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Bobby's Mobile Art Cart

Rolling art studio

Bobby Heffelfinger created this rolling art studio in West Marin county, California, on a 2013 Ford F-350 truck with mostly recycled materials (left over from various building projects). He started with the truck chassis and built a flatbed with 2 × 2 steel square stock.

It’s immaculately built. It’s framed with 2 × 2 fir studs. Siding is 1 × 4 tongue-and-groove cedar. Curved rafters were cut out of fir 2 × 12’s. Roof sheathing is 1 × 6 redwood tongue-and-groove.

It’s 8 feet wide by 14 feet long. Inside, it’s 7 feet to the top of the arch. The roof is 18-gauge copper with standing seams. Windows were built out of redwood from an old water tank.

Bobby said the most challenging thing was to seal the camper to the cab; he finally found a rubber grommet that did the job.

It’s got a GPS and a backup camera that transmits the rear image to the rearview mirror.

It’s used by a painter who travels around to different sites and paints from inside, looking out at the countryside.

Rolling art studio


9 Responses to Bobby's Mobile Art Cart

  1. katee.korn says:

    beautifully constructed

  2. jaz says:

    Nice….easy to keep up and a pleasure to the appreciative eye.

  3. Nancy says:

    It is beautiful.

  4. swannjie says:

    v clean and beautiful, where could I find more information on the building process? Thanks in advance. Swannjie

  5. Nerida says:

    Its beautiful. Looks really well done.

  6. Anonymous says:

    it looks cool and easy to build

  7. cathykatejohnson says:

    SO cool, I wish there were more photos of the inside!

  8. Fernando Zazueta says:

    Looks very nice and well made. Can’t know for sure but wonder if it could serve the same purpose as an RV which is insulated and allows for sleeping and cooking if one were to use it to travel cross-country?

  9. Anonymous says:

    A great extra to doing this build could be steam bending the rafters instead of cuts. It would increase the structural strength of the roof without increasing weight while using the same material as the rest of the structure (ie- cedar beams). Just a thought, I love doing steam shaping of wood.

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