This step by step diy project is about barn playhouse railings and trims plans. This is PART 3 of the barn playhouse project, where I show you how to build the railings for the porch and how to fit the decorative trims. The gambrel playhouse will have a super nice appearance once you attach the railings and the trims. 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.
Projects made from these plans
Barn Playhouse Railings
Cut & Shopping Lists
- L – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 43″ long, 9 pieces – 22 1/2″ long 2xRAILINGS
- L – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 24″ long, 5 pieces – 22 1/2″ long 2xRAILINGS
- L – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 29 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- M – 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 28″ long, 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 72″ long ROOF TRIMS
- M – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 48″ long, 1 piece – 29″ long, 4 pieces – 60″ long, 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 15″ long, 8 pieces – 18″ long, 4 pieces – 17 1/2″ long TRIMS
- 12 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 6 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 10 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 6d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- 3 1/2″ lag screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
How to build barn playhouse railings
The first step of the barn playhouse project is about building the trims for the gambrel roof. Make 22.5 degree cuts to both ends of the 1×4 slats and then secure them into place with 2″ nails. Align the edges flush and leave no gaps between the trims.
Fit 1×2 trims around the window openings and 1×3 lumber around the door opening. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to secure them into place tightly.
Fit 1×2 trims around the side windows.
Fit the 1×6 trim to the porch, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to secure it 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.
Build the railing panels from 2×2 lumber. After cutting all the components at the right dimensions, you need to lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the balusters. You can cut a wood block as spacer, so you can create even gaps.
Fit the railing panels into place, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush and drill pilot holes, before inserting 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Use 2×2 lumber for the front posts, that will enhance the rigidity of the structure and make the railings secure. Use 2 1/2″ screws to lock the supports to the joists and to the railings.
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 2 to learn how to build the gambrel roof.
This woodworking project was about playhouse railings and trims 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.