The "Stripper"

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Project by SteveFrederick posted 11-12-2007 05:15 PM 5537 views 31 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first Teardrop project. It’s a hybrid of my love for strip-built boats, and, at the time, new fascination with tiny campers.
The walls are maple ply with Ash and Mahagony detailing.
The roof is about 300 cedar strips. The whole shell is encapsulated in fiberglass/epoxy, like a boat would be.
Improvised clamping
Clamping strips was a challenge!
Hot Glue
Hot glue on the strip edges worked well.
The Stripper currently resides in Kentucky.
I may be building a similar project for a client, this winter. I usually do a build journal. I’ll post it as/if I do the project.

-- Blessings, Steve. Upstate NY.

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#1 posted 11-12-2007 05:38 PM

This is pretty cool looking. What sort of tongue weight are you looking at with this little fella?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 11-12-2007 05:39 PM

What a great niche you have found for you considerable talents. These are wonderful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 11-12-2007 05:45 PM

Neat project Steve.
It fits right in with my phylospohy of getting out of town with the smallest footprint and the most convenience.
Do you have any concerns with the hot glue loosening with the racking the trailer gets on the road?
I know you fiberglassed it but what hold the stips besides glue?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 11-12-2007 06:24 PM

“This is pretty cool looking. What sort of tongue weight are you looking at with this little fella?”

Looks are deceiving. The tongue weight is about #150, a bit heavy for it’s #1000 gross weight. Tongue weight should be about 10% of the GVW. The walls on this one are solid wood. A good way to break the scales! I’ve learned a lot.
I have been building with composite panels lately. The benefits are, light weight, insulation, and the ability to do some interesting use of various species of ply. A similar sized trailer now weighs in at about #700, with a #60 tongue weight.

Oh! The strips are held on with Titebond 2. Hot glue, used as a clamp, is removed during the fairing process.
Fiberglass/epoxy seals the wood from the elements.

-- Blessings, Steve. Upstate NY.

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#5 posted 11-12-2007 06:25 PM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-12-2007 07:12 PM

Very nice, where do you get the frame from?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 11-12-2007 07:16 PM

“Very nice, where do you get the frame from?”
I build my own. Depending on what’s on it, 2” by 2” by 1/4” tubing, or 2” by 2” by 1/8” angle.
All of my recent trailers roll on torsion suspensions.

-- Blessings, Steve. Upstate NY.

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#8 posted 11-12-2007 08:06 PM

Sweet! I’ve discovered from building my own woodstrip canoe that using this building technique you can pretty much create anything you can imagine. Very nice job.

-- lobbster, Oregon,

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#9 posted 11-12-2007 08:26 PM

Wow! That is beautiful work! Who would think that such a tiny little trailer could be so elaborate inside. Super job.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 11-13-2007 01:19 AM

looks like fun…i am a tent/backpacking guy—-but that is something i could sleep in!!! looks fun!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-13-2007 01:38 AM

A great ”little” camper. Looks nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 11-13-2007 01:46 AM

That is pretty spiffy. Looks to be just the right size for the wife and I.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 11-13-2007 03:38 AM

Awesome – looks like just the ticket! (now to convince my wife to “rough it”... ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 11-13-2007 03:43 AM

You sure love your woodwork, great job

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 11-13-2007 04:59 AM

Great looking little camper. Looks like a LOT of work, but came out really nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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