This step by step diy project is about free playhouse railings and door plans. This is PART 3 of the elevated playhouse project, where I show you how to build the door and how to fit the decorative trims into place, as well as how to build the railings. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Backyard Playhouse Door and Railings Plans
- K – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 50″ long, 2 pieces – 19 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 14 3/4″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 19 3/4″x55″ long DOOR
- L – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 55″ long, 1 piece – 24 3/4″ long, 4 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 27 1/2″ long TRIMS
- M – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 36″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 33 3/4″ long, 13 pieces – 26 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 29 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 23 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 10 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 41 1/2″ long RAILINGS
- O – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 41 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 34 1/2″ long STAIRS
Building playhouse railings
The first step of the project is to fit the 1×3 jambs around the door window. Align the edges flush and secure the jambs into place tightly with 2″ nails.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the door panel and 1×3 lumber for the trims. Align the edges flush and secure the trims into place tightly with 1 1/4″ nails and glue.
Fit the door to the opening and align the edges flush. Use hinges to secure the door to the jambs tightly. Moreover, fit a latch so you can lock the door into place tightly.
Fit the windows to the sides of the playhouse. Fit 1×3 trims around the window and secure them into place with 2″ nails.
Fit the posts for the rails to the front of the playhouse. Plumb the posts with a spirit level, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fit a 2×2 rail to the top of the posts and secure it into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Fit the 2×2 bottom rails between the posts with 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Fit the balusters to the rails, making sure you place them equally spaced (fit a wood block between the balusters for consistent results). Use 2 1/2″ screws to lock the balusters into place tightly.
Assemble the side panel from 2×2 lumber, as well. After assembling it, you need to lock it to the front railings and to the playhouse frame.
Build the supports for the stairs from 2×2 lumber. Make the angle cuts accurately.
Secure the supports to the frame of the playhouse with 2 1/2″ screws. Fit the steps with 2 1/2″ screws, placing them equally spaced.
Build the components for the stair railings from 2×2 lumber. Make cuts to the components for a professional result.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components to enhance the look of the playhouse and to protect the components from the weather elements.
This woodworking project was about playhouse door and balusters plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.