Step Six: Molding & Accessories

Corner Trim

If you chose to use plywood siding, using pine or fir is fine for corner trim. For cedar shingles or shiplap, use cedar boards. Most of these materials can be found at your local Home Depot, Lowes or local lumber yard. You can make the trim as thick as you wish but 3 inches is generally the average size. Rip one piece to your desired thickness and another 3/4 inches less to compensate for the thickness of the material. Butt the two together and nail. Now install onto the clubhouse. Using a table saw to rip the two pieces with a 45 degree on one end at your desired thickness to make a miter joint is also a good idea and makes it look at bit more professional.

Building A Door

The most simple type of door you can build is a one piece, Z frame door. It will be made of 1x material so get enough to complete the task. The door should be 1 inch less than the rough opening so cut the boards to the appropriate height. Lay out the boards next too each other with the good sides facing down and install the bracing as shown. One side should have the bracing with the end for where the hinges will go. Be sure to use screws that are not too long that they’ll poke though; accidents will happen.

Dutch doors follow the same principle but are broken into to parts and act like two separate doors in the same rough opening. Very popular for children’s playhouses and treehouses

Building a railing

The most important of the railing is making sure they are rigid and durable. The posts should be anchored into the joists below, not just screwed into the surface of the floor. This is also another good reason why using 2×6 or 2×8 joists is helpful. If you wish to follow US code, railings should be at least 36 inches high and spindle spacing should be no greater than 4 inches.

If you’re still not sure about building your own clubhouse, you can always purchase a prepackaged kit that’s easy to assemble and your kids will still love!