall lookout tower modeled on one George Washington built to keep an eye on the redcoats.

Stiles also adds a design for a snowball catapult, an igloo and even a Nerf-loaded cannon.

Written for children, with an adult peeking over their shoulder, Stiles's TREEHOUSES, HUTS, & FORTS is a dreamer's handbook, offering practical results.

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How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts + Treehouses and other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build + Treehouses & Playhouses You Can Build
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"How to hammer, how to saw, how to dream. The perfect guidebook for kids." - Wally Lawrnece, reader and weekend carpenter.

"This would be an ideal text for "Survivor" participants to study in advance. What a wonderful world we can build,"--New Orleans Times-Picayune

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This book is filled with fun projects for kids and their parents to build in their backyards. It begins with a section on basic carpentry and continues with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on building treehouses, forts and huts. It concludes with a section on "cool stuff for kids to make" such as treasure chests, cannons, catapults, and several fun projects to build in the snow.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Membership has its privileges Jan. 27 2004
By chatchi
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be an official member of my best friend's exclusive club -- "The Scorpion's Tail". After establishing the core members of the club, we decided that we needed to build a treehouse to use as our base, but we knew we wouldn't be able to do it alone.

Armed with a hammer, some nails, a saw, a dream, and a copy of David Stiles' informative book, "How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts," we were able to build an impressive headquarters for the Scorpion's Tail.

The treehouse wasn't secure enough to keep out the spiders and small woodland creatures (no fault of the author's), but it was definitely strong enough to defend us from our rival gangs. Trust me! I grew up in a really rough neighborhood, so we need all of the defense we could get. In fact, Stiles' design for the snowball catapult would have proved invaluable had we actually used the treehouse after it was built.

Fifteen years later, the treehouse is still standing. If that's not a testament to David Stiles' incredible knowledge of building memories that last, then I don't know what is.

Beware of the Scorpion's Tail!

(Be sure to check out the Petzl E68 Duo LED Headlamp... a must for anyone with a treehouse)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest tree fort books May 17 2008
For many summers i have been planning to build a tree fort but never got around to it. Finally after reciving this book for christmas i have detalied plans and a visiual of how it will look i can finally convince my neighbour to help with the construction. Not only does this book have plans but it also motivates you to build and design your own treehouses, Huts and Forts.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful For Kids And Their Parents May 20 2005
By G. Reid - Published on Amazon.com
Most kids, if not all, dream of building a treehouse. It is a very powerful dream that many times does not happen because the task and resources needed to build a treehouse are formidable. This book can make the dream a wonderful reality. The treehouse, of course, must be built by the kids and this book is step-by-step making that quite possible. Parents can help out with the kids permission. A parent that gives this book to a kid dreaming of a treehouse will be a hero in the kid's eyes.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a kid with an adult helper Nov. 5 2007
By Elizabeth Delph - Published on Amazon.com
As a person who lived in a treehouse for 3 years, and was looking for a basic how-to book for a friend, I was disappointed--this is how-to down to how to buy 2x4s and pull nails. Not good for a skilled (or even somewhat skilled) adult, but this book is EXACTLY the sort of thing I would have wanted as a kid: all the basics, lots of advice, and would have been great for a mom- and/or dad-and-me project.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever Feb. 6 2007
By Suzanne S. Walther - Published on Amazon.com
This book is extremely awesome and has a special section on stuff to build like snowforts, catapults, and cannons. The forts are really awesome. Great buy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars long on ideas, a tad short on some details. April 9 2010
By Norm De Plume - Published on Amazon.com
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My kids are desparate for a tree house or fort in the back yard. After pricing commercially available options, I decided that I could build one for a fraction of what a Play Nation solution would cost. So, I started looking for plans. I saw these Stiles publications (Treehouses and other Cool Stuff and Tree Houses, Huts and Forts.)at Amazon, and thought they looked promising.

Well, "promising" just about describes it. There plan for Fort Bravo in this book fits the bill for my kids, and these come with material lists, but the detail - especially for building the roof - is simply inadequate. I've never built a house, so am unfamiliar with construction techniques for building a roof. Additional research will be required to build either fort.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book for child Jan. 7 2014
By Barbara Steward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for a Christmas gift for a child that has a dream of building a tree house. Nice book and easy for him to understand and relate to for the age of 10-12
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