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Build a Cozy Kid Tipi

By Leroy and Sandy Riehle

Cutting pattern





This easy-to-build kid tipi keeps them warm and dry, without the disastrous results of piling on top of each other. In this photo, the door is open.
This easy-to-build kid tipi keeps them warm and dry, without the disastrous results of piling on top of each other. In this photo, the door is open.




Kid tipi with the doors closed.
Kid tipi with the doors closed.

Materials needed:

1 sheet of 3/8" or 1/2" plywood or wafer wood
4-8-foot-long 2" x 2" framing wood
1-1/2" deck screws (about 75 or so)
2 lightweight 1-1/2" hinges with screws
3-4" deck screws (8-10)

Cutting Pattern:

Cut the 4 x 8 sheet of plywood or wafer wood as shown.

 

Assembly: always remember to put the screws in from the plywood side through to the 2 x 2 framing.

1. Measure the long sides of two of the triangular-shaped and cut four pieces of 2 x 2 to fit that length. Screw the 2 x 2 in place flush with the edges of two plywood pieces.

2. Measure the length between those 2 x 2s along the bottom and top edge of the plywood. Cut 2 x 2s to fit those spaces and screw in place.

3. Place the front sections on the floor right side up and attach the access door at the center seam with the two hinges.

4. Hold the solid back section and the two side sections up in place and measure the distance between the framing at the top and again at the bottom. Cut two pieces of 2 x 2 to fit in each place. Center one piece that you just cut at the top, and another at the bottom of the back, and then secure the extra set to your front section.

5. Secure the "back" wall to the side walls by screwing the plywood to the framing of the side walls. At this point you have a three-sided structure. Place the front section in place and screw to the framing as you did with the back. Take one long deck screw and screw into the framing at top and bottom at each joint. Kid Tipi is basically complete.

6. Add a good coat of Latex paint to preserve the wood, if desired. If plans are to use this house outside, secure a piece of plywood over the top.





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