Build a Cubby House

I will show how to build a cubby house. This will include a time line and photos of progress.

The cost of this cubby house was kept to a minimum using recycled pallet wood for the exterior cladding and flooring and wood that lying around. It took a couple of days to cut all the chamfer boards on a table saw. I have already posted the details of how to make weatherboards from pallet wood on my blog here.

Day 1 June 1

The first day of building a cubby house involved making the base and putting up the wall frame.

Black plastic was laid down and the sub floor was then built. Bearers were old hardwood fence rails and joists were 70x35mm pine offcuts. Wall frames are new 70x35mm treated pine. Flooring was plywood from pallets.

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Day 2 June 9th

Second day of building a cubby house was dedicated to finishing the wall frame and getting the roof structure up.

The ridge board is a piece of recycled pallet wood and the rafters were 70x35mm treated pine.


Day 3 & 4 June 15th-16th

Spent 2 days cutting recycled pallet wood into chamfer boards for the exterior cladding. 

Day 5 June 22nd

Started putting cladding on cubby house.

50x25mm boards are attached to each corner to frame the cladding. This give you a good line to finish your cladding to.

Edge boards outlined in red

Day 6 & 7 July 13th-July 14th

Finish putting cladding on the walls and get the roof on. Pine fence palings are used for the roof. The palings are cut to chamfer board profile.

Day 8 & 9 July 20th – July 21st

Finishing of the roof and getting the cubby house painted.

Day 10 August 4th

Had to lay recycled pallet wood for the flooring as the plywood was not solid. The pallet plywood was made of pieces of timber that were not laminated but sandwiched between to sheets.

A fancy fascia was also added to the cubby house. A old 20lt bucket was used for a template for the scalloped fascia.

Day 11 August 31st

We’ve added a side patio to the cubby house. It has clear roof sheeting and pine decking for the flooring.

Day 12 September 6th

Change of colour and the side patio is finished off.

Day 13 September 15th

The windows and door are installed. Windows were hand made from recycled pallet wood and 3mm perspex. Door was left over plywood from cubby house fascia.

Day 14 September 27th

Windows and door are painted. A heart has been added to the door with a perspex window.

Day 15 October 5th

Finally finished.

So, to build a cubby house like this will take about a fortnight if you have that much time to dedicate to the project. As you can see from the time line, this took me a bit over 4 months. This take into account such things as weather and other commitments like work and family time.

Tools used for this project include compound mitre saw, table saw, nail gun, air compressor, hammer, hand saw, chisels, cordless drill and circular saw.



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