| 'Lil Diners One and Two
A new design by Mike Schneider
|Intro||Wall Panels||Insulation, Wiring, Floor||Bulkheads||Roof||Galley||Diner #1 Finished||Diner #2 Differences||Diner #2 Final Touches|
|I'll be posting progress pictures as I build the first Lil Diner Teardrop Trailer. This is a design by Mike Schneider, a variation of The Weekender.The design is being finalized as of this entry. A trip to Home Depot soon for pattern materials.|
|Well, Mike and I have
gone back and forth in a flurry of E-mail and a phone call...The plans
have evolved to include a tongue box. Some changes were made to
accomodate Air Conditioning, ala a window unit, through the galley
bulkhead, and a small, propane furnace.
The design is now 11 feet long. This presents the challenge of building side walls to 54" by 11'. The plan will be, for me to build up a panel large enough to cut the sides from. I don't want a "traditional" seam, as the sides will be clear-coated. I came up with a rough idea for a simple curved splice.
|I fiddled with Mike's drawing in Paint to get an idea of where the joints would need to be.|
|I plotted out the profile, roughly, on graph paper.
I cut a "4 by 8" panel that could be moved around to help in the layout.
I cut scale panels in Birch and Oak.
The panels are 8" by 16".
I layed the panels out in a stack to be cut out together. This will, hopefully, yield a joint good enough to assemble.
|Here's the first try! Looks pretty good! The panels are offset to put wood in the areas where the side wall will actually be.
I have the assembled panel glued up now. I'll coat in 'glass tommorrow to get the feel for the final product.
|Here's the mock-up of the side in scale. You can see the weave of the 'glass, since, I only applied one coat of epoxy to bond the fabric. The actual panels will get a fill coat of epoxy over the bonding coat. This fills the weave, and gives a good surface for final finish, spar varnish.|
|I did a second test to see how Luan, from the home center, would look between sections of Birch.|