Tools You Should Have When Constructing Your Wooden Playhouse

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

So you’ve chosen your location and the type of wood you’ll be using for your wooden playhouse. The next most important step is to make sure you have the right tools. Just like my previous article about choosing the right wood type, this article will not be going into specifics (ie brand names, etc), as the right tools can be fairly cheap, or unbelievably expensive! In the case of tools, you really do get what you pay for. If you decide to go cheap and nasty, you may be making a few trips back to the hardware store to buy replacements. If you go expensive, your costs will be blown out of the water! Do you need to spend $500 on that tool that you may only use once or twice a year, or will the $150 version be enough? Finding the median is very important.

Tools you will likely need:

1) Cordless drill – probably the most used tool for building a wooden playhouse, as you can get into tight spaces without worrying about a cord. However, beware of cheap ones, as they may not provide enough torque (or ‘grunt’!) to drive screws into the wood for an extended period of time.

2) Normal drill – in case the battery runs out on your cordless drill, (and it will!) this is a great backup, or in case you need that extra bit of power.

3) Hammer – this is pretty obvious. However, the top-of-the-line hammer isn’t really necessary, so long as whatever one you have that is comfortable in your hands will suffice.

4) Drill bits – generally you’ll find you’ll be using screws rather than nails when constructing your wooden playhouse. The crucial factor is that the bits need to be as sharp as possible! Cheap drill bits will become dull very quickly, so a good quality set of bits are a good investment

5) Builder’s level – although your wooden playhouse will not have to be built to strict building standards and codes, every effort to ensure it is level will be worth it, both for safety and aesthetics. If you have a level foundation, everything else will fall into place when building the rest. A builder’s level is one commonly used by concreters and is about a metre long. It can allow you to see if there are any warps in longer pieces of wood. However, a normal level will also be sufficient.

6) A tape measure – the main rule anyone should go by when building anything is “Measure twice, cut once”.

7) A circular saw – This tool will give you a very straight cut if used properly. If you have a workbench, a compound Mitre saw will give you the most accurate cut, as well as being very quick and efficient. Although a handsaw is much cheaper and can be used instead of a circular saw, you will be taking more time to do your cutting and also risking a sore shoulder by the end of the day!

This list is not an exhaustive one, but can give you an idea of what you’ll need. There will other bits and pieces required, so the best move is to ask at your local hardware store.

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