Saturday, August 28, 2010


That futon that Leah is referring to is affectionately known as "The Lump." It also weighs 458 lbs. Have you ever tried to move a futon mattress? It's kind of like carrying a dead body. Not that I've carried a dead body. Honest.


Thursday, August 19, 2010


I've been on the hunt for a mattress, searching Amazon, looking at reviews, checking teardrop forums...kinda dreading the discomfort of some crappy RV mattress.

But behold! We have a futon mattress that we use as a murphy bed AND it's quite comfortable, actually, very comfortable, AND it's the perfect size - 53" wide x 75" long. Yay!

I'm going to set it up to convert into a couch when we're not sleeping. That saves us about $150, of course I'm sure I need something else, like a pancake compressor.

Now, on to figure out where the dog will sleep in the tiny quarters. The last thing we want is
Stink Breath sleeping with us. Um, no thanks. I have an idea though...


Sunday, August 15, 2010


This will be the most fun part of building the teardrop, and it will take the longest time.

The drawer fronts are made from a piece of live edge Butternut. The width was a perfect fit. I don't think I'll use this look throughout the build, just the drawers. Although I was contemplating a live edge counter.

I'd rather take my time to stare, plan & think than rush through and mess something up. I'd like to mess something up at slow pace, easier to fix.

There's a lot to consider with such a tiny space. What do we really need? An ice box (it'll be on the lower left side), a camp stove, the almighty french press, a pot & pan, there's definitely head room for a bottle of Grey Goose vodka in those cabinets. Designed around booze, yes indeed.

I ordered a FanTastic vent fan for the roof, should be here next week.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Teardrops on my Pillow

Um, there's going to be room for my king-sized canopy bed in the teardrop, right? Right?


Monday, August 9, 2010

Taking shape

It's starting to look like a little trailer. Now is when you look at it and think, really? it's kinda small... But that's what it's all about, small footprint.

Mistress Amelia came out to the shop to micro manage today. The Tao of Leah says, it is only once you build a tear drop trailer that you can truly micro manage another building a tear drop trailer.

Ok, she wasn't really micro managing...yet. She was just confused about the wee size of it coupled with the logistics of sleeping & the rear galley.

Now I start planning the galley and overhead storage which will take some staring and thinking. Gotta make sure there's enough room for 2 people and a medium sized dog, might be a little tricky, but I'll figure it out.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Floor insulated

The floor is insulated. I'll use polyurethane caulk around each piece.

Now on to drilling holes through the floor so I can attach it to the frame.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Finally, back to work on Weepy!

I cut the side profiles and doors a few days ago. I used a jig saw for the sides. For the doors I used the circular saw and jig saw. I'll re-use the door waste to create the actual doors later.

Now is when I will do a lot of staring....and staring.....and staring. The planning stage of the inside of the cabin has to be well thought out, like a house. I don't want to add to it later. Build what I want now while it's a shell, that's my mantra right now, build what I want now...

The build plan I bought is a little, well, crappy. I'll use it the way I use most recipes or how-to's, purely for reference. The plan suggests that you don't spend a lot on tools, that you can get by using cheap stuff. Well, I can tell you this, that is just WRONG and you all know it. Save up a bit and get a good new or used drill, a good jig saw, a good tool. The fact is it'll last longer and that's what you want in any purchase, longevity, not el cheap-o.

The Tao of Leah says this, Tools aren't disposable, they're investments. Get what you can afford, not what you can squeak by with.

Think, think, think. Stare, stare, stare.