Monday, April 26, 2010

Second wall nearing completion

The second wall is nearly done! We've got a few more boards to go above the window. Building this wall presented some engineering challenges. All of the gypsy wagons we've looked at have walls that are built straight above the edge of the trailer, allowing them to be firmly anchored in the foundation box. We designed our front wall that way, but for the rear wall we decided to make the wall jut out a foot at the level of the bed platform. This means the bed will only take up three feet of floorspace instead of 4.

That's all well and good, but how do you get the T&G wall to support itself when there is no way to anchor the upper two thirds of the wall to the floor? Our solution was to put two brackets on the inside of the shelf, spaced to form the boundaries of the bed. On the outside of the wall, we anchored 1x4s to these brackets to support the tongue and groove, like so:

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