We began construction on the second Rhino Cubed shipping container home this week. This one will be a 24-footer, large enough to include a bathroom if someone wants it. We started by cutting out all the windows and installing the window bucks. Sam will comment more about the order of construction in a future blog, but he decided it was best to do this first, as there are some “fireworks” in this phase!

Cutting holes in a shipping container is not a difficult process…if you have the right equipment and the right people!  In our case, we have both in our partnership with Rob Goehring at Quality Metal Fabricators.  Rob and his team are masters at their trade, and they have an arsenal of the tools and equipment like plasma cutters, which cut through a container with ease.

The following photos show the process of measuring, cutting holes, refining, and installing the Sam Austin-designed window bucks. Please join us for regular updates on the building process and decisions Sam has made due to learnings from building the Zulu Queen.



Rob Goering using a plasma cutter to cut out window holes.


Fireworks on the inside!


Second window being cut out.


Measuring for accuracy.


Sam (in the blue) discussing the window cutouts.


Installing a re-designed steel window buck.

Jan Burton is a co-founder of Rhino Cubed. An outdoor enthusiast, photographer, and environmentalist, she also loves all aspects of a socially-conscious business. She will be blogging on the tiny home marketplace, the uses of a container home, and other assorted topics.