No updates yet. I'm still working out the design. I toyed with the idea of making the box removable so I can still use the trailer for utility purposes as well. I just don't think it's gonna work that way.
OK, I know I've not posted anything in a while. I've still been trying to figure out what exactly I want to build the box frame out of.
Cost of steel keeps going up. That, combined with the fact that I would have to buy a whole lot of additional equipment, learn to use it, then build the trailer kind of rules that out. I did talk with a local fabricator last week, and he flat out said materials and labor cost is going to be insane. Probably 2000+.
Wood, while easy to work with, requires lots of sealing, and reinforcement to be strong, and last. I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but I think I can get better strength with less weight with other materials.
Extruded aluminum. This is what I will be building my box frame out of. I priced it out, and to build what I want, will cost me about $600. This has the advantage of giving me more strength, less weight, and can be bolted together using basic hand tools.
I'll still need to skin it using wood, but I like the added advantages of the t-slot frame. I'm hoping I'll be able to get this box built over the winter. Maybe I can talk my parents into loaning me thier garage.....