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DIY Clubhouse Play Set

Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt

A DIY play set is the perfect solution for hours of summer fun for the kids. This club house play set boasts a super fun turbo tube slide, swings, climbing wall and play area. Since it’s DIY, you can customize it for the look you want.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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    2. Step: 2

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      Assemble the base frame and bolt joints together with 3/8” x 6” bolts, make sure the base and walls are square.

    3. Step: 3

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      Install deck floor joists, spaced approximately 16” apart, secure with 2 ½” screws. Install the floor boards and secure with screws at each joist.

    4. Step: 4

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      Install the framing for the slide. Assemble and install the slide according to the slide instructions.

    5. Step: 5

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      Add framing for the windows and walls, install a railing around the top of the deck. Use 2 1/2" screws to secure in place.

    6. Step: 6

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      Cut the rafters and cut out a birds mouth and seat using a circular saw to gang cut the boards. Assemble the rafter and install on the railing, secure with 2 1/2" screws.

    7. Step: 7

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      If using wood shingles, install roof lath along the rafters. Install the wood shingles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise install preferred roofing material.

    8. Step: 8

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      Add decorative beams to the front peak of the roof, secure with 2 ½” screws.

    9. Step: 9

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      Install the railing balusters along the open portion of the deck. Secure the balusters with 2 ½” screws.

    10. Step: 10

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      Build the ladder and secure the treads with 2 ½” screws. Build the climbing wall and install the plastic climbing rocks per the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach the ladder and climbing wall to the deck of the play set with 2 ½” screws.

    11. Step: 11

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      Add siding to the play set, I chose T1-11 plywood siding. Cut panels out of the siding sheets to fit on the play set frame, trace the window opening onto the back of the panel and use a circular saw or jig saw to cut out the window. Secure the panels to the frame with 1 5/8” exterior screws.

    12. Step: 12

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      Add trim to the windows with 1x3’s and 1x4’s. Secure the trim with 2” brad nails or screws.

    13. Step: 13

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      Build a door from cedar fence pickets, attach gate hardware to the door and install in door opening. Build 2 planter boxes out of cedar, drill holes in the bottom to drain water. Install the planter boxes below the top windows. Build 2 shutters for the lower large window and secure with 1 5/8” exterior screws.

    14. Step: 14

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      Assemble the swing set according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach to the playhouse or leave detached.

    15. Step: 15

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      To finish the play set, lightly sand the wood and prepare for paint or stain depending on your look. I primed and painted the playhouse. Make sure to seal the raw wood to help preserve it. Attach the steering wheel and telescope.

Comments (15)

  • Hours of fun and imaginative play ... a play set extraordinaire.

    By janicehintze

  • What was the approximate price for all materials used?


  • @bamawaterfowl I spent about $1300, all of the materials came from Home Depot.

    By Her Tool Belt

  • The materials list doesn't specify, but is the lumber pressure treated? Or are you relying on the paint to withstand the weather? If so, how's your current play structure holding up? Also, it looks awesome! Great job!

    By Brian5177

  • This thing is amazing! So I have a question, what exactly are the optional pieces for and what do you lose of you chose not to do the optional steps? I am referring to what is in the PDF not below. Thanks

    By mgomon

  • you did a great job. i think we are going to replicate this for our kids.

    By Team Saefkow

  • i just noticed your blueprints are not working :( can this be fixed?

    By Team Saefkow
    • @Team Saefkow they have been fixed. Thanks for letting us know!

    • the link is gone :( and i cant get the picture for the material list to load. keeps saying error.

      By Team Saefkow
    • Can you not see where it says "View Project PDF" under the project description?

    • im sorry it was my browser, was not letting me open the PDF. thanks for replying to quickly.

      By Team Saefkow
    • Glad you got it figured out!


  • I want to add that I did this nearly the same as pictured above and I am not a carpenter, just handy :-) It came out awesome! I'd post pics but not allowed with comments.

    By mgomon
    • Awesome! You can always upload your own project if you'd like to show the RYOBI Nation community!


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