Wheel Well Cutouts

Friday, February 28, 2014

I think I finally figured out the right way to mark and make the cut out for the wheel wells.  If you look at my prior posts, you’ll see that I struggled quite a bit with how to do this on right wheel well.  Today, I finally figured out that the trick is to use the hole for the hurricane ties as a reference point.

Here is the process I used to make the wheel well cutouts in the side walls:

  1. Position the wheel well template over the wheel well, making sure there is a ¼ inch space between the template and the wheel well (I used yard sticks, but placing a couple of carpenters pencils between the wheel well and the template would have been a good way to maintain this spacing).  Make sure the template is centered around the wheel well.

    Lining Up Template on Wheel Well

    Lining Up Template on Wheel Well

  2. Temporarily nail the template into place so it doesn’t move
  3. On the inside of the template, draw a line on either side of the wheel well, marking where the top of the floor is.
  4. On the inside of the template, mark the location of the holes in the floor that were drilled for the hurricane ties.

    Marking Hole and Floor Line on Template

    Marking Hole and Floor Line on Template

  5. Remove the template from the side of the trailer/floor.
  6. Determine how much plywood is hanging off the bottom of the wall (distance from the bottom of the bottom plate to the bottom edge of the plywood).  Measure the same distance downward on the template, starting at the line marking the top of the floor.
  7. Cut off the extra material on the bottom of the template so that the distance from the line marking the floor to the bottom of the template is equal to the amount of plywood hanging off the bottom of the wall.
  8. Drill small holes to mark the outside edge of the hurricane tie holes that were marked on the inside of the template.  Then, flip the template over and draw vertical lines through each one of the small drilled holes.  These vertical lines now mark the location of the hurricane tie holes.
  9. With the floor on its side, measure the distance from either side of the hole in the bottom plate to the front edge of the plywood (this measurement will be made underneath the plywood).

    Measuring Hole to Edge of Plywood on Wall Bottom Plate

    Measuring Hole to Edge of Plywood on Wall Bottom Plate

  10. Lay the template down on top of the wall so that the bottom of the template is lined up with the bottom of the plywood on the wall
  11. Move the template left and right until the distance from the front edge of the plywood on the wall to the marking on the template for the hurricane tie hole is exactly the same as the distance from the edge of the plywood on the wall to the actual hole for the hurricane tie in the bottom plate.

    Lining Up the Template

    Lining Up the Template

  12. Clamp the template down a and use it to draw a line for the cut out
  13. Remove the template and cut out the hole for the wheel well using a jigsaw
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