Main seating design & fabrication

The original seats were surprisingly flimsy when taken out, they got a lot of their strength I guess from being riveted to the walls and screwed to the floor. The new seating will also be riveted to the walls and floor using corner brackets screwed to the frame (stainless steel screws so they don’t rust) […]

Furniture construction begins!

“Measure twice, cut once” I made a mistake when doing some DIY and cut a piece of wood too short at our last house and since then my lovely wife says this to me every time I embark on a project, and many many times throughout… So with that in mind I headed back to […]

Thinking of Starting Fabrication

I bought 10 off 4.2m lengths of 20mm x 20mm sized/planed oak strip from Nick’s Timber ( in Gloucester and 2 sheets of 3.6mm plywood. The framing will be in oak and I’ll rout out grooves (5mm deep) in the oak frames to slot the ply in. The frames will be glued and doweled together […]

Measuring up and starting the design!

So, rather than fly by the seat of my pants and wing the construction, the engineer in me fired up the CAD program and started drawing some ideas using the 20mm square oak as a frame and inserting 3.6mm ply panels for strength and lightness where needed. First some measurements were needed so I could […]

Painting the outside

We wanted to paint the outside of the caravan and get rid of the 1980’s go faster stripes so it looked more ‘retro’. I got some paint mixed from Bailey’s Paints in Stroud ( who I can highly recomend if you’re in the area. My wife peeled the plastic stripes off with a heat gun […]

Initial assessment and pictures

So we got it home pretty uneventfully, not all the rear lights were working so was waiting to be pulled over and have my ear bent along with a producer…but it was our lucky day! The first thing my wife said was that the cushions had to go, she wasn’t sitting/sleeping on them. In all […]