My Little Romany Wagon: A Labor Of Love

Categories: Tiny House

Once the door frame was in, I began to add tongue and groove shiplap plywood as an exterior,

When i first began this project i was building it outside, and in western Oregon, it wasn't always sunny outside. That was alright with me though, because the rain gave me a chance to test out my canvas. Believe it or not, I just used a painters canvas and even untreated, it actually repelled water pretty well, that is until you touched it. As soon as i touched the inside the water began to drip inside.

To get the shape of the bow top, I actually found a photo of a bow top gypsy wagon and projected it onto the wood siding at night with an opaque projector. This was not as easy as it sounds. Projecting can look great, but unless you are constantly measuring and making adjustments, the image can be totally distorted and really screw things up!

I also made the framework from recycled cedar from an old deck that was remodeled. Each piece had to be made from a cardboard pattern, which took forever getting them to fit together correctly

MY NEW DIGS! Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to find a new place to live. Divorce sucks, but the Lord provided! While i was looking around for a new abode, i decided that I wasn't out to impress anyone, so I moved into a small warehouse. I just threw my bed in the back office, and altered the mop sink as a makeshift shower stall. In a way this was a dream come true. i mean, doesn't every man secretly fantasize about living in his own garage? This was an awesome man cave! Not only that, now I was able to work on my project out of the weather!

Of course, i had to have the help of my supervisor!

Anyway, now it was time to begin work on the roof. I used thin tongue and groove pine boards with the smooth side facing inside the interior ceiling and as the under layer for the roof.

The little window was a discontinued demo model from a window company. I got it cheap.

Now for the gingerbread! Again I used recycled boards. I made a cardboard pattern for each piece, and designed the joints so that everything actually held together on its own before I screwed it all together. to seal the joints, I used Bondo as a filler.

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