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Anonymous 2014-08-16 07:49:49 No.682645

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I'm the guy from a week or so ago who was making a treehouse with a mate out of just branches and logs, using nothing but nails, an axe, saw and a hammer.

It's going pretty well, we added some more supports underneath it too.

As far as waterproofing it goes (so we can be inside it in the rain, that's all) how should we go about the roof?


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Anonymous 2014-08-16 07:56:03 No.682646
Here is a view of the floor, we're making lots of progress now since we got the floor in and can actually stand up there to work, it's so much easier.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 07:57:15 No.682647
>>682645
Neat! How did you initially start the flooring?

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 08:09:35 No.682651
>>682647
We found 4 nice big tall trees to use as the poles or whatever, then we just nailed logs that are about 10cm thick from tree to tree to make an outside square, and then we supported those some more by putting other logs from the ground to those right next to the tree's their nailed into.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 09:46:52 No.682668
>>682651
>>682646
>>682645
Damn OP that is inspiring..

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 10:09:13 No.682671
It looks dangerous but it seems you have thought about that and reinforced the beams with support, but I am still not sure that is strong enough, it is just nails afterall.

If you want to get maximal stability you should have bracing all over the place (build a truss) in other words triangles everywhere. You don't want to under-engineer it at all so it is best to go completely overboard to make it look at least super safe. Because you want to make use of the strength of the wood itself in everywhere, not the nails which should just do the job of holding the wood in place.

As for the roof, basically make a pitched roof (like another floor) and put covers onto it so water will run off and not accumulate anywhere.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 10:53:34 No.682679
>>682645
Your other thread is literally three posts down on page 0, right now. Why start another thread when the other is still well and truly around?

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 12:32:02 No.682691
>>682679
I don't think some people realize how slow /diy/ really is.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 12:51:41 No.682696
7/10 if homeless, 3/10 if not. 8/10 if a hippy. Seriously OP, this looks like it will soon appear in crime scene photos.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 13:22:40 No.682709
>>682671

piggybacking on this:

the way to do this would be to get two beams, and then add beams diagonally between them so that the space in-between is cut into triangles. I'd recommend building two, that make and X that goes under what you've already built.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 18:51:27 No.682804
>>682709
Piggyback on that: add some shopping carts and another tarp. Maybe some of that green always faded semi-translucent corrugated fiberglass stuff, a stolen can window sun blocker, and umbrella and a white plastic yard chair.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 18:57:05 No.682808
>nails
Lame. Should have made wooden pegs. Not even hard to do. Might as well have squared off those logs too, only take a bit of extra time.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 18:58:41 No.682812
>>682645
OP I hope you don't die in a windstorm.

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Anonymous 2014-08-16 19:12:44 No.682823
>>682812

Do you really? I think it's worth a little risk to see the homeless move up in the world.

>OP I hope you don't die in a windstorm.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 05:57:06 No.683086
>>682671
this.

i'm no engineer, but i learned in middle school and from building model bridges that triangles are the strongest shape, so i recommend putting them everywhere

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 07:59:47 No.683119
Back, we worked on it again today, got a bit of roof done, made a little deck to stand on outside the cubby part and also decided that the roof would end about a foot and a half early before the end of the flooring, so we can have another door to a deck with a big hand rail for us to piss off so we don't have to climb down all the time.

Here's a pic for reference of how big it is.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 08:15:20 No.683123
Seems a bit much just so two guys can gay sex it up in the woods.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 08:38:39 No.683129
>>683123

Its not gay if its in a tree dude.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 08:51:42 No.683131
>>683123
>>683129
I'd gay it up up there man.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 09:19:39 No.683141
Are you me?
We started as a simple deck where we could smoke and drink. Since then our ambitions as well as building skill allowed for greater improvements.
This image is from august 2012, and today we have a fully insulated cabin with a second level.

Keep building, keep improving and don't loose motivation. Having a cabin made me understand a little better why some people desire a hangout.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 09:22:52 No.683143
>>683141
Do you have any pics of the cabin?
I'm keen to see it!
Your floorboards look a little bit better placed than ours haha.
Looks awesome man!

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 09:23:51 No.683144
>>683141
That looks awesome. More pics?

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 09:53:39 No.683155
>>683143
>>683144
Thanks anon, shit like this makes my day :)

Despite having a pentax K-5 with 4 different lenses and considering myself an enthusiast photographer, I am shit at actually bringing the camera with me. Going to see if i can't find where google stores my phones images.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 10:39:18 No.683164
Supports are important. I stressed their finish rather then interior finishing and furniture. This is because the cabin is heavier than ever and large storms happen every single winter.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 10:42:34 No.683165
>>683155
That's a great cubby man!
Is it on your land or the property of a friend or something?
Ours is just on government forestry, about a 10 minute walk off of a normal road, I doubt anyone will ever find it, it has a cool view too, didn't get any photos of it but we will.

We were wondering how we'd do windows, we're still not sure.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 10:46:45 No.683168
>>683165
god, it looks so unsafe, the planks looks like they will slip any moment, the beams looks like they are gonna roll any moment, the roof looks like they are gonna fall of once it rains and water pools in the middle... but that's just me. also the horizontal beams just holding with nails... that is going to fall any second.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 10:53:10 No.683171
>>683168
It's all nailed in place, nothing rolls about haha,
all the "important" parts that are carrying lots of weight are nailed into the trees with 12 inch long nails, that are like almost a cm thick.
It's all supported to hell and back, there are pics of the supports in this neat little collage thing I just made in the spirit of this post - >>683164 which is making me incredibly jealous right now.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 10:58:42 No.683173
>>683165
The dad of one of the builders is a farmer and owns the land. But it is placed in ''utmark'' or ''protected, public forest not intended for development and motorized vehicles''. Norwegian laws are strange on this subject, but if the government fins out someone is going to pay dearly.

As for windows, got for it, all of them. Every single window gives so much by letting light in. The important thing here is making sure water is not getting in. Just imagine how the water would flow down the side, and make sure there is no real possibility of it getting behind the wall material. Seriously, you are not going to regret any windows you place. If anything you are going to regret NOT having windows, because it's more work to install after a wall is done.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 11:00:48 No.683174
>>683173
>>683173
Holy shit that fucking view

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 11:17:35 No.683176
>>683173
We're thinking of just making all the walls and roof out of tarps, then putting sticks on the inside and outside of the tarps just jammed into place, so that wind wont really blow them like a huge sail, just small parts, it seems to be working on the small part of wall we've got up already.
For windows we were thinking of just making tent-like window things, maybe with fly screen from a cheap 10 dollar tent I've got in my car.

That is a fucking awesome view though man, do you get drunk/stoned in the cubby much? haha

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 11:20:18 No.683177
>>683176
Oh and we've layered the tarps overlapping so that water won't come in (hopefully)
We're then going to put a big tarp on the floor which will go up and overlap the bottom of the walls, then put a big old carpet from the rubbish tip on that.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 11:20:26 No.683178
>>683174
Thanks, total cost for the windows were about USD 50. It did however mean we had to buy them right away. And the one on the left is punctured. Still acceptable considering price.

We have tried to scavenge as far as possible. All the outside walls, inside walls, flooring, walls, doors and insulation was free. Have some luck with the people you know and put some feelers out, and lots of free stuff can suddenly appear. Also: dumpster diving hardware shops. It's insane to me how much is just thrown away because an edge or similar is slightly damaged. We have probably saved $2-3k at least from these ''damaged'' materials.

It is not completely free however. 2x4'' planks, screws, nails, other fastening, power generator, tools, paints and filling masses are not generally given/thrown away. We have spent ~$3000 equivalent so far.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 11:25:43 No.683179
>>683141
>you will never had large forests near you to build tree houses for drinking
>you will never have friends who are into this stuff anyway

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 11:26:18 No.683180
>>683178
And probably costed a lot of man hours as well.

Fucking sweet though
10/10 would drink beer and philosophize in

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 11:54:00 No.683184
>>683177
Could work. It's basically what we have done, only with a different material. As for the roof, I would urge you to choose corrugated metal or some other dedicated roofing material.

>>683176
>>683180
Aye! Having no digital entertainment means we have to make things interesting ourselves. Combine that with certain drugs and we've had some deep fucking conversations, man.


>>683179
Sorry to hear that, there is no way I could have done this alone.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 12:11:58 No.683190
>>683184
I guess we could look into corrugated iron sheeting or something, but we're pretty poor these days, no money, thus the cheapness of this whole project, we only had wood because my mate had some under his house.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 12:20:16 No.683191
>>683184
Can i come live there?

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 12:53:00 No.683198
>>683190
I see. Well we used a tarp as roof for over 6 months until we found some free metal roof.
Some leaks here and there, but it worked reasonably well.

If several people are involved, make sure someone keeps track of costs. Over 95% (estimate) of the money used on our cabin is recorded, and that means that every owner is an equal part owner in the material worth of the cabin.


>>683191
Yes you can! It's in middle norway if you are interested.

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Anonymous 2014-08-17 15:55:42 No.683244
>>682645
Any progress OP?







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