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Old 06-18-2015, 11:15 PM   #71
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Looks good Steve! What kind of wood are you skinning the frames with?
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:37 AM   #72
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Ours was originally Oak veneered plywood so .... surely it must be Oak veneered plywood again. Biggest issue I have found is that the veneer is much thinner today so it takes allot of patience when working with it.
I am finishing it with Minwax Stain and then Danish Oil. I considered varnish but decided on the Oil just for the ease of maintenance. PS originally ours had a white wash appearance that just wouldn't do so all of the interior had to be re-skinned.

Today will be some more finish work and staining of the refrigerator cabinet. I will be building a platform for the refrigerator to help with the installation since the refer is so heavy and I will be installing it by
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I, too, have a biscuit joiner and never thought of that technique. Nice!

I wonder if you could also get a kreg screw in there?
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:00 PM   #74
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it came to me around 3:00 AM one sleepless morning.
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just wanted to say thanks!

The exercise here is to maintain the original Airstream as best as possible since this is a restoration and not a renovation. If you look at my previous posts you would find that I stabilize the framework typically with 1/4" birch plywood prior to starting any work. Once stabilized I can remove the original plywood skin making sure that the original work is maintained. Hell most of my pieces have the notes from the guys who originally built 4092 with 4092 even still marked by those guys, one even had something negative about another worker and that piece still has those comments in his own hand, how cool is that? I have even saved and using the original fasteners and mounting the cabinetry in the original location.

Anyway if you see us at a campground please come by and have a beverage! PS I just ordered the base to make homemade Sarsaparilla so we will have more than beer & wine.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:47 PM   #76
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Productive day today!
Got the refer (not reefer!) cabinet installed. Also got the heater set and the refer shelf made (Home Cheapo Birch---will need to use as a template and replace with something better before installation!). Might get the Refer temporarily set tomorrow so that can make the ventilation holes before the final. Lastly glued up the platform to move the refer in place glued so tomorrow...................................
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Progress has been slow due to the weather (1st Hot!?! and now having Thunderstorms with Rain!?!)
Anyway finished the final cabinet, little bugger took much more time than expected. Using the old framework was difficult but the cabinet is now in using the original fasteners in the original holes. It is now in for the final fit before the finish is applied.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:27 PM   #78
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Cabinet Doors are now started. I thought that I would share how these are being made since it may help someone else.
I milled the clear Douglas Fir to the correct thickness and cut to length. Next I put down some plastic sheeting to keep from gluing the work to my bench. Now I can tack the pieces down using small finishing nails making sure that it is square.
Next I use the biscuit cutter on the surface similar to how the originals were stapled. Now I can glue in the biscuits while the framework is still tacked down making sure they are held square and flat. I found it easier to do some cleanup with water to help with the final prep before gluing the skin.
After trimming the biscuits and sanding of any excess I can sandwich the frame with the new skin. I leave this clamped down overnight to ensure it stays flat.
I found a plastic putty knife with a serration helps spread the glue a help keep down excess glue.
I like to stain the new plywood skin before working with it to help show potential issues with the veneer and help with cleanup after gluing.
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Steve I'm really looking forward to seeing that beauty with my own eyes! Did you get the frig in?
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Greg, the frig is in for a dry fit and the final assembly. I was able to test it on 120 Volts overnight and found it functional, I wanted to stay on the woodwork but coming to the end of that soon. Polishing still but that is wearing on this old body.
I am looking forward to us having a beer at our Traveler and yours. We will have earned the rest!
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:16 AM   #81
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Progress has been slow lately but that is because I am going after the details. I found some great quarter sawn oak to make the new pieces out of and here is the pieces that spans the middle for the privacy curtain.
I am moving the toilet and rotating it to make it more usable making some mods to the fiberglass holding tank. 1st I removed the steel pipe fitting, then ground the area to present a 12:1 scarf for the fiberglass repair. The pictures show the area almost completed..more to come.
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Moved to the propane system so that I can lay the floor.
The stove is lined with the old aluminum ... I just polished it. I was surprised at how good it fits in the new/old cabinetry. Still waiting for more laminate to finish the piece above the stove and the table.

I also got the front and rear shelves made, I am using aromatic cedar ply on the side that is up with birch on the down side. I am most likely going to make new fiddle rails using the quarter sawn oak. Originally there was a plywood overlay that de-laminated, the last pic is what they looked like so still not sure which way to go so it will have to wait until decided.
I finished the new magazine rack and should get it mounted while the refer is out.

Next on the to refrigerator... today I mounted the new gas controls and started on the electrical.. more tomorrow on that.
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Looking good my friend! Any progress is good progress! Can't wait to see it with my own eyes............
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57Vintage asked about my the Electrical for my Krefft Refrigerator.
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