wanting to make progress on The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse(s) i asked about drilling a hole through a tree and got some fantastic advice which led me to ordering a big bit, baby. but how to get that bit through the tree? well, for that, you need a big drill. something like the milwaukee 3/4 inch “super hole shooter” which our local true value “agri-center” has in stock for rent.
the agri-center folks loooove when i start a big project and are always very helpful with advice and tips. when i picked up the super shooter the rental guy told me to keep a good grip on it and to be mighty careful because it’d really want to twist me around the tree.
turns out it went smooth as a hot knife through butter.
after i drilled the hole, i banged a 3 foot threaded rod through the hole which will hold the tree house supports. i thought it would be a pain to get the rod all the way through but it went in without too much of a fight.
next up, hanging the supports without falling from the ladder!
progress on The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse(s) is going a little slower than i’d like ( pesky marathon training! ) but it’s still happening.
thanks to suggestions after asking about drilling a hole through a tree i done did ordered a 3/4″ x 24″ auger bit which is plenty long enough to make it through the tree 12 feet up.
i’m hoping to drill a hole straight through two trees, run threaded rod through the holes and bolt the tree house supports to the threaded rod. so now i just need to figure out how to drill the holes through two trees that are about 15 feet apart so everything will be level after i start building the deck on top of the supports.
i’m getting close to starting to build The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse(s). after talking with some builders, i’ve decided to drill a hole straight through the trees, run threaded rod through the hole and bolt the tree house supports to the threaded rod ( i’ll have more on the plans soon ).
but how do i drill a hole through a 24 inch tree? our local hardware store only has a 15″ auger bit. i found 3/4″ x 17″ auger bit and an 3/4″ x 18″ bit but nothing close to 24 inches.
can i make a clean, straight hole with this 54″ long cable bit?
update: a friend pointed me to this 3/4″ x 24″ auger bit which might do the trick although it’s a bit spendy.
is it a coincidence that after completing an Electrified Tinkering Space with Power Tools odin has asked me, ever so kindly, if we could build a Tree House together?
he has a vision of building three tree houses in The Big Spruces in our backyard ( one of which is already home to the most super awesomest tree swing. EVAR! which has served us well over the years ) connected via rope bridges and possibly a zip line from the house.
i like his style. how could i possibly say no?
after building the sauna and chicken coop, i think i have the skills to make it happen.