Build thread: One-man Sleeper

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Build thread: One-man Sleeper

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:51 pm

Well, that's the name. It sleeps one, with not much room for anything else. It's also shaped a bit like a coffin. I haven't used my carpentry skills for a long time, so it is what it is.

Here's the starting point. A PWC trailer from CraigsList for $160:

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Stripped off the boards, extraneous hardware, and decals, then primed:

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Bottom side got cleaned and primed as well:

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:53 pm

These lynch pin thingies had to go:

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Whacked off with a cutoff wheel, and primed the bulkhead:

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:00 pm

Couple of sticks of 2x4, ripped down to 3", make up for the dropped crossmembers:

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Half-inch BC plywood, cut to size & shape:

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Framing for mounting the walls. The gaps are for the bolts that hold the floor to the frame.

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:03 pm

Painted the frame with 2 coats of Rustoleum High-Performance oil-base enamel in Leather Brown:

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The bottom of the floor is primed and painted with the same stuff and bolted down (no pic). This is the desert, so it's all the "undercoating" I think I'll need.
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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:12 pm

A brief diversion...

The hitch is mounted:

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The HF LED taillight kit is installed and wired, along with a license plate mount:

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So that the self-aware, soon-to-be camper can pick up its own lumber:

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:15 pm

Couple of side walls go up:

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Then the back wall is temp'd into place, so I can nibble away at the bottom corners to tuck inside the frame drop:

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:19 pm

When I saw how my sketched design looked "in the flesh", I hated it. It was essentially a 4 foot cube with a "nose cone". Instead, I decided to go with a full wedge profile.

So I whacked off the tops of the walls:

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Cut down the back wall, too, and cut the opening for the door:

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:22 pm

Brief diversion...

This door came off a full-height camper shell at the junkyard. It wasn't pretty, but for $30, I couldn't resist.

Inside is primed:

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And painted "Unmellow Yellow":

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:27 pm

Here you can see the forward 3 walls, primed and attached to the floor. Also, the roof framing is starting to go in.

(Yes, I'm aware that I'm building this "inside out", i.e. framing *after* the walls are up. It's the best I can do.)

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Framing for the 14" x 14" roof vent. You can also see where I finished framing the door jamb.

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Lots of triangles make the roof really beefy:

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:31 pm

First finish coat is on. Starting to look like something:

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The door is hung:

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And the sub-roof, 3/16" Masonite, is cut and partially installed:

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That brings us up to today. More to come. Thank you for reading my build thread,

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby Ron Dickey » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:39 pm

Welcome,

You may have more room then you think. You can put in shelves over head or by the door. You could raise the floor a little and have room to store some bring alongs. like stove, canopy, table. which way is you head?

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:43 pm

Ron Dickey wrote:Welcome,

You may have more room then you think. You can put in shelves over head or by the door. You could raise the floor a little and have room to store some bring alongs. like stove, canopy, table. which way is you head?

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Thanks for the welcome, Ron. Sleeping position will be "head to the rear". That's why the door is offset, so I can "sit up in bed" on a 4" foam mattress, with my back against the rear wall. Eventual plans call for shelving & storage on the driver side wall.
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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby Cantputt » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:02 am

You are making good progress. There is a certain satisfaction for doing it your way vs following the book. Keep it up. :applause:
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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby eggsalad » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:40 am

Cantputt wrote:You are making good progress. There is a certain satisfaction for doing it your way vs following the book. Keep it up. :applause:


Thanks, Cantputt. My skill level and tools force me to do it my own way. I see what others here have done, and I know I could never duplicate those techniques. Heck, even with what little I've done, I've had to learn and figure things out and "wing it" just to get this far!

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Re: Build thread: The Coffin

Postby KCStudly » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:38 pm

I feel the same way, too.

Everything is relative to our own personal experience.

You will be camping very soon! :thumbsup:
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