I started the framing last night and finished up using the materials I had easily available this morning. So, not much done, but it’s a start, right?
I’m still into using reclaimed/repurposed materials as much as possible, so for the truck bed I laid out metal roofing panels as the bottom layer. Here’s a pic:
That green stuff is a protective layer of special fabric to keep the metal and the untreated wood separate. Metal just loves to condense water, and I don’t want the wood laying in that, of course. I’ve had the fabric for forever, and it’s fantastic to finally get to use it.
Also got the sill plates cut to measure and drilled out for the 3/8 galvanized bolts that will hold the house to the truck frame. 5 holes along each side of the bed (every two feet). The very front-most hole on each side is in the way of future studs, so I chiseled out enough wood around the hex head to allow the bottom stud plate to sit flush on the sill plate. A picture showing what I’m painfully trying to describe:
I just realized I should have taken pictures of the “fancy” cutting I had to do to work around the metal supports behind the cab. I’ll try to remember to do that tomorrow.
Then I ran out of 2x6s so had to stop. The next step is putting in the floor joists and rim joists. I need 7 boards for that as I’m using a 24″ OC spacing. I don’t mind a bouncy floor, if that does happen, and according to span tables, the floor will be more than sturdy enough. Until I was run off by the hot hot sun I marked off the joist spacing, so once the boards are here I can get right to placing them. Yes, I double- and triple-checked my measurements.
So far so good. This build should (crossing my fingers) go smoothly, now that I have some construction experience. It’s nice to be doing this again 😀
Another thing I can do tomorrow is see if the studs in the original Tiny House are long enough to use for the floor joists. I need them to be 7′ 7″ long, so it’s a possibility. Here’s to hope!