Time to catch-up on the treehouse
project. I left off with the roof completed, with the next major job being
the climbing wall on the back. But first, a look at how it appeared before doing
Here’s a closeup of the top, so you can better see the roof in place:
We’ve since had a heavy rain, and I’m happy to say, nothing got through that
See how in the first picture, there’s a short wall around the entire
treehouse? I realized that to put my climbing wall up, that short wall had to
come off the back. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to drill holes easily for the
climbing holds to be bolted to.
It was a minor pain, but I got through it easily enough since I’d screwed
everything in, rather than using nails. Here I am at the end, having removed the
That’s my youngest in front, holding the one puppy that I agreed we could keep, both in the hanging chair I put up in the corner. And yes, that’s a Yahoo T-shirt I’m
wearing. Don’t worry — I’ve had Google, Ask and Microsoft shirts on during
other parts of the construction.
Getting the two big pieces of marine plywood up wasn’t easy, but after
involving literally everyone at home, they were in place:
If you look closely, on both the right and the left, as well as in the
middle, there are 2×8 beams running vertically. These provided the support for
I was worried that the plywood would leave splinters in little hands, then I
remembered I had a ton of floor varnish left from
redoing floors a few years
ago. I put two coats of that on, and it worked really well. The walls aren’t
slippery, yet there aren’t any splinters.
Next, time to put up the holds.
Search Diary: Searching
For Climbing Holds over at Search Engine Land covers how I find the holds.
Now it was time to try putting them in place:
They work pretty well! You can climb right up to the top:
Next, I need to run a rope or something across the top, so you can pull
yourself over more easily. Plus, the second wall needs to be done. But I was
pretty happy with it!
And yes, I finally got a pulley installed: