Construction Progress Report – Framed Eaves

It was a bit hot this past weekend but I got to spend a couple days working on the house. I had planned to put more boards on the roof but realized that I needed to first finish the eaves. They took a bit of time to build but I think they look pretty good, so even though I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped I’m still happy with my progress. I came up with the 16×16 diamond window in both eaves on-the-fly and plan to make little opening windows for ventilation.


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Furniture built from free pallets and barn wood

The furniture you see below was made from free pallets and barn wood. When I first saw the photos I really couldn’t believe my eyes. They were made by Jeff who seems to have an endless supply of talents including tiny house building. I posted an article on Jeff’s tiny house on my tiny house design blog a little while back. Be sure to take a look at that house, also very nice. Here’s what Jeff said about this furniture:

The first is a wine cellarette and is built from reclaimed barn boards. It appears to be Southern Yellow Pine with lots of insect damage, which actually adds a lot of character. The other is a Low Boy made of oak.  Typically you would not find an oak low boy, but pallets are free. The pallets I used for the low boy were from pallets used to ship heavy equipment, they were 1″ thick.

It’s really amazing what can be done with free found stuff. It take a bit more effort to turn the trash back into usable material but it can be done, and in this case done very well.



Progress is Slow and Steady

As you can see from the photos below I’ve got a good start. I’ve also found that I’ll save bunch of time by using a table saw, router table, and reciprocating saw, in addition to the tools I already have. There is an old table saw and router table in the old shop at the farm (photos below) and I’ll give those a try before looking to buy anything. The less I spend the less free stuff I have to scavenge and sell to recoup the money and keep this tiny house free.

In the foreground above you can see the trailer. Notice the giant truck wheels which are far larger than those you see on other tiny houses, like the Tumbleweed variety. We also made the decision to permanently attach the house to the trailer. This will be far safer and stronger. This house is about being free too and not about being some fancy transformer. I’ll save the idea for another tiny house… or encourage you to explore the idea.

But I also need to go back the floor plan drawing board and the wheel wells. Now that I’ve dumped the detachable trailer idea, the house doesn’t have a perfectly flat bottom so the last floor plan doesn’t work. I really like the direction I was going in so maybe I can use some of those ideas while adding in the wheel wells.

Above is a stack of pallet slats cut away from their 2×4 rails. They’ve also had their ends cleaned up with a chop saw and sanded. Now they’re waiting for the router tp cut their lap joints.

Above are the boards lined up on the 2×4 frame illustrating how they lap joints will help seal the seams. I was planning on completeing each frame but now I’m thinking I should build the frames, assemble them, and then cover them in slats to keep the slats all lined up and tight.

Above is a close-up of my work space. Next time I’ll set-up in the shade. By lunch time it was at least 90 degrees and my neck is a bit sun burned.

The main tools are a circular saw, router, chop (miter) saw, belt sander, drill, and hack saw. I personally can’t stand battery operated tools so all these plug into the wall. I tried using a jigsaw on the nails but quickly broke my blade. A reciprocating saw would be much easier to use for cutting through the nails. A table saw would make cleaning up the long edges of the slats much easier. A router table would make the lap joints on the slats much cleaner and quicker to cut.

Above is a close-up of how the wall panels will look. The pallet boards fit together really well.

And last but not least my helper, King. He was my wife’s grandpa’s dog. When her parents and aunt inherited the family farm King came with it. He’s very nice, likes eating pine cones, and constantly sneaks up on people to lick their hands when they are not looking. A photographer for the New Your Times was out there with me yesterday… I think he found that out the hard way. Sorry about that Max.