Time Required: Three days
Difficulty: Moderate

Last year, Andrew and Kevin, together with their engineer pal Walker, set out to build a playground at their cottage property for the kids. But what they came up with was unsafe, unattractive, and ultimately unused. With pride on the line, they‘re determined to redeem themselves this time around -- or else face the scorn of their wives again -- by tackling the quintessential kids project: a tree fort.

Project Steps

Step 1

For this weekend’s project, Andrew’s daughter Leoni requested a dragon-themed kids’ fort. We’ll start by reusing our old dock as a multi-platform base. A roped-in bridge will lead kids safely to a treetop crow’s nest, ringed in by strung together pine logs, where they’ll come face to face with a scary dragon – actually the roof of the fort made out of an old aluminum boat. The dragon’s spindly tail will be the big circular slide, while the built-in music wall and tin can phone will be the dragon’s roar. We’ll build a rocking snowboard swing off the edge of the fort and a flagpole where the kids can raise the dragon flag to let everyone know this fort is for fun and imagination. As a final touch, we’re challenging ourselves to build the whole thing with hand-powered tools only…just like the forts we used to build when we were kids.


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