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    This is the long overdue tree house thread. I wanted to get this posted earlier but there has been too many things vying for my time. However, now I am in the throws of completing it and I wanted to take you all along for the ride. And what better time than the introduction of my new Cool Fall forum.








    I started building the tree house last summer and finished it in December. As you see in these pictures it is still setting on the ground. If all goes as planned, it will be up in the tree on Labor Day. I make no promises though, that is just the plan right now. I have lots of work to do to finish getting ready. Like machining those large 16 x 12 x 4 inch blocks of aluminum.































    I get to play with some big boy toys this weekend. I have a 10,000 lb. LULL fork truck coming and a people lift too. The fork truck is the same kind as is in my "new lathe" thread.

    How about that drill!


    Cheers
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    This is nuts
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    Amazing.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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    I spy a gold Spy!

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    Dude! That's awesome. When I read "tree house" I was thinking something for the kids. I see this thing's for real!

    WOW!

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    Love to come over for coffee sometime , when you said tree house I was thinking kiddy tree house but that is something else. Very well done.
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    You have two spys lurking in that tree house.Very good job,Well done.
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    Data,

    . I must admit I was also thinking a "kids" treehouse.

    It's gonna take a lot more to impress though now you've shown this - I await the video of it climbing up the tree, if you can get it to rotate at the top for those "candle lit dinner moments" all the better .

    Awesome work
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    that'd be a great place for a cpf get together...

    how deep in the woods is that?

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    How do you get the spiral stairs around the tree? Custom fit, I bet.

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    Yea, the stairs are custom fit to the tree. Each stair has its own 2" bar going into the tree. And each stair is tied to the stair next to it so it can not spin or come out of its hole.

    "a cpf get together..." only if Milky surrenders the crew for PF10.

    "I await the video of it climbing up the tree" I can do that.

    Well bring it on Norm, and please bring me a great boomerang, my son wants to learn how to throw one.

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    Dave,

    Your kids are so fortunate to have a father like you..

    Also, nice to have some solar panel at the apex to power up the interior lighting? or lighting on the steps leading to the top?
    Also, forget about cell phone, or cordless, it would be nice to to setup 2meter or 440cm HAM radios to communicate with the home base?

    We are all deeply impressed!!


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    Amorphous, the coke and beer fridge must have power! I got a lot done since you were here. This is going to be a fun weekend.

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    Very nice work, that is awesome. I'm curious if you plan to seal the top so rain doesn't get in, and if so, what are you going to use?

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    Very, Very Cool, Dave. The winch and forklift adds new meaning to the term, Barn Raising. Let me know if you need any extra hands. I work for pizza.

    About those two blocks of aluminum: You said the SPY007 would be larger than the 005, but I did not think THAT much larger.
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    Best of luck!! _______ is the mother of all invention
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    Way cool Dave! That give an interesting perspective to tree hugging! I will be curious to see how you boot the top of the house to seal around the tree.

    EDIT: I missed KingG's post. What he said.
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    What no collapsible "slinky-like" staircase that proportionally grows when the house is elevated? Psh!

    No cool counterweight driven elevator??? Psh! Psh!

    No rain waterwheel-driven refrigeration?? Pshssssh!

    J/K

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    Holy Crap Man !!!!
    Thats a Tree Condo !!!
    I have seen actual homes that were not that nice.
    Looks like you are doing an excellent job, those steps would be awesome.
    Look forward to seeing it up in the tree

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    Is this something for which one would need a building permit?

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    For out in the country, no, but if you live in a city you might, it depends on the local government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Data View Post
    Yea, the stairs are custom fit to the tree. Each stair has its own 2" bar going into the tree. And each stair is tied to the stair next to it so it can not spin or come out of its hole.
    Into the tree? As in drilled in place? Tree dude here (not to be confused with tree hugger, though)... If you're planning on embedding those bars into the tree you're opening the tree to all sorts of diseases. Rotten wood is bad for tree houses, if you know what I mean. Then there's the issue of lateral bole growth (not to mention corrosion, etc.) slowly eating away into your bars, scarring changing wood physical properties, etc.

    Maybe it'd be best if you anchored your spiral staircase to the base of the tree by the way of concrete bases and pillars going up and holding the staircase?

    Anyway, just a random thought from your neighborhood tree dude.

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    green,

    Thanks for your concern. I need all the help I can get.

    The method I am using to attach to the tree is arbor approved. The hardware is all 304 SS and smooth. The holes are only normal to the surface of the tree. The stairs and house all stand off 4" from the tree to allow for many years of growth. There will be no exposed cambian layer or sap wood.

    The health of the tree is of paramount importance. I will try to explain it all to you in detail at a later time when I have more pictures.


    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan671 View Post
    Very, Very Cool, Dave. The winch and forklift adds new meaning to the term, Barn Raising. Let me know if you need any extra hands. I work for pizza.

    About those two blocks of aluminum: You said the SPY007 would be larger than the 005, but I did not think THAT much larger.
    We all work for pizza. OK Stan, see you on Monday!

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    Nice tree house! Now, are you putting in like a 100,000 lumen light system or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenLED View Post
    Tree dude here (not to be confused with tree hugger, though)...
    Greenie is a tree hugger!!!!

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    havand, Humm.


    jch79, Hummmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Data View Post
    jch79, Hummmmmm.
    I'm not sure I like the tone of that Hummm!

    Ok, ok... I'll go ahead and say I'm a tree dude too... maybe even a borderling tree hugger. I just wanted to make fun of Mr. Green for his disclaimer of not wanting to be known as a tree hugger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenLED View Post
    Into the tree? As in drilled in place? Tree dude here (not to be confused with tree hugger, though)... If you're planning on embedding those bars into the tree you're opening the tree to all sorts of diseases. Rotten wood is bad for tree houses, if you know what I mean. Then there's the issue of lateral bole growth (not to mention corrosion, etc.) slowly eating away into your bars, scarring changing wood physical properties, etc.

    Maybe it'd be best if you anchored your spiral staircase to the base of the tree by the way of concrete bases and pillars going up and holding the staircase?

    Anyway, just a random thought from your neighborhood tree dude.
    Greenled, would titanium bars solve the disease and corrosion problems? Or perhaps a titanium sleeve around the steel bars?

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