2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #44[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Tree Gym” Made From Branches
“My grandsons sort of inspired me because of their tireless efforts to climb trees and build forts,” Johnson says. “I really would’ve liked to build a big tree house high up in one of my 200-year-old burr oaks, but I decided something closer to the ground probably makes more sense. At least it makes more sense to my wife.”
Johnson’s most recent project involved harvesting more than a half dozen 4 and 5- in. ash trees from his wooded acreage and using the sturdy stems as poles that reach up onto the large lower limbs of a giant burr oak. The poles were bolted to brace branches, and then 2 and 3-in. dia. branches were used as ladder steps and horizontal frame pieces. Step rungs were secured to the poles using 5/16-in. lag screws. The triangular platform was built using discarded cedar deck boards Johnson had laying around. In total, Johnson invested less than $20 in bolts and lag screws for the project.
“My grandkids were delighted when they saw it, and they immediately started climbing and hanging from it in countless different ways,” Johnson says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cliff Johnson, 12820 Laurie Lane, Chaska, Minn. 55318 (ph 952 466-2288).
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