Gypsy Wagon Shell Raise the Rafters

posted Jan 22, 2017, 4:31 PM by David Hakan
The original plan of putting this shell together in a couple of days was SO optimistic. Here we are in the third week looking at the slight problem of the curved roof space being Bigger than the 4 x 8 foot sheets of plywood.
On the plans, the arc of a 6' radius circle created by a chord 93" long is 7.8 feet. On paper. In theory. But we needed the roof pieces to attach to the outside frame of 2x4s holding the walls. So that is another 3 inches. 
The answer? More wood! So we hand draw, trace and cut out solid wood curved rafters to go out from a central beam. This will take more time, but it the shell will be even closer to the actual inside of the finished gypsy wagon this way. So we get them done and mounted. This also really makes the whole structure more solid. We filled in the gap on the south side with 2x4s. We are ready to raise the roof.