How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts - David Stiles

>> Saturday, February 15, 2014

A treehouse is a wonderful idea, but how in the name of creation do you actually build one? In this delightfully illustrated handbook, David Stiles, the unofficial world grandmaster of the treehouse, shows how.

Not assuming anything about the treehouse builder, Stiles starts with the basics: how to nail, how to buy wood, what kind of screws and nails to use.

Then it's on to an A-frame design so simple that it can be built in a weekend out of four sheets of plywood, followed by lean-tos, a tree hut, and a Tarzan-style jungle hideaway. There are also forts of every description, including a 21-foot-tall lookout tower modeled on one George Washington built to keep an eye on the redcoats.

Stiles also adds a design for a snowball catapult, an igloo and even a Nerf-loaded cannon.

Written for children, with an adult peeking over their shoulder, Stiles's TREEHOUSES, HUTS, & FORTS is a dreamer's handbook, offering practical results.

About the Author

Jeanie and I have written a total of 20 "how-to" books on building projects, which range from treehouses and forts, to sheds, gazebos and garden houses. Our most recent books are "Treehouses and Playhuses You Can Build", "Treehouses, Huts and Forts" and "Workshops You Can Build". Our treehouse book won the ALA's Notable Children's Book Award and we were lucky enough to be invited to build a treehouse on The Today Show in Rockefeller Center, New York City. It was great fun turning the streets of New York into a tree-filled backyard! We divide our time between New York City and East Hampton, N.Y. where we live in a barn that we have renovated. It is here that we build many of the projects included in our books. Visit us at our website or


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