Monthly Archives: February 2016

Zig-Zag Fort

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Instructional carpentry guidebook to build a fort.

Some of us are not as creative or skilled enough to design our own forts. This instructional document is to help the novice or semi-experienced carpenter to create their own fort for their children or even pets.

This fort was specifically designed in a certain manner. It is called a Zig-Zag Fort because is has three platforms positioned to look like a Z. The picture on the front cover is the fort that was designed for this plan. Some modifications were made to simplify this plan for the novice. This fort was designed to be a solitary 8x12x10 fort.

This fort has a ladder leading into both 2×8 sections on the front and back. The deck is four feet from the ground and the roof is four feet from the deck.

I would like to point out that the instructional drawings are not to scale. They are renditions to help visually explain certain details, not to be taken as scale models. They are approximate shapes and patterns but very easy to follow.

I would recommend thoroughly reading the entire instructions before proceeding with construction. There are options, choices and special notes that may be of interest to you.

Cost: The price for the materials to build this project would be dependent upon what material that you purchase. Some lumber is more expensive than others. However, the original structure was designed with standard pine so the general cost would be around $400, that would include hardware.

http://www.amazon.com/Zig-Zag-Fort-Guidebook-Book-12-ebook/dp/B014ON9DCE/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zig-zag-fort-ronald-rex/1122595772

 

Buy on paperback ($9.99): http://www.amazon.com/Zig-Zag-Fort-Guidebook-12/dp/1517134218/

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Rustic Fort instructions

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Build your own Rustic Fort:

This fort was specifically designed in a certain manner. It is called a Rustic Fort because it has uneven hoarding like a Civil War fort or Dark Ages fort. The picture on the front cover is the fort that was designed for this plan.

Some modifications were made to simplify this plan for the novice. However the original was designed to be a solitary 6x6x10 fort but an additional sections with rampart was designed afterward. This is obviously optional. It will be easy to add these portions later if you want, rather than build the entire project at once.

These instructions are a guide to build a six foot square fort that is roughly ten feet tall. It has a ladder leading into the back side. The housing area is four feet from the ground and the roof is four feet from the deck. The underground area is four feet from ground. The backside is designed to be open where as the sides have hoarding.

I would like to point out that the instructional drawings are not to scale. They are renditions to help visually explain certain details, not to be taken as scale models. They are approximate shapes and patterns but very easy to follow.

I would recommend thoroughly reading the entire instructions before proceeding with construction. There are options, choices and special notes that may be of interest to you.

Cost: The price for the materials to build this project would be dependent upon what material that you purchase. Some lumber is more expensive than others. However, the original structure was designed with standard pine so the general cost would be around $1000, that would include hardware. The extended portion would cost another $1000.

Time: I am not going to waste your time to estimate how long it will take you to assemble this fort. Every person has a different speed and it depends on your tools and expertise, obviously. As well as how much free time that is available to you.
Theoretically, it could be completed in one day. Also theoretically, it could take you a week. If you hire some of the contractors that I’ve heard complained about, it could take them a whole year.

There are further options to alter this plan at the end of these instructions.

Some of these options include moving the rampart connecting to another 6×6 fort. Creating a trapdoor. Creating secret hatchways to enter the bottom half. Or building a sandbox at the bottom of this unit.

http://www.amazon.com/Rustic-Fort-Guidebook-ebook/dp/B00DON7LFM

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rustic-fort-ronald-rex/1116523605

 

Buy on Paperback for $9.99: http://www.amazon.com/Rustic-Fort-Guidebook-Ronald-Rex/dp/1492358622

Doghouse plans

Build your own doghouse:

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This doghouse was specifically built in a certain manner. The picture on the front cover was the doghouse built for this plan.

Some modifications were made to simplify this plan for the novice. However the original was designed to be 4x6x5 doghouse with insulation. There are options to place doorways in different places.
There are also 2 different doorway sizes, (1’6”x 2’0” and 2’0” x 2’6”)

There are two different plans: one plan is for the doorway to be in the front (The four foot section) and another plan is for the doorway to be on the side. (On the back half of the six foot side.)

These instructions are a guide to build a 4×6 doghouse that is roughly five feet tall. The housing area is one foot from the ground and the roof is five feet from the deck.

On Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/Dog-House-Fort-Guidebook-ebook/dp/B00E4D43OI/

For Nook
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dog-house-ronald-rex/1117524681

Buy on paperback ($9.99): http://www.amazon.com/Dog-House-Fort-Guidebook-Ronald/dp/1493732994

Arghh! Pirate Ship Fort guidebook

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It is called a Pirate Ship because it resembles a ship. It is not intended to function as an actual ship at sea or lake. The picture on the front cover is the fort that was designed for this plan.

Some modifications were made to simplify this plan for the novice. The original was designed to be a solitary 3x20x7 fort. Other parts were added, such as an optional mast that could reach eight feet or higher. This is obviously optional. It will be easy to add these portions later if you want, rather than build the entire thing at once.

These instructions are a guide to build a three foot wide and 17 feet plus long fort that is roughly seven feet tall to the top of the railings. It has a step unit leading onto the port side. The deck is four feet from the ground and the Aft deck is five feet from the ground. The underground area is four feet from ground.

Cost: The price for the materials to build this project would be dependent upon what material that you purchase. Some lumber is more expensive than others. However, the original structure was designed with standard pine so the general cost would be around $1500, that would include hardware.

For Nook
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pirate-ship-ronald-rex/1121009068

For Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Ship-Fort-Guidebook-Ronald-ebook/dp/B00IDU6K44/

Buy on paperback $9.99: http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Ship-Fort-Guidebook-8/dp/1506132375