Introduction: Gypsy Wagon

here is the second Gypsy wagon I built along with some friends . I hope you enjoy it.

Step 1: Build Your Harbor Freight Trailer !

Step 2: Build 4x8 Box Out of 2x12s

Step 3: Floor Subframe Is 2x4s .. You Could Just Slap a 4x8 Sheet on This But I Was Afraid of Deflection.

Step 4: Add 3/4 Plywood.

Step 5: Screw It All Down With Exterior Grade Deck Screws.

Step 6: I Added the Ledges First But in Retrospect I Should Have Done the Gussets First.

Step 7: Add You Own Flare Here !

Step 8: Screw and Glue All Gussets

Step 9: You Could Stop Here and Have Very Cool Wagon Lol!

Step 10: Time to Transfer Your Drawing From That Napkin !

Step 11: Cut Out Your Shape !

Step 12: King Pins Installed Now Hang Your Cut Outs on the King Pins and Screw Them Down.

Step 13: Front and Back Walls Are Hung

Step 14: Side Frame Is 2x2s 16s on Center.

Step 15: Dont Forget to Cut These Notches

Step 16: Fit Roof Stringers I Used 10 Footers

Step 17: Add Insulation to Side Walls

Step 18: Cut Out Doors and Windows !

Step 19: Fasten Roof Stringers

Step 20: Used Pneumatic Stapler and Glue to Add 1/4 Ply Walls in and Out.

Step 21: The Ceiling Pieces Are Next ! We Used 1 Inch Wood Screws for This Bit.

Step 22: Cut and Install More Insulation in Between Stringers and Taped With Heavy Duty Foil Tape

Step 23: Time to Add the Bows (1/4 Inch Lath Boards)

Step 24: Lay Poly Propylene Tarp and Install Lath Strips Front ,back and Sides . Trim Off Excess !

Step 25: Stain and Varnish (or Paint) Your Favorite Color !

Step 26: Time to Build Window Frames and Door Frame .

Step 27: Trim Over All Your Seems and Around Door and Windows

Step 28: Add Window and Door Stops .

Step 29: Dry Fit Doors and Windows (all Built With Kreg Jig) Window Are 2x2 and Door Is Made From 2x4 and a Piece of 4/4 Ply.

Step 30: Finish Doors and Windows. Cut and Mortise for Hardware .

Step 31: Time to Take It All Back Down Add Window Stops, Varnish ,dry Fit Glass. (glass Was From Seattle Stained Glass)

Step 32: Install Glass for the Last Time.

Step 33: Install Door Windows and Hardware !!

Step 34: Install Deck !! Exterior Is Done !!!

Step 35: Install Bed Platform and Benches I Also Put Some 110 Outlets.

Step 36: Install Flooring

Step 37: Install Trim Over All Seems !

Step 38: Trim Trim Trim Trim ...trim. Add Curtains and a Bed !

Step 39: Finishing Touches



DavidHakan made it!(author)2016-10-08

Great job. Would you post dimensions for the walls, floor and roof and interior space, please? I am definitely building a version of a gypsy wagon. I am trying for 7 ft wide by 11 ft long interior space! Thanks.

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2016-10-08

I'm sorry just sold it and don't have the plans anymore. Good luck on your build I'd love to see pictures.

hooty-hoo made it!(author)2016-09-23

I like your attention to detail. I was wondering how long your roof will last? Some colored, (green, blue, etc.) sheet metal roofing would really look good. Thanks for showing how you built it.

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2016-09-23

Yeah the roof tarp I get about two years a metal roof would have been way better ...copper would have been my choice . I recently sold my wagons as we are moving.

JosephG126 made it!(author)2016-09-10

Hello, I did a similar build off a ford pickup
bed frame from a totaled pickup truck many years ago. I agree with the another
poster Putting the door in the back makes the air flow while towing a null
concern. You can also then make the deck larger and fold-up able and lockable
while traveling. I also used a folding down bed as a seating area during the
day and a bed at night as some tow-a-longs do presently. Put it long way in the
wagon instead of across that way there is no need to elevate it. With the solar
panels idea, a battery and a New wave oven and say New wave PIC and a small
sink you should be really comfortable.

StephenS174 made it!(author)2016-09-01

Before building the frame on the trailer I would purchase flat poly tanks for potable water and waste-water. Also, add a box up front by the hitch with in the frame for silicon rechargeable battery, water pump and inverter for flexible solar panels along with a small solar water tube system using black irrigation tubing with fittings for hot water. Then you could have an out side shower sprayer hook up so you could shower out side in on of those camping privacy shower unit. Last but not least is a marine toilet hidden inside.

smikette made it!(author)2016-08-30

great ible!!!

scooter371+ made it!(author)2016-04-22

Wunderschön. ?

ShawnS60 made it!(author)2016-08-30

Du hast recht, Mensch! Wunderschön sind die Beiden, is' die Wahrheit! Ich wünsche sehr, dass ich solch eine hätte!

billbillt made it!(author)2016-08-30


SusanH75 made it!(author)2016-08-30

Just too adorable. Would love one of these in the backyard as a decoration with flowers around it.

kas227 made it!(author)2016-08-30


PBarnich made it!(author)2016-07-21

It occurred to me that a couple of (small) solar panels and a battery (small) under the white polly tarp portion would still gather enough energy for some LED lighting. It would not effect the esthetics of the wagon. Very nice, good job.

RigoC made it!(author)2016-07-21

I don't know how practical it is, but it's adorable.

ColetteMS made it!(author)2016-07-21

I love this! Amazing work! I'm looking building some sort of tiny home, thanks for sharing!

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2016-07-21

You're very welcome! You should build one it's good for ones soul !

SuzyM1 made it!(author)2016-07-21

This is too cute! These would be great for Ren faires or reenactments. Nice job. Very cozy and fun. Congrats!

dariansimms made it!(author)2016-04-24

Sorry but I'm not quite figuring out how you attached the box frame to the harbor freight wagon.

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2016-04-24

There's holes in the frame rails that I put inch and a half carriage bolts through. Hope that helps .

CurtR made it!(author)2016-04-21

What are the king pins for and where do they go?

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2016-04-21

Two standing 2x4s front and back hold up the walls while the sides and top are finished.hope that helps .

BrandX01 made it!(author)2016-04-21

Hi Jay, did you attend the Port Townsend School of Woodworking for this idea? They have a class on how to build all sorts of gypsy wagons. Some larger and a bit more ornate. Nice job on you camper/yard ornament.

MarkC217 made it!(author)2016-04-21

This seems like it would be too much weight for a Harbor Freight trailer.

spymon74666 made it!(author)2016-04-15

In you have an extimated cost?

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2016-04-15

Hello ! All together the better part of five grand . It was a spendy ! More than I thought but every thing adds up.

KellyC72 made it!(author)2016-04-01

How do you attach the stringers to the front and back walls? How is the tarp roof holding up?
Thank you so much for sharing this!

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2016-04-01

With 3 inch screws . The tarn has been replaced once in 4 years of use.

76Kroh made it!(author)2015-11-22

How is it towing. Good for road trips?

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2015-11-22

honestly don't know it's been a lawn ornament. But if I were to tow it I would have no worries it's very small and I'm sure under 1k for weight. The trailer is rated to 1750 pounds . Hope that helps.

76Kroh made it!(author)2015-11-22

Thanks. I am planning a 4000 mile road trip this summer and will be making something along the lines of yours. I appreciate the detailed instructional it will be a big help! How long did it take you to complete?

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2015-11-22

Six or seven months of a couple hours a day or when weather permitting I built it in my driveway. But I think with a shop you could knock one out in a month.

vmathis made it!(author)2015-09-12

Do you have any drawings or meaurements you'd be willing to share? Also, what size ned did you put in there?

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2015-09-12

Roughly 6 ft wide 7 ft tall and 10 long I do have a drawing but it's very rudimentary. It's in there somewhere. It's a queen bed . We have it listed on Airbnb. Google "gypsy wagon Seattle "

nathan.everett.54 made it!(author)2015-09-07

Don't you have to have tail lights and license plate light to tow it on the highway?

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2015-09-07

Yes it comes with a title and a tail light kit.

kcisis made it!(author)2015-07-23

Oh my, you may have created a monster--I WANT one SO bad! My Scottish grandfather always told a tale that one of our ancestors was a nobleman who was disowned when he fell in love with a gypsy-lol he always emphasized the "nobleman" part while I was interested in the gypsy, obviously things haven't changed much. I'm thinking that making the deck removable would make it easier to actually tow, so I can take this baby "glamping". MANY thanks for sharing--my local Harbor Freight is just a few miles a way and I have a 20% off coupon--woohoo!

Claudio+B made it!(author)2015-07-23

Excelente trabajo, los felicito.

Rouxb made it!(author)2015-07-12

I love it. I'm looking for a larger trailer, I plan to live in mine for several months at a time. With the overhang over in the front (where the porch is), don't you have a problem with wind at higher than back road speeds? I've heard that some people put the doors at the back because of this problem. Regardless I love both of your wagons.

buck2217 made it!(author)2015-07-01

Beautiful build

MrMarble made it!(author)2015-06-16

These are pretty sharp looking.

Annatar2 made it!(author)2015-04-26

How big did you make your ledges? I can't quite tell if you just used more 2x12, or used 2x8 instead.

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2015-04-26

yes 2x12x8.


this is really faboulos! maybe this will be a project i can adopt for a childrens treehouse/gardenhouse

Jonathanrjpereira made it!(author)2014-11-24

Awesome Instructable. Congrats on the Win!

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2014-12-13

thank you so much !

ashley.casares1 made it!(author)2014-11-22

I wish I was the tiniest bit handy! These are absolutely beautiful. I want to make this and turn it into a hen house.

monertobg made it!(author)2014-11-09

i would just love a list of materials cause im going to build one

danielle.peters.712 made it!(author)2014-10-23

I love this so much! Thank you for sharing. How much woodworking experience did you have before this?

jaylabrosse made it!(author)2014-10-23

On a scale of one to ten probably a five . Id never done anything but handy man kinda stuff before ...anyone can do it . Just takes time.

koko33099 made it!(author)2014-10-12

Congrats on the win!

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