How to Build a Wood Fort

Written by amy kuncaitis
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How to Build a Wood Fort
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It is every kid's dreams to have a wood fort in their backyard to hide, play, or even sleep in. A basic wood fort structure can be built in a matter of hours. Over the years, additions such as paint, windows, and even carpet can be added to the fort. A simple yet sturdy wood fort can provide years of imagination and enjoyment for both children and parents.

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Things you need

  • 2-by-4 pieces of wood
  • 2-by-6 pieces of lumber
  • 3/4 inch plywood
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Shovel

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  1. 1

    Select the wood fort location. Dig up sod and grass from the area and level the ground, leaving a layer of dirt as the base. (see ref.1)

  2. 2

    Place corner posts into the ground. Use two 2-by-4 pieces of wood to form a corner. Sink the two posts into the ground, leaving 8 inches sticking up. Repeat this process to form four corners.

  3. 3

    Lay the bottom beam supports. Lay 2-by-6 pieces of lumber between each corner to form the supports.

  4. 4

    Lay the floor using sheets of plywood. Attach the plywood to the 2-by-6 joists using wood screws. Repeat every 12 inches.

  5. 5

    Construct the walls of the fort. Lay 2-by-4 pieces of lumber side-by-side on the floor of the fort. Attach a 2-by-4 piece of lumber lengthwise to the top and bottom of the side-by-side pieces. Add an additional 2-by-4 piece of lumber 4-inches from the bottom and secure to the floor with screws. Repeat until all four walls are constructed.

  6. 6

    Lift the wall into place. Set the wall on the bottom of the attached 2-by-4 (4 inches from the bottom) and secure with additional screws. Repeat until all four walls are complete.

  7. 7

    Add windows and a door. If desired, use an electric-powered saw to cut out a window and a door. Use hinges and door hardware to finish the door.

Tips and warnings

  • If the floor of the wood fort is more than 4 feet-by-4 feet, use an additional floor joist in the centre of the floor for additional support.
  • Add screws into the floor from the top of the 2-by-4 lumber and from the outside walls of the fort for added strength.

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