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Bull Dog Float

Bull Dog 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 wood 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 Yellow Vinyl Floral Sheeting for the sides. The floor requires another 15 yards of yellow. 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 Red 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 Red Vinyl Fringe.

  • Red Vinyl Festooning outlines the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48' long rolls. This size float requires three, 48' rolls of Red Vinyl Festooning. The Floral Sheeting, the Festooning and the 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 bulldog is 12' long and 6' high. It requires approximately 150' of #2 1 x 3 pine for the frame. It is covered with chicken wire, which has 1" openings. It requires approximately 130' of 18" chicken wire with 1" openings. You can find the wood for the frame at your local lumberyard and the chicken wire from a farm supply store. This design requires approximately 40 packages of White Tissue Squares, 8 packages of Black Tissue Squares, 8 packages of Yellow Tissue Squares, 2 packages of Brown Tissue Squares and 4 packages of Red Tissue Squares. Be sure to use Tissue Square 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 bone is cut from 1/2" plywood, painted white and nailed to the frame before the Tissue Squares are added.

The materials listed are based on a two-sided bulldog.
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