Why steel tube frames?

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′ […]

Unimog repair

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 […]

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 […]