Building – Phase one

June 1, 2015

Time to get building! Honestly, it was a little intimidating taking on the first steps of building the tiny house because once you start, there’s really no going back. And, going forward seems like a daunting task. That’s why I’ve got Eric to do it! Problem solved.


one piece down


The first step of building is to add a wood “shell” around the outer frame of the trailer. By adding 2x4s around the outside edge of the trailer, we create a wider base that the walls can sit on. With the wider base, the inside of the wall will be flush with the inside of the metal frame. Without the wood “shell” the metal frame is too skinny to support the wall, so the walls would have to be moved 2 inches inside the trailer to partly rest on the cross beams for more support. But 2 inches on each wall means a total loss of 4 inches in width, and that’s just not going to work for us.

And so, we got started on the wood framing, and of course tackled the hardest section first. Nothing like just jumpin’ in! We started on the short end of the trailer connected to the hitch, meaning there’s a bunch of silly angles you have to deal with to get the wood to fit in juuuust right. Whoever said “Measure twice, cut once” has never come around here. We measured and measured and measured and cut and measured and cut and cut and measured and so on.

It’s not that Eric doesn’t know what he’s doing, it’s just that these angles were tricky. Plus, we’re dealing with metal welded together, and those welds bubble out so we can’t hold the wood up exactly where we want it. On top of that, we were having to deal with the rods welded to the outside of the frame, too. Oh boy, those rods! While definitely needed in the long run, they are a pain in the rear trying to get this wood frame figured out.  But no worries, Eric figured it out and we officially attached the first piece of the EM & EM tiny House to the trailer!


first piece


Woo! Just a million more steps to go! But first, let’s finish the wood shell. Every pice of wood was measured and cut, and solving the problem of the rods was pretty simple. Eric marked where each rod was on the board and then took the board to the table saw. He and his dad set the height of the saw (1/4 inch) and then made several small cuts along the board where it was marked. From there, they took a small chisel and popped out the cut up wood to reveal a nice notch perfect for fitting around the rod.







Then came screwing the wood onto the metal. Not easy stuff. Eric got 2.25in wood-to-metal screws and went to town. Drilling through the wood is easy enough, but then you hit the wall of metal. After making sure the wood was square to the metal frame, each board was attached by several screws. Eric took care of most of the drilling, but I figured I should help, as well….

Two screws later I gave the drill back to him. Actually, it’s more like he took the drill from my dead arms.



Eric having no problems at all.



Eric is cheering on my patheticness!


My contribution.


Once the drill was back in Eric’s hands the wood frame was finished in no time. Building Phase One complete!



Don’t forget to check out even more pictures on the Pictures page.



  • Reply Dan Clendening June 2, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    I’m impressed. I actually believe you may know what you are doing! Good luck.

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