Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The VW Bus Bed, Part 3

Building the VW bus bed bumper box

The bumper was designed, obviously, to be attached to the front of a VW Beetle. I did not have one of those. So I built little feet, and lag-bolted the bumper to them.

I’m missing a few photos here, but I'll try to explain things. I built a little half-moon shaped box with the same curve as the bumper (I traced it on the plywood), then measured to attach a thin piece of plywood to the front. Lots of screws tacked it in place, more or less.

2-1/2 year-old for scale.

I really wasn’t sure it would work, and it only sort of did; it started to bow a little strangely, but I decided I could fix it later (or just live with it). In retrospect even thinner plywood would have been better. But way good enough.

You can also see how I solved the “how do I attach the top of the bus bed side panel” question: little U-shaped bolt dealies. Uncannily they fit around the metal bunk bed posts perfectly; I just used a scrap 2x3 end to space the panel out a bit.

I figured it was as good a time as any to attach the plywood onto the side frames, which on one side was just a matter of screwing it into the 2x3s.

The "bumper box" was also now a place to stack tools. For better or worse.

On the other side, I needed doors. I built those using my now-standard double-drilling technique as well.

Then I cut plywood to fit the doors, and hung them with simple hardware store hinges.

It was starting to look a little bit like a minibus, if you used your imagination. Next the VW bus bed needed windows!

On to The VW Bus Bed Part 4

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