Kiln dried untreated Douglas Fir 2″x4″ (actual 1.5″x3.5″) lumber is specified to weigh 1.28 lbs per linear foot. This can change with prolonged exposure to humidity and variation in suppliers, species, and other variables. 1″x1″x.065 seam weld ASTM steel tube is .814 lbs per linear foot. With ends fixed, the calculated deflection for a 4′ […]
Hand forge hinges
Got the hinges in. I prototyped the hidden hinge arm, so the geometry works. I was thinking about getting some arms waterjet from 3″ steel billet, but I can probably make some from a couple layers of 3″ 1/8 plate stacked after some precision bending. This would have been easier with junkyard hinges but I […]
So, some progress with stuff – prerequisites, if you will. The welder has been fixed up. A new wire drive wheel, some offroad casters, and weld the damn cart together because it’s been falling apart on this bus build. To re-christen the welder and get some stuff done, I cut out the rust in the […]
Main ceiling done
I got the ceiling done. Next up is to start paneling the walls, and then framing and paneling interior walls, rooms, and storage. I picked up a spiffy welding blanket so I wouldn’t wreck the plastic if I have to weld in the bus.
Bunk bed idea
I think at the beginning of this project I had envisioned bunks that were fixed, like little kennels or cubbies that the kids can hide in. Recently though, I’ve come to terms with the limited space inside the bus, and I think that foldable “murphy” beds are the best option. This setup with a tall […]
Bunk bed fabrication started
I have spent all of my spare time on a parts drafting project so there hasn’t been any progress on the bunks for the last, oh, week. Sigh. I at least managed to weld together the support frames. They’re constructed in such a way to allow them to be transported through the front door. Next […]
It’s a straightforward translation from high to low, but the patch for the corner gets a little strange shaped. I made a template with cardboard which is way more low tech and easy to do. The drawing below wasn’t something I actually used but illustrates the effort nicely. Blue tape lines “sketch” in the transition […]
Bluebird roof raise kit
Just cut and weld!
Windows and other bits removed.
I got a few hours this afternoon to work on the bus, here is what got done. Windows out, anybody need some tinted ones? I’m doing the pacific northwest rain dance which is to start a project phase that gets everything wet if the weather is bad. I have the left side window frame skins […]