Mad Carpentry Skills (Roof Rafters!)

For those of you who have been following along, I’m building a playhouse for my little girl. It is 8ft by 12ft with 8ft standard walls. (I had no concept, when I started this thing, that an 8 by 12 building was so BIG!) I spent the better part of the afternoon framing the roof rafters. (Technically, framing a roof is NOT a “one-man” job, but you do what you have to do.) Without further delay, I present PICTURES!

(Before you take a look at the pictures, please realize that I am NOT a professional carpenter, I’ve NEVER built anything this big before, and I am LITERALLY learning as I go from step to step. In other words, if you are planning on building a playhouse for your child (or any other building) PLEASE do not use these pictures as a guide. Seriously, the fact that this thing is still standing is a minor miracle. Tools used so far: framing hammer, tape measure, skill saw, saw horses, level, speed square… and that’s about it.)

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As you can see, I have simply framed out the doorway and I am waiting until I have the roof “finished” before I cutout and install the windows. (I am not using the pool ladder that you see! 🙂 My little boy was “helping” me and that’s “his” ladder.) There will be a 2 final sets of “fake” rafters, which will be added to the ends of the building.

10 thoughts on “Mad Carpentry Skills (Roof Rafters!)

  1. How about that shed. Looks really good. Isn’t it wonderful when we have no debt, we can turn our worries and energy to other parts of our life. Keep on building and paying as you go, I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  2. Wow. You are only using a hammer? Your life could be made so much easier if you had a small compressor and framing nailer. It’s so much easier to get the boards lined up and then just pop a nail in. Every time I’ve just used a hammer, I’ve either hit my thumb, or screwed up the board I was putting up. I’m impressed that you pulled it off!

    It’s looking good. Are you going to trim out the windows on the outside with a bit of style to give it a “doll house” look?

  3. Hazzard,
    Yes! I will be trimming the entire thing with 1×4’s… The roof will be brown shingles (to match our house)… and I am going to paint it yellow w/ white trim… or something like that… flower boxes on both sides, etc…

  4. Your daughter is a very lucky girl! I grew up on a farm, we had no money (no debt, either), so all of our toys were homemade. My mother made dolls (and tons of doll clothes), and my father made pretty much anything we wanted that could be made from wood. Doll houses, swing sets, wooden fish on wheels, a helicopter in the back yard that was big enough for us to climb inside (people driving by must have gotten a kick out of that). I would not trade my childhood for anything in the world. The fun we had “helping” my parents make stuff for us, and playing with the finished stuff was absolutely priceless. Your daughter will no doubt feel the same way when she looks back on her childhood. All the money and store-bought toys in the world can’t even come close to what you’re doing, and the lessons you’re teaching your kids. Well done!!!

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