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mummytojames Sun 13-Feb-05 23:45:39

does anyone know if i can build my own childrens cabin for outdoors useing mdf? if not could someone sugest a good wood thats cheapish and will be fine out doors

Snugs Sun 13-Feb-05 23:53:51

MDF will split if it gets damp and eventually turn to sawdust, so on it's own it wont do the job. Will check with DH tomorrow, but I think the stuff you want is called marine ply - it is plyboard specially treated for damp conditions.

DH builds holiday homes, so hopefully will know the answer for you.

Snugs Mon 14-Feb-05 23:10:42

Right - apparently marine ply is really expensive so scrap that idea!

DH suggests building a timber frame construction (2" x 1" timbers should suffice) and clad that with roofing ply (which will be in metric - you want 9mm thickness). It normally comes in 8' x 4' sheets and will have been pre-treated, but DH recommends that you treat it again anyway. Any good external wood treatment, such as you would do a fence with.


mummytojames Fri 18-Feb-05 00:26:31

thanks sug sorry would have got back to you sooner but havent been online will serch now for the prices of roofing ply
thanks again i dont know where my dp gets these ideas for building our own cabin for ds i swear it would have been easier to buy one

Chandra Fri 18-Feb-05 00:34:30

If you found the project difficult try e-nay, there are sometimes some wonderful Little Tykes stuff for the price of peanuts, but watch out for imposible postage HTH

hub2dee Fri 18-Feb-05 08:38:06

You can get treated, green MDF for use outside I believe. You could also look at the stuff the Americans use to line bathroom walls. (not Aquapanel, something else - Wedi board I think).

A roll of roofing felt (£10) will give you several years protection to any crappy wood used on a playhouse roof though.

SoupDragon Fri 18-Feb-05 08:42:12

Buy a cheap shed and then paint & acessorise it

mummytojames Sat 19-Feb-05 14:54:29

thanks all i looked at the price of the sheds for the same size as the cabin and they were exactly the same priceand dp thinks 400 pound is a waste of money when he can build it himself cheaper amd chandra i will check out e-nay now cheers all

hub2dee Sat 19-Feb-05 16:49:57

Just be aware that the kiddy playhouses have different design features you might want compared to standard adult sheds - proportions of doors / windows / split levels, rounded edges to everything, non-toxic paints etc. etc.

Ref price - I know it sounds a lot but even doing even a simple little building from scratch can take a surprising amount of time. Sadly, I speak from experience... ask the wife.

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