The Dog House *It's done!!!! 6/20/2015"

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Postby starleen2 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:19 am

NICE frame :thumbsup:
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Postby jss06 » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:11 pm

Here are the latest updates...

Making the body mounts. 2" square 3/16 steel with a 1/2 inch grade 8 bolt. This is all epoxied together and will be gorilla glued to the floor. Should be able to remove the floor without having to get to the tops of the bolts.

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What the floor sandwich looks like. Bolt through 3/16" plate, then 1/2" plywood and finally 1/4" metal tab welded to the frame. With 10 of these, I don't think I have to worry about the body coming off the frame. :rotflmao:

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Framing the floor and making sure the eletric parts will fit. The black box is a AC/DC power distribution panel. The metal box on the left is the AC to DC power converter with built in battery charger. The bare metal bracket is a hold down for an optima Battery. I will mount this to the floor and use it to hold my Optima Blue Top battery.

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Finally, it's always nice to have the right tools for the job. My wife gave me the portable bench for christmas a couple of years ago. The compound miter saw is from interior trim and molding work in the past.

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Postby jss06 » Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:15 pm

I have been doing work slowly over the last couple of weeks. I finished the floor framing, and started on the profile for the walls.

First had to extend the walls. Used the router to create a lap joint and glued the pieces together. This gives me a wall blank that is 9 ft. 6 inches long. I only need it to be 9 ft 3 inches for my profile.

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nothing like a bag of old concrete to use as a press.


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After that all dried, I marked out the profile and modified my design slightly.

I cut out the basic profile today. Need to still cut out the door, wheel well and the hatch.

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Went shopping for electrical and building supplies for the trailer today. While at Home Depot I found these hinges.

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They are enamled gate hinges. $6 a piece including screws. Better yet they are similar enough to the design on the Wrangler to look good with it.
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Postby jss06 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:13 pm

Side profile is cut out.

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Postby bdosborn » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:40 pm

Looks good. The hinges match your jeep pretty good.
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Postby jss06 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:58 pm

Finally after a couple of months waiting for the weather to warm up enough for the glue to cure properly I have made some more progress.

I finally decided on how I was going to seal the rear hatch. Had to make a failry elaborate piece to match the contours of what I wanted. This allowed me to finish up the framing of the walls.

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Test fitting it.

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With the rear glued and clamped, I was able to frame out the door opening.

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I will route out the frame to match the door opening and some electrical chases tomorrow for the marker lights.

Then need to pick up the insulation and skin the interior of the walls. This way the walls are complete when they finally get mounted on the frame.
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Postby joebobsqrpants » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:04 am

Looks awesome! Ill def be keeping an eye on this one.
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Postby parnold » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:09 am

I love your craftsmanship..

and I have workbench envy!

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Postby jss06 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:02 pm

Finshed the door opening out. Need to add reinforcements in the walls to support the cabinates and galley shelf.

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Routed out the wiring chases for the marker lights. There will be simular cut made in the floor to keep the wiring from chafing.

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Postby jss06 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:58 pm

Okay, finally getting the walls to the point I will be able to put them up.

Installing the inserts for the hinge bolts. I am using the same thing to mount the fenders to the body.

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Insulating the walls. Obviously the 3/4" insulation I picked up is just slightly thicker than 3/4". You can see the reinforcements that are built into the walls for the cabinate installs

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Nothing a belt sander and a bit of time wont fix. The places it still looks like it's too thick is a result of the insulation bowing up.

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And finally the interior skin is on. The backwall will be where the interior skin ends. This is the first wall finished. The second wall is together and drying right now.

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This wall weighs 51.4 lbs. currently.

At this point I need to to do some clean up on the floor then I can mount the walls.
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Postby Miriam C. » Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:16 pm

:thumbsup: :applause: Great profile! One of the advantages of milling your own boards is you can get a true measure but you also get heavier! :thumbsup: Have fun putting up those walls.
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Postby jss06 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:38 pm

Got to spend some more time working on the trailer today.

Wall 1 is Up.

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Followed Quickly by wall 2.

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I could not wait to see if the fenders would cover the wheels/tires. So I put the wheel back on and temporarily mounted the fender. It fits great. The fender is a stock Jeep TJ rear fender flair. They are cheap and can be found virtually anywhere. They just require a few minor modifications and then bolt on.

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Postby parnold » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:50 pm

Great idea using the fender flare! I'll have to tuck that idea away, it may come in handy sometime.

Looking good all around... Nice work!

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Postby S. Heisley » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:09 pm

Your trailer's profile is attractive and the fenders look great. You're doing a nice job. :thumbsup: Thanks for sharing. :applause:
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Postby jss06 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:28 pm

Been working on the intergrated tongue box. Its going slow as its fairly complex and its taking a while to work out all the angles.
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