Some of us are not as creative or skilled enough to design our own forts. This instructional document is to help the novice or semi-experienced carpenter to create their own fort for their children or even pets.
This fort was specifically designed in a certain manner. It is called a Rustic Fort because it has uneven hoarding like a Civil War fort or Dark Ages fort. The picture on the front cover is the fort that was designed for this plan.
Some modifications were made to simplify this plan for the novice. However the original was designed to be a solitary 6x6x10 fort but an additional sections with rampart was designed afterward. This is obviously optional. It will be easy to add these portions later if you want, rather than build the entire things at once.
These instructions are a guide to build a six foot square fort that is roughly ten feet tall. It has a ladder leading into the back side. The housing area is four feet from the ground and the roof is four feet from the deck. The underground area is four feet from ground. The backside is designed to be open where as the sides have hoarding.
I would like to point out that the instructional drawings are not to scale. They are renditions to help visually explain certain details, not to be taken as scale models. They are approximate shapes and patterns but very easy to follow.
I would recommend thoroughly reading the entire instructions before proceeding with construction. There are options, choices and special notes that may be of interest to you.
Cost: The price for the materials to build this project would be dependent upon what material that you purchase. Some lumber is more expensive than others. However, the original structure was designed with standard pine so the general cost would be around $1000, that would include hardware. The extended portion would cost another $1000.
Time: I am not going to waste your time to estimate how long it will take you to assemble this fort. Every person has a different speed and it depends on your tools and expertise, obviously. As well as how much free time that is available to you.
Theoretically, it could be completed in one day. Also theoretically, it could take you a week. If you hire some of the contractors that I’ve heard complained about, it could take them a whole year.
There are further options to alter this plan at the end of these instructions.
Some of these options include moving the rampart connecting to another 6x6 fort. Creating a trapdoor. Creating secret hatchways to enter the bottom half. Or building a sandbox at the bottom of this unit.