This step by step diy project is about free playhouse railings and door plans. This is PART 3 of the playhouse project, where I show you how to build the door and how to fit the decorative trims into place, so you can enhance the look of the project. 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
Playhouse with Porch Door and Trims Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 27 1/2″ long TRIMS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 46 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 46 1/2″ long STEPS
- C – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 64″ long, 1 piece – 29″ long JAMBS
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x64″ long, 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 59″long, 2 pieces – 17″ long, 1 piece – 19″ long DOOR
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 21 3/4″ long, 6 pieces – 30 1/2″ long 2xFRONT RAILINGS
- F – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 21 3/4″ long, 5 pieces – 30 1/2″ long 2xSIDE RAILINGS
Building the door, the railings and the trims for the playhouse
Fit the 1×3 trims around the windows. Use 2″ nails to lock the trims into place safely. It would be a good idea to paint the trims before securing them into place, so you can get a professional result.
Fit the 1×3 jambs around the door opening. Align the edges with attention and insert 2″ nails to secure them into place tightly.
Build the door panel from 3/4″ plywood and the trims from 1×3 lumber. Mark the cut lines and then get the job done with a saw. Fit the trims to the panel using glue and 1 1/2″ nails. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square.
Fit the door to the opening and then lock it into place with hinges. Moreover, you need to fit a latch so you can keep the door locked safely. You can add a window to the door, if you want to let more light inside.
The next step of the project is to build the railings for the porch. Start with the panels that go to the front of the playhouse. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the hand rails and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the balusters. Place the balusters equally spaced for a professional result.
Build the railings for the sides of the porch from 2×2 lumber, as well. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom rails and then insert 2 1/2″ screws into the balusters. You can adjust the distance between the balusters or buy decorative balusters from the local DIY store.
Fit the panels to the porch, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the bottom rails and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor. Moreover, drill pilot holes through the balusters and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the side panels to the playhouse. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the front panels into place tightly.
Fit the 1×6 steps and the 1×4 riser. Align the edges flush and then insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
Last but not least, you have to take care of the finishing details. Therefore, you need to fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint to protect the components from decay and to enhance the look of the playhouse.
This playhouse is easy to build, sturdy and it has a nice design. You can choose the appropriate color scheme so it adds value to the backyard and it suits your kids tastes.
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.