This step by step diy project is about free playhouse with porch roof plans. This is PART 2 of the simple playhouse project, where I show you how to build the gable roof. The roof for this 6×6 playhouse has a 45 degree slope, for an elegant look and an amazing design. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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6×6 Simple Playhouse Roof Plans
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- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x27 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 36″x48″ long WALLS
- G – 12 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 24 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 34 1/2″ long RAFTERS
- H – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long, 2 pieces – 12″x72″ long ROOF
- I – 100 sq ft of tar paper, 100 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- J – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 61 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 73 1/2″ long TRIMS
- 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 100 sq ft of tar paper, 100 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 6d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- 3 1/2″ lag screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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- PART 1: Simple Playhouse Plans
- PART 2: Simple Playhouse Roof Plans
- PART 3: Playhouse Door and Trims Plans
How to build a playhouse gable roof
The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the 6×6 playhouse. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to use 2×4 lumber for the rafters. Make a 45 degree cut to one end of the slats and then make the birdmouths cuts, so you can lock them into place tightly.
Continue the project by assembling the trusses. Lay the rafters on a level surface and then fit the 1/2″ plywood gussets over the joint, to reinforce them. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the rafters together tightly.
Fit the trusses to the top of the playhouse, every 16″ on center, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to plumb the trusses and then lock them into place with screws or rafter ties.
Use 2×4 lumber for the gable end supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then lock them into place tightly with 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the top of the playhouse. Align the sheets with attention and leave no gaps between them. Insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the framing, for a professional result.
Use 2×6 lumber for the front and back roof trims. Make 45 degree cuts to one end of the rafters and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and then insert the screws to prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit the 1×6 side trims, as well. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to lock them into place tightly.
Cover the roof of the playhouse with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. In addition, cut a 12″ piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under.
This playhouse is easy to build, sturdy and it has a nice design.The barn style roof is rustic and has a super charming appeal. Check out PART 1 of the project to lean how to build the frame of the playhouse and PART 3 to learn how to build the railings and how to install the trims.
This woodworking project was about playhouse roof 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.
Does this playhouse need to somehow be anchored to the ground for stability?
You could use some shed anchors, if you are extra cautious: https://amzn.to/2ybKTyF