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Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 2:59 p.m.

Starting a build thread to chronicle the adventure of building a treehouse for the kiddos. Plan is to have an enclosed portion as well as a small open air area. Supported by a single large diameter oak tree.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 3:05 p.m.

I'm a cheap. Gonna make my own tree attached bolts using 3/4" Lag bolts from McMaster Carr and black pipe.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 3:09 p.m.

Cut off the threads.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 3:20 p.m.

Square up your super crooked cut job.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 3:23 p.m.

Lag fits square in there now.

Dead_Sled
Dead_Sled Reader
7/6/18 3:26 p.m.

Loving the real time updates, feel like I'm there, except I don't have to do any of the work!  Curious what these home made tree anchors are going to look like.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 3:38 p.m.

I got a bit smarter on the second one.

Guide tape line and power.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 3:40 p.m.

In reply to Dead_Sled :

Yes it is happening in real time. This is my project for the weekend. The Einhorn has to wait.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 3:45 p.m.

Everyone has access to an old bed frame.

Brotus7
Brotus7 HalfDork
7/6/18 3:46 p.m.

A real time build log ia a bold endeavor. 

Good luck.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 4:06 p.m.

Drill hole...

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 4:16 p.m.

Realize drilling a 3/4" hole is work, so get the drill press.

Change speed on drill press. Slow it down.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 4:34 p.m.

While I'm waiting on the drill to cool down, here's a shot of the rough plan.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 5:01 p.m.

Drill press is woefully underpowered. Switched back to hand drill. Getting really hot, bit super dull. So...did what any other GRMer would do. Use death wheel.....

Dead_Sled
Dead_Sled Reader
7/6/18 5:19 p.m.

You can sharpen that drill bit with that death wheel.  plans look great!

Dead_Sled
Dead_Sled Reader
7/6/18 5:27 p.m.

Also, lubricating/cooling that bit while drilling should help alot, you're removing alot of material to drill a 3/4 hole in a bed frame with a stepped bit.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 5:45 p.m.

Use the metal joiner....

Dead_Sled
Dead_Sled Reader
7/6/18 6:08 p.m.

Ah, the hot metal glue gun, that fixes all, carry on.

RossD
RossD MegaDork
7/6/18 6:16 p.m.

In for the ride!

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 6:18 p.m.

Twins.

This imagine these sunk into the trunk of the tree. 2x12 resting and lagged into these.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 6:29 p.m.

This is towards the back of the wooded lot we live in.

And this is the actual tree I'm building it in. 9 feet up its still 28" in diameter.

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 6:31 p.m.
Dead_Sled said:

Also, lubricating/cooling that bit while drilling should help alot, you're removing alot of material to drill a 3/4 hole in a bed frame with a stepped bit.

Yeah I should have listened to you, or known better. The hack a "hole" with the cut off wheel was MUCH faster.

Doc Brown
Doc Brown Dork
7/6/18 7:09 p.m.

The steel use for bed frames is a special alloy that is really really tough to drill through.  Figure on burning up a lot of bits.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
7/6/18 7:36 p.m.

In reply to Doc Brown :

Really? I just figured it was the absolute cheapest steel available. The more you know!

Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/6/18 7:41 p.m.

In reply to Doc Brown :

Well it "was" a Harbor Freight cheapy and started out dull from the last job I used it on. But good to know it's a strong alloy for holding the kiddos up in air.

 Got the wife out there to help hold the opposite end of the water in a tube level.

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