NT 5x8 Build Journal

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NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby mcubberley » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:07 pm

This was my first build and also it was a done primarily as a way to help students apply the skills they were using in my shop class. We can all study books and the internet until we are blue in the face but real learning is solidified in the application of that information. I was looking for a unique way to get my students engaged, excited, and applying skills in a real world situation. The project was solely funded by donations and grants. Overall it was a great experience for both the students and myself and we will take what we learned from this project and start a new one next year.

Construction was done using hardwood ply for the sides, pine ply for the floor, ripped 2x4's for all the spar work, 5mm underlayment for most parts of the roof, and hardboard for the interior curves that I could hit with the underlayment. All wood ends and key parts were sealed with paint thinner: polyurethane (1:10) before continuing. We left the build with a flexible aluminum roofing product, flex sealant on the sides. All wood ends and key parts were sealed with the mix before continuing. We used a PD4045 for power distribution and a 30amp shore power inlet.
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So that's where we ended up. Not too bad for our first time through. It was quite the challenge to balance aspects of the construction, teaching, and supervising student work. Not to mention making sure that everyone keeps busy and that what they are learning is documented and can be adequately seen by the administration. Not too shabby for a first-year teacher and it only gets better from here.
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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby Gold5one » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:25 pm

Those teenagers did a nice job. I wish my shop teacher had given us a fun project like that. I only learned to build a bird house, and a bookcase for projects.
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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby mcubberley » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:23 pm

Gold5one wrote:Those teenagers did a nice job. I wish my shop teacher had given us a fun project like that. I only learned to build a bird house, and a bookcase for projects.


When I started the job the storage was full of abandoned bird houses and clock. I figured it was time to change things up and not assign projects that the students just not going to connect with and later abandon. It's a waste of time, materials, and effort for everyone.

They exceeded my already high expectations. They responded well and got engaged. We all had a ton of fun and learned some stuff along the way. Mostly I wanted to make sure they had the confidence to try something of this scale. The first step is the hardest when you're trying something new.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby mcubberley » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:08 pm

Well I just dropped 1k to get custom square doors, aluminum sheets for skinning, upgraded hubs and high speed loadstar tires. The aluminum goes on this weekend and then I need to get it all weighed. So excited to own a trailer I can be proud of.
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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby mcubberley » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:16 pm

I will say that getting to aluminum skin on has been a fun experiment. The roof is floated and tomorrow the side go on. I still need to trim out the fan opening and the door openings will come out as each side goes up. I choose not to contact cement them first because I didn't trust my skills in handling the sheets. I am very glad I didn't. Would have made somethings easier but I ended up needing to back out screws and repositioning a bit.

Too bad my new doors are still 12 days out. Guess the homemade ones will have to hold me until then. Very glad I got the skinning upgraded. Dollar for dollar its been the most rewarding improvement.

Lots of work and riveting seams is tedium. I should have rented the pneumatic and saved my tendons a workout. 5' wide would have made my life so much less painful. Still worth it either way. I'll add pictures tomorrow.
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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby mcubberley » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:16 pm

More trim left to add but mostly just waiting for my factory doors from Challenger Door to arrive.

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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:58 am

Pretty cool to see a shop class building something other than birdhouses. Can't tell you how many times I thought back to my shop class and would love to show my teacher what I'm building these days.

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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby mcubberley » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:05 pm

And this is where we are at until the doors come in. The wife can get to doing the inside. Lots of poly and some fun tinted stains. Should end up with a fun interior with lots of character.

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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby greygoos » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:10 pm

Looking good. Can I ask what type of trim you used?
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Re: NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby Woodbutcher » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:12 pm

Well done, it was nice to follow along with your project. :applause:
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NT 5x8 Build Journal

Postby mcubberley » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:42 pm

greygoos wrote:Looking good. Can I ask what type of trim you used?


It's 1" vinyl inset aluminum molding, mostly. The side leg is 5/8" and the insert side is like 1.25". Frankly it's mostly remnants from a cool RV repair shop that was super helpful. So of it I had to reprint white.

We ended up really liking the white accents on the mill finish aluminum. It was just a shot in the dark at first. Even repainted the fenders based on the success of the trim.
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