Step 1: Kiddie Camper
My wife and kids were asking me to build them a playhouse. We live in a rental house and I did not want to make something I would have to later leave behind...so I came up with this instead.
We have a large yard and my kids love their PowerWheels jeeps. They are good little vehicles but have little to no storage capability. I first set out to make a little pull behind trailer. I quickly threw one together out of a plastic storage box, a crutch, some harbor freight wheels and a simple all thread axel. Before to long the kids were loving their little trailer. I decided to up to ante.
This my first instructable so please forgive me if we use more generalized steps.
Step 2: Materials
Decide what shape. I decided on a classic teardrop. Selecting size and shape. I am cheap and wanted to get as much out of my materials as possible.
1-sheet of plywood (floor and sides)
1 sheet if 4x8 hardy board (roof)
4ft of 1x1 steel tubing (trailer tongue)
Scrapes of steel
2 fixed castor 10" pneumatic tires
2 pieces of acrylic (windows)
PVC trim outside corner 16f?
Step 3: Layout
I wanted to maximize the material used on the the sides so I used a piece of PVC molding to layout the pattern. I arched the PVC across the plywood ensuring to pass through the center of the sheet. Clamp along the way and trace out the pattern.
I did a quick rough cut to get the approximate shape cutting diagonally through the sheet. I then stacked what will become the two side . I cut out the pattern with a jig saw.
Step 4: Floor
I went with a simple 4'x5' floor. I used 2x4 cut to length. Assembled into a simple box with a stretcher running length wise and the screwed the plywood base to it.
Step 5: Beginning Assembly
I attached the side temporarily to the base with screws. This allowed the side to be held up and parallel to each other. I then began working around the curved side screwing in 2x2x48" pieces about every 10" or so (more in the tighter curved areas.