Bob the builder…
Well only because Bob is ‘building’ a hot dog cart. He’s using the kick butt, awesome DIY BuildACart.com course videos and kit. Bob wants a cart modeled after one of BensCarts.com’s professional models and wanted to use commercial components! See, Bob is not only a builder, he’s a smart builder.
This page will be updated as Bob works on getting his cart built. Check back, comment and show some love by giving a little encouragement.
More to come as we follow Bob on this awesome journey; building a hot dog cart from scratch to slinging weenies for a living!
Stay tuned. Updated 08/02/2012
Update: Hey everyone its 8/7/2012 at 10:37 am. I started watching the first video in Bens DIY BuildACart course and wouldn’t you know it, since I was so impatient waiting for the course to arrive, I put the trailer together and didn’t have it squared correctly so I had to take it all apart and start completely over. I am going to be following the videos completely to the T with the exception I will have to make room for 4 sinks, so I will be extending the cart to a 72″ box and move the sinks to the back end of the trailer. Ok, going to go outside and get to squaring. Thank you all for the best wishes and offers of assistance. Don’t worry I will be asking a ton of questions I am sure because I am about as much a “Bob The Builder” type as the President is a ballerina. Thanks again and talk to you all soon.
Hi again everyone. Staying in touch with you guys and my build. Been very interesting that’s for sure. I am for sure not a carpenter lol but this is my best shot. I had my trailer looking nice but then I watched the videos and decided that it was best to follow Keith so I removed the fenders and lights to put them on at a later time.
I included a picture of the trailer after I removed the lights and fenders. Not a big deal I know but I felt I needed to show what it looked like afterwards.
My build was a little out of square so I had to tie it up and bring it into square and leave it over night while the wood glue dried completely. I am so impatient lol waiting is the hardest part.
As you can see I put the cross pieces into place across the top and put the build on top of the trailer to drill the holes for mounting it onto the trailer. Then I removed it off the trailer and put it back on the saw horses for the next steps.
Note the hole in the rear of the trailer for the vent. And I got the bread box and the build painted on the inside only. Made sure I taped off the outside and top edges where I will be putting wood glue and joining more pieces since wood glue doesn’t like to work very well on painted surfaces. Letting stand overnight then I am thinking tomorrow I will put another coat of paint on it just to make it look a bit nicer on the inside since the health department will love a nice white inside. 🙂
I will be in touch with everyone in a day or so. Have a great weekend, what’s left of it.
Hello, time for an update on my cart build. Wow wanna talk about a job and a half lol. This fire box for me was nothing short of being a pain. But then again I am not a carpenter or even good at working with sheet metal. It took me a few days but as you can see in my pictures of my update, it didn’t turn out to shabby. I am impressed to be honest. Oh and when Keith says in the video that you will bleed if the metal gets you, he sure as heck wasn’t fibbing lol. But, I am through that portion now and I used 2″ Mineral Wool rather than 1″ or 1 1/2″. It crunches down real good in there I am also including a link to where I got my mineral wool. If I am not mistaken this is where Keith gets his as well for his builds. I could be wrong, however, you can still get it there. I tried to find it locally at the wood burner manufacturing place here and even they didn’t have it. They just looked at me like I was nuts lol. Wait, maybe I am?
Ok thank you again for keeping an eye on my progress. Talk to you all again very soon. Time to go put on a top to this baby.
I am finally back with some great information. My preliminary drawings and ideas have been approved through my county health department. I am so excited. Now I can go on and finish building my cart. The license through the health department here runs until March 1st. So, technically I have until then to have it finished but I think we all know that as long as funds keep coming in I will be done with it long before so I am ready to go. Thank you all for following me.
Also I have a facebook page and twitter account now as well if you would like to friend me etc.
Thank you all again,
(Bob sent in this picture, he’s been delayed a bit but it’s all coming together nicely)
Today I did some work on the cart and got the burners for the steam table installed. Somewhere I did a bit of measuring mess lol. I had to finagle the burners into place but they are in and do not look to bad as you can see in the picture. Took me forever it seemed to get them installed. I will continue working today and get more information as I finish.
Thank you to all,
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