Introduction

Building a Fort
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Age Range: 6 to 12 years

A backyard fort is the perfect place to let kids’ imaginations run wild. They can create a magical world of knights and dragons or pirates and buried treasure—or just a kid-run kingdom. The design of this fort encourages tons of fun, with a super—cool kid-sized hatch—complete with a peephole to check out visitors—and a flag that kids can design and make themselves. There are also two built-in seats so that little warriors—or Mom and Dad can take a breather between make-believe battles. Set aside an afternoon to cut and assemble the parts, and you’ll have a playhouse retreat for years to come.

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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • speed square
      Combination square
    • hand saw
      Handsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver with -inch and 1-inch spade bits
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw

    Shopping List

    1. 4-foot-high stockade fencing
    (four sections at least 5 feet long)

    2. One 8-foot 2x4

    3. One 8-foot 2x3

    4. 2-foot-square section of ½-inch pressure-treated plywood

    5. Eight L-brackets
    (4 inches by 1 inch)

    6. 1-inch deck screws 7. 3½-inch deck screws

    8. 5 feet of ½-inch PVC pipe

    9. PVC pipe cap

    10. Two 3½-inch door hinges

    11. Flag

    12. Wire