Sanding Our Recycled Wood Floors

This weekend, we started by cleaning around and inside the bus. We’ve had a pile of bus seats behind our bus all through the winter, and it was time to dump them. So, we had a friend come with his truck and help us tow them away. Then, we cleaned the floor of all of our tools and scraps, and rented this orbital sander from home depot to sand our recycled wood floors with. After going with this choice of sander, we realized that maybe we could have gone with something better, but it worked for our purposes.

After sanding the floor, we started placing studs on the inside bus walls so we have something to attach our wall to. Some people take the physical interior bus wall off and bring everything inside down to the bus’s metal frame and exterior skin, which makes sense because it theoretically gives you more interior width to work with once you’ve put your insulation and walls up. But we’ve decided to leave the metal bus wall in place, and put our insulation and wall on top of it. We really don’t want to have to take any rivets out of our bus, so that’s determined a lot of the decisions we’ve made in regards to the ceiling and walls.

Everyone does there conversion differently. That’s what makes tiny homes and school bus conversions so great!

In this vlog we show a couple of short clips of us driving towards a piece of land out in Osage County, Oklahoma. Jeremiah and I don’t actually know what’s next after we finish our bus. We know we want to live in it! But we’re not sure where we’re going to park it. We’ve talked about traveling with it like some families do, and we’d love that for sure. But we’d also like to stay in Tulsa for a little while after we finish our bus, maybe save some money, etc. We’ll see what happens.

One of the ideas we’ve had is to buy an affordable piece of land near Tulsa that’s zoned so we could legally park our bus there without building a house, and we found something that we thought might be perfect! But after driving out there, we found that the land is smack in the middle of a tiny tiny town and essentially what looks like a mobile home park. It’s a nice piece of property on its own, but it just didn’t feel right. Plus, it didn’t really fit our vision of a piece of land out in Osage County. It wasn’t secluded enough. No problem, though. We’ll keep looking and brainstorming.

If any of you have any ideas of where we could park our bus legally, or if you live in a Skoolie or RV and would like to share with us what you do, please leave a comment! We’d love to hear from you!

Originally published at on February 23, 2017.

The Jamisons are a family of four converting a Chevy Blue Bird school bus into their tiny home. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @_thejamisons or on YouTube. Also, if you want to support this publication or their YouTube channel consider becoming a Patron.




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