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Oilcan 10-15-2007 02:30 PM

Dead tree okay for treehouse?
 
I have a dead avocado tree (long sad story-overpruned) in my back yard. I was thinking that a tree house would be nice so the tree isn't a total loss but I dont know how kosher it is to build in a tree that's dead.

The trunk is about 18 inches. It's plenty strong now but I don't know if its prone to rot or termites and such.

I guess the question is - is this tree worth building in?

glennjanie 10-15-2007 03:26 PM

Hey Oil Can:
Yes, the tree is worth building in; I'm sure the lumber you use to build it will be dead too. If it is a concern, you could always seal the tree like a deck or whitewash it. By the time it begins to rot, your children will be burned out on it or too old for it.
Glenn

Oilcan 10-18-2007 12:13 PM

heheh...thanks Glenn. It's kinda like, I have a million other more pressing projects and my kid is only 10 months but it seems like such fun to build.
Anyway, that seals it. I'll send pics..:)

cranbrook2 10-18-2007 05:05 PM

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That sounds like a good post for a 9 ft birdhouse :D

inspectorD 10-21-2007 07:59 PM

Wowzers
 
Great hotels man.....ever seen a 9 foot bird...hehe.:D

Oilcan 10-22-2007 06:38 PM

Big Bird
 
That thing's incredible...do you put those in trees?

cranbrook2 10-23-2007 07:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Oilcan (Post 12059)
That thing's incredible...do you put those in trees?

Unfortunately i don,t have any trees in my yard that i can put them in so find old dead trees and then i dig a hole and put them in.
I also use old barn beams for the smaller birdhouses.

I had a bad lightning storm a few years ago and it took down a large northern pine so i used it for these two birdhouses.

It is much easier if you do have a half tree still standing, it saves on the digging and is obviously much stronger.

Oilcan 10-24-2007 02:31 PM

I looked at your site. I couldn't afford any of those but the Bogner Inn is my favorite. Well done!

cranbrook2 10-24-2007 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Oilcan (Post 12096)
I looked at your site. I couldn't afford any of those but the Bogner Inn is my favorite. Well done!

Thanks Oilcan

I just got a order to build 10 more for a customer in the states.

I would rather build them for myself and then sell the plans but you gotta keep the customers happy and give them what they want .:D

mhopkins 03-10-2013 06:27 PM

Dead Tree Tree House
 
Hi Oilcan,
Did you ever build your tree house in the dead tree? I want to use a dead tree for the third leg and was wondering how it worked out.
Thanks,
Mark
Westerville, Ohio


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Originally Posted by Oilcan (Post 11999)
heheh...thanks Glenn. It's kinda like, I have a million other more pressing projects and my kid is only 10 months but it seems like such fun to build.
Anyway, that seals it. I'll send pics..:)



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