All earthly structures begin with a foundation of some sort, even living wagons. In our case, the trailer frame is the earth, the ledge and subfloor serve as the foundation upon which, all is built. I proposed to attach the new section pretty much the same way and addition is connected to a house, by supplementing the structure at the joining lines and creating “nailers” to provide fastening surfaces for the new wood.
Going back to the day job for the week left me with only limited work times. No real workshop means no light and submitting to the ever-changing weather. This became the perfect time to make lumber from the piles of miscellaneous scrap and recycled boards I have been hoarding the past couple years. This is boring work and requires a lot of noisy time with the table saw and planer but yields a lots of free, well-seasoned lumber for building great things.
It’s satisfying to begin seeing real progress, even if it’s only just a shell going up. Pre-cut tongue-and-groove pine makes for easy work at this stage. The sad old door is being kept in place to help shelter the interior from unforeseen weather. We hope to get the bedroom area cleaned up, repairs made, and some re-varnishing done in the coming weekend.
Corner posts were secured and, unlike the first edition of the build, framed walls were created and await their double layer skin. I took this opportunity to mock-up the arch from plywood and test fitted it against the existing wall. Finally, it feels like real progress.
If you are looking for Part 1 of the rebuild/addition then CLICK HERE.