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post #46 of 121 Old 10-25-2011, 11:03 PM
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If I were to do mine over, I'd SERIOUSLY consider tongue-and-groove boards. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. And your impressions the after the first time you load it up and take it somewhere.

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post #47 of 121 Old 10-26-2011, 07:56 AM
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If I were to do mine over, I'd SERIOUSLY consider tongue-and-groove boards. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. And your impressions the after the first time you load it up and take it somewhere.
I'm looking at putting a new axle and leaf's under my current trailer, and using the current axle and suspension for a new light duty trailer. I'm seriously considering expanded metal grating for weight and durability.

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If I were to do mine over, I'd SERIOUSLY consider tongue-and-groove boards. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. And your impressions the after the first time you load it up and take it somewhere.
Yah, me too. just getting the test side up shows me I did the right thing for me by using t&g. I still need to weld up some side bars to help support the four foot span of wood but other than that it's pretty close. Can't wait to get home and get back on it.

One problem arose though. I used 1.25" angle iron on the corners and so the ends of the wood are going to have to trimmed, I believe it is a rabbit cut. So I can get the front and sides to fit inside the corner iron. I should've used 1.5" angle but oh well. That's what this experiment is all about. Live and learn.


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Got a few things done today. Had to cut off the old 1.25" corners and replace them with 2" corners. Stupid me, trying to save weight and got too small of corners for the tongue and groove siding. One side would fit but both wouldn't. So, cut and grind off the old and weld on the new 2" corners. Got all 4 done and then welded the top part of the cage on. Here's a few picks of where it's at now. Next is the riser and then the lid and then paint the frame, etc. Then stain and varnish the wood siding and we've got a trailer.

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The welding is finished. Now on to sanding and painting of the frame and wood siding.
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Frame painted. Onto the wood...
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post #52 of 121 Old 11-20-2011, 11:50 PM
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Thanks for the build up, plan on doing the same type of build soon
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post #53 of 121 Old 11-21-2011, 11:01 PM
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cool project. i'm building up a larger harbor freight trailer (folding type). building it to haul a kayak, motorcycle, etc. i'll post pics shortly.

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Not sure if this will help, I like you're idea, but I wonder if you could use that weather resistant plastic/wood board that people have been using when building decks/fence line. I think its like a plastic composite made with sawdust or something.

Just a thought, nice build thus far!

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Not sure if this will help, I like you're idea, but I wonder if you could use that weather resistant plastic/wood board that people have been using when building decks/fence line. I think its like a plastic composite made with sawdust or something.

Just a thought, nice build thus far!
Coke bottles are thrown in there as well. One company calls it correct deck. very impressive stuff, but $$$$. Would be worth it though for a trailer build.
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I thought about the plastic wood, but I couldn't find how much tongue and groove would be, if they even made it. But, in the end I wanted the look of real wood anyway and just stuck with spruce tongue and groove. I'm varnishing it as we speak and should have it installed by the weekend, time permitting.


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got the wood stained today; already for the coats of varnish. Turned out a bit darker than I wanted, but at least it sort of matches my top.
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three coats of varnish; ready to install
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post #59 of 121 Old 12-04-2011, 10:18 PM
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Your trailer is going to be a work of art! Hopefully you won't be afraid to use it once you're done building it. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Given that work was closed today due to a big snow storm last night, I decided to do some work on the trailer. Here is a photo of where I'm at. It's starting to come together. Still gotta bolt the wood in, put the lights and fenders on and then eventually I'll build a top for it and change the axle and wheels. But until then, I'll use it with a custom made tarp and the 12" ones.
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