|The Rondack Lodge
Building The Frame
Design Copyright 2007, Steve Frederick
|Frame||Exterior Walls, Body||Floor Assembly||Phyll's Fenders||Cabin Interior||Galley||Electrical/Plumbing||Finishing/Details||Voyages|
|I decided to use 2" by 3" by 1/8" tubing for this frame. It will give me more strength than 2" by 1/4" tubing. I laid out the frame to incorporate the tongue with the frame. I'll add extensions to the sides to support the width of the body.|
|I added a section of 1/4" plate steel to the bottom of the miter where the frame and tongue meet .
|I have the frame welded and ready to flip over to finish welding the top, and add the dropped floor section.|
dropped floor is made from 11-gauge black sheet steel. It's very strong
and water-tight! I'll line it with insulation and a wood floor later.
|I'm going to add a removable bumper, so I welded two 1-1/4" recievers to the rear of the frame.|
|The frame is cleaned up with acetone, and is ready for primer and paint.
|Here's the frame, painted in Rustoleum gloss black over two coats of primer.
I have the wheels/brakes installed, ready to test-roll!
|The black-steel dropped floor, welded in place.
I only painted the outside, since I will be covering the inside with insulation and a layer of 1/4" ply, later.
|A friend pointed out that there might be a possibility of rust inside the floor area, so I primed and painted it! Thanks Micro!!|