Friday, August 21, 2009

The Tear Jerk Journal - Conversations

So I walked into Lowe’s to see what kind of lumber would be available for when we finally do have the money to buy the lumber. And here is the conversation we had.

Lowe’s Employee: “Can I help you find something?”

Me: “Yes, I need to find some hardwood plywood.”

LE: “We have this wood here in stock.”

Me: “Hmm, these aren’t the thickness I need.”

LE: “Really, why not? These sizes are the generally accepted sizes. What exactly are you building? I can tell you if these will work for your project.”

Me: “I’m building a teardrop camper.”

LE: “You’re building a what?”

Me: “A teardrop camper. You know, those little campers from the 1940’s that have like that teardrop shape to them.”

LE: (With an un-sure look on his face) “Oh…OK.”

Me: …

LE: (Looking very skeptical) “So you’re building a camper…like what people take to a campground?”

Me: “Yea...a camper.”

LE: (looking at me like I am a total dumb ass) “I’ve never heard of anyone building their own camper before. Is that even possible?”

Me: “Well actually, lots of people build them.”

LE: “Is it like that e-mail picture of The Redneck Camper where it’s just an outhouse on a flat trailer.”

Me: (Not amused) “No you R-tard! It’s not an outhouse on a flat trailer.”

LE: (slightly offended, very confused) “You’re gonna build a camper?”

Me: (Embarrassed because it does sound silly the way he said it) “Why don’t I try Home Depot for what I need?”

So then I go down the street to Home Depot where I find an employee to ask about lumber.

Me: “Hello, I need to get some hardwood plywood for a project.”

Home Depot Employee: “Sure, what are you building?”

Me: (Calmly) “A large cabinet.”

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Tear Jerk Journal

This week we got the windows, door handles, hinges and trim molding from a supplier off the internet. The reality of this situation is now starting to set in. What have I gotten myself into?

And by the way. The mounting bolt problem will be sufficiently solved with this bronze bushing.

Well that's all I got for now. Since we are about $900 in the hole for all the parts we bought, we won't be able to by the lumber for at least another month. Which of course means I won't be able to start working on it till then-DOH! Oh well, I can resume this journal then.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Tear Jerk Journal - Bolting Down The Floor

Well kids, it looks like The Tear Jerk Journal was somewhat of a fitting name because this project is already jerking some tears of frustration out of me. I am only on the first part of the build and I am already stuck. I guess that's what I get for buying a 4x8 trailer from Cletus down at Tractor Supply. To explain the problem simply, those hillbilly's expect you to put a round "peg" into a triangular "hole" as seen in the following picture.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Tear Jerk Journal

Well kids, unfortunately Team Iron Chef is slacking in there training regimen. So, it looks like I will have to start a new blog series since that last one went belly up.

For the last few months, the wife and I had been kicking around the idea of building our own teardrop camper. So, last weekend, we just decided to jump in with both feet and buy a trailer to use as the base for it.

So stick with me for the next few months and you should see our little teardrop camper slowly come to life before your blog reading eyes. Well kids, that's all I got for you now.

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