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Old 12-31-2005, 09:26 AM   #491
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hi- looking good, uwe. Sounds like you made your doors a little differently than what I've always done, though they look the same when done. There are cabinet-door router bits (or better yet, shaper bits) that cut everything in one operation, and create a locking joint for the stiles and rails that needs no pocket hole. They work fine in a minimum 2-hp router mounted to a table. You can put either a flat 1/4" or a raised panel in the central groove, which allows that panel to move just a bit for humidity changes. A panel that is solidly fixed to the stiles and rails runs the risk of splitting the whole thing apart if humidity changes drastically. Love seeing your progress- tim
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:41 AM   #492
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hi- looking good, uwe. Sounds like you made your doors a little differently than what I've always done, though they look the same when done. There are cabinet-door router bits (or better yet, shaper bits) that cut everything in one operation, and create a locking joint for the stiles and rails that needs no pocket hole. They work fine in a minimum 2-hp router mounted to a table. You can put either a flat 1/4" or a raised panel in the central groove, which allows that panel to move just a bit for humidity changes. A panel that is solidly fixed to the stiles and rails runs the risk of splitting the whole thing apart if humidity changes drastically. Love seeing your progress- tim
Tim,

I saw these bits, but they require bigger and better routing equipment than waht I have. I have a benchtop router table and a router that only holds 1/4in bits. I have to make 2 passes to do the 3/8x3/8 inset...
Most of the cabinet door bits that I have found were very traditional. I wanted clean lines, no bevels or extra frills. Another reason I went with the equipment that I already owned.
Thanks for the tips!
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:44 AM   #493
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Another yep! All Mac here too. One at home, one at the office and a portable one to go with me. Been contemplating a Mini for the trailer.

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Mini for the trailer? Me, too. I am still undecided, though. See, I already own a G4 Powerbook. It can do the same thing, and cna be easily removed to use at home.
We use Apple at the office ( 3 of them) at home, and while underway.
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Old 12-31-2005, 10:09 AM   #494
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Uwe- your method looks great. There is a router bit that can make the simple, un-frilly doors like yours, I made all the cabinets in my house with it. It is one bit, with a 1/2" shank, and you switch the cutter arrangement to rout the stiles and rails for the panel, and then to rout the rail ends to fit into the stiles for assembly. You then use bar clamps and glue. Will try to post some pics of bits(2-piece set, on left, for the more frilly look, and single bit on right for clean look), a stile-rail joint, and finished look. I used cherry and maple. I have no idea what I will do in my coach yet. Keep up the beautiful work- tim
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Old 12-31-2005, 07:52 PM   #495
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Well, this year is nearing it's end rapidly. I spent 5+hours of quality time at Area 63 today, sanding, saining, sanding, sanding, staining, sanding some more, followed by more staining with tung oil.
All the glue foints had hardened over night, and the doors have a nice solid feel now. All 17 of the doors now have their first coat of a 50/50 mix of tung oil and mineral spirits, with a dash of Japan Drier for a hopefully quicker drying time.
It is fascinating to apply the oil to a freshly sanded panel, and then watch the figure in the wood pop out. Nice.
I will start the New Year of 2006 at Area 63 tomorrow afternoon, giving all the doors a second coat of tung oil, this time without the mineral spirits. I anticipate having to apply 3-4 coats, for a medium sheen finish.
The next step will be cutting the stainless steel for the galley backsplash, shower surround, and bath countertop. After that it's plumbing time.
Tonight I am hunting down hardware for all the doors. Rockler has a nice assortment, so does Lee Valley. Later we'll go dancing, a friend's band is playing by the sea tonight.
I want to take a moment and thank everybody for participating in my project. I have gotten many good ideas from you all posting on my thread. I have also gotten much encouragement at times when I wanted to shlep the whole thing down to the Pacific, donating it to the fishes.
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While perusing my ever growing stack of hardware catalogs, I came across these power door lock actuators. They cought my eye because they're quite powerful and not very expensive.
One of these actuators and a momentary on/off/on switch would lock everything at once, and unlock everything at once. There is plenty 12V under the galley cabinet already, so power supply is not a problem. I would need 6 of them, to lock 5 drawers and the pantry slide. Overkill?
Overkill? Ha!

Sounds like a good idea to me - though I have your same reservations about losing power and being locked out.
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We got doors!

Got all the cabinet doors hung today. Looking more finishd now. I will have to finish the "finish" on the doors inside the trailer. I used Rockler's pure tung oil after running out of the McCloskey polymerized tung oil. Rockler's is pure, which means it does not get a sheen until you apply about 10 coats. ( with 24 hours drying time). Forget it. I need more McCloskey's tung oil. Seems to be hard to find in this town.
So, make sure and buy polymerized tung oil if you want a nice sheen in less than 4 weeks of constant work..
I might take some pictures tomorrow and post them here.
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Old 01-07-2006, 08:41 PM   #498
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Pictures!

These are of the bath cabinetry.
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Cabinet Doors

Here are a few shots of the cabinet doors for the galley/bedroom cabinets.
As I mentioned above, the doors still need a few coats of tung oil, to get the desired sheen.
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Galley cabinet

I took out the cabinet for the galley, figuring that it is easier to work on top of a work bench. All I got done today was install the drawer box, install the wooden drawer sliders, and then mount and adjust the drawer fronts.
The rear view shows the cutout for the sink above. It's a tight fit, and I tried to use as much space as possible. Didi decided on 5 shallow drawers,and one deep drawer on the bottom. The very top had just enough space under the sink for a small cutting board/shelf on sliders. I used some of the leftover butcherblock for that. The drawer fronts are flush with the face frame, and grain-matched top to bottom. Even though it took seemingly forever to get this step done, I am very pleased with the outcome.
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Here are a few more misc. pictures of today's progress.
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The new work is looking great. In the first set of pics you show the counter top for the bathroom. Is that stainless? Where will the sink go?

BTW, this thread has now gone over 500 posts. Anyone know what the most posted thread is? This thread has been a wonderful adventure, thanks for the ride!
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The new work is looking great. In the first set of pics you show the counter top for the bathroom. Is that stainless? Where will the sink go?
The counter is topped with stainless steel. The sink is not cut out yet. Mainly because I don't have one yet....
It will go towards the left, centered with the center line of the double doors, about 4in in from the edge.
I never imagined this thread becoming this big. I never imagined this trailer being this much work, either....
I often wonder if it's too big for people with dial-up internet connections. 500 posts, and way over 18000 views, whodathunk?
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Galley is in!

The kitchen ( galley) cabinet is installed, as of today. It still needs the knobs and handles, but all in all it's done. Now I can start with plumbing the sink and running water lines. Yay!
I am quite pleased with the outcome, actually sort of surprised. It looks better in person than in the pictures, and the drawers and pantry work very well.
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