Teardrop Trailer – Build Day 3

MORE FRAMING AND THE FLOOR

FloorTHE FLOOR
The floor is made of 1/2″CDX and is a bit thin but ultimately it will have the steel frame of the trailer supporting it so I’m not too worried about strength.

I was only able to get plywood in 4×8′ sheets so I had two sheets ripped (with a large and a small side) and using the two larger pieces from each board I was able to get the correct 6×8′ coverage.

I found this 3M All Weather Flashing Tape which looks like the perfect stuff to seal the seam in the floor. I’m also going to cover the bottom of the boards with a few coats of marine primer.

Across the ends I have two 56″ 2×3’s holding the two halves together. These 2×3’s will also serve as beams to connect the base of the two walls.

TracingCurve02CARVING CURVES IN THE FRAME
I traced out the area I need to cut to make a a curve in the frame piece so it will fit the front curve. I’m using a hand saw to cut the curve, it takes a little effort but I’m getting decent results.

TracingCurve01THE CURVE TRACED OUT
Four straight cuts with the pull saw should approximate this curve.

CurveCutA CURVE CARVED OUT
I took some whacks at this piece with the chisel which really sped things up although I sacrificed some perfection.  The curve is a little rough but will work. I plan to sand the outside edges of the walls when I finish framing to clean things up enough so I can lay the roof down with a nice clean edge.

CurvePlacedA CURVED FRAME PIECE IN PLACE
Well, my curved frame piece fits pretty well. Some glue and a clamp and on to the next piece.

Curve02MORE CURVED PIECES CLAMPED AND GLUED
Lots of glue and clamping here. I’ve run a few strategically placed drywall screws in there as well just to make sure things hold together. Eventually this whole thing will have to bounce down the road.

Matches01FRONT CURVE LINES UP GREAT
The cutting went great! The curve lines up almost perfectly. It’s hard to tell from the photo above but those are two wall skins back to back, both of which are partially framed.

Matches02BACK CURVES LINE UP TOO
I’m really glad this is working out so well. The closer these are now the less sanding I have to do later.

TwoWallsTWO WALLS
I’ve got two walls trimmed and almost fully framed. Once I finish framing out the rest and cutting some doors it’ll be time to put in the insulation.