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Dog House Float

Dog House Float

If you plan to design and build a float similar to this Homecoming Float, here is an estimate of the materials you will need:

  • The float is built on an 8' x 16' farm wagon with the back removed. A similar size trailer, used to move small construction equipment, might be borrowed from a local construction company. The float also might be built on the back of a flat bed truck.

  • A light wooden frame, made of #2 1 x 3 pine surrounds the wagon. The frame extends from the top of the wagon bed to 15" from the ground. You can find wood for the frame at your local lumberyard. A basic frame this size requires approximately 140' of lumber.

  • Waterproof, flameproof Floral Sheeting is stapled to the frame. This size float requires 16 yards of White Vinyl Floral Sheeting for the sides. The floor requires 128 square feet of green indoor/outdoor carpeting. A 12' x 20' roll of green indoor/outdoor carpeting is available right here from Stumps. To calculate how much Floral Sheeting you need for your float, measure the distance around in feet and divide by three to get the yardage. Floral Sheeting is sold in square yards. Floral Sheeting is made of a heavy plastic backing sheet with rows of sewn-on scalloped plastic flower petal shapes. 14" high Orange Vinyl Fringe is stapled to the bottom of the frame where the Floral Sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10' length packages. This size float requires five, 10' packages of Orange Vinyl Fringe.

  • Orange Vinyl Festooning outlines the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48' long rolls. This size float requires three, 48' rolls of Orange Vinyl Festooning. The Floral Sheeting, Festooning and Fringe are all made of the same plastic material (waterproof, fade-proof and flameproof) and reusable for another float at another time. Order Floral Sheeting, Festooning and Fringe right here from Stumps.

  • The Styrofoam letters or numbers are 8" high, and can be ordered right here from Stumps. You can paint them with inexpensive interior latex paint or leave them white. Be sure to add another board, such as plywood, to your frame under the Floral Sheeting. Just use small nails to fasten the letters to the board. As an alternative, hot glue the letters to the Floral Sheeting.

  • The Doghouse is 9' high, 6' wide and 8' long. It requires approximately 140' of #2 1 x 3 pine for a frame. The frame is covered with chicken wire, which has 1" openings. The Doghouse requires approximately 220' of 18" chicken wire. You can find the wood for the frame at your local lumberyard and the chicken wire from a farm supply store. "POMPS" Tissue Squares are stuffed into each opening in the chicken wire. This design requires approximately 80 packages of Brown POMPS, approximately 20 packages of Orange POMPS and 10 packages of Black POMPS. Be sure to use POMP Paste, also available from Stumps, to keep the Tissue Squares from blowing away in the wind. Instructions for use are on the can. The paste cleans up with warm water. You will need four, 1 pint cans of Tissue Paste.

  • The word "ARF" is on 3/4" plywood painted flat white, with the word in orange on both sides. The plywood is nailed to the frame before the chicken wire is attached.

  • Spirit Marks and Cheerphones also make great accessories for the students riding on the float!

The materials listed are based on a complete four-sided doghouse.
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