Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

Difficulty
Intermediate
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About Project

This project plan can simplify building a playhouse. This easy project uses just a single sheet of plywood and even uses the scraps for a door!

FRONT WALL
Let’s start right now with the front wall! It’s the last wall, and then we can put the roof on! Also, we’ll be looking at the door plan.

EASY TO BUILD, JUST LIKE THE BACK WALL
Like the back wall, the front wall will sit inside the side walls, making your footprint right at 48″ x 96″, to sit perfectly on the deck. To assemble the playhouse, from the insides of the front and back walls, use lag screws to attach the front walls to the end walls. It’s super easy to do, in fact, I did it all by myself! Because this plan is constructed identical to the other walls, by the time you get to it, you’ll be a pro. So I’m going to give you basic diagrams and a cut list to save you some paper today.

Dimensions
see above drawing

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – Sheet of 1/4″ Exterior Plywood
6 – 2×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
3 – 1×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
3 – 1×3 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
Hinges for the Doors

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

CUT LIST FOR THE WALL FRAMING
1 – 2×2 @ 90″ (Top Plate)
6 – 2×2 @ 45″ (Studs)
2 – 2×2 @ 29″ (Window Top and Bottom)
1 – 2×2 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Plate)
1 – 2×2 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Plate)
1 – 2×2 @ 18″ (Door Header)
1 – 2×2 @ 7 1/2″ (Window Header Stud)
90″ x 48″ 1/4″ Plywood with Windows and Doors cut out to fit the stud wall.

CUT LIST FOR THE TRIM
1 – 1×3 @ 90″ (Top Trim)
1 – 1×3 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Trim)
1- 1×3 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 43″ (Side Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Door Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 21″ (Top of Door Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Window Side Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 32″ (Window Top and Bottom Trim)

CUT LIST FOR DOOR
Scrap Door Piece of plywood
2 – 1×3 @ 33″ (Door Sides)
1 – 1×3 @ 13″ (Middle Trim)
1 – 1×3 @ 18″ (Door Bottom)
1 – 1×4 @ 18″ (If you don’t have a 1×4 scrap, you can use a 1×3 but the length of the door sides will need to be increased to 34″)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

STUD FRAMING
Frame your wall as shown above using 2″ screws and glue. Check for square. Trace out your windows and doors onto the plywood and cut out the openings. If you are careful about cutting out your door, you can use the door scrap to build your door with. Attach the plywood to the stud wall using 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 2

TRIM
It is always a good idea to measure and cut your trim as you go to get the best fit. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the trim to the face of the wall, keeping outside edges flush.

Step 3

Cut your top door header piece in an arch as shown above. Then use a Kreg Jig™ to join the door pieces to create a door frame.

I used 1x2s and a 1×3 header because that is what I had for scraps. You can see the pocket holes in the above photo of the door. Then use 1″ nails and glue to attach the back plywood to the door frame. If your nailer doesn’t shoot 1″ nails, you can by brad nails and use a hammer to add the nails. Do not forget the glue.

Step 4

Here is the door completed, but not yet on it’s hinges.

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