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Old 12-14-2009, 08:42 PM   #71
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Missed a pic in the last post

Try that again -- here's the panel before glueing, described in the previous post.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:44 PM   #72
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Time to get to work

Hopefully, I planned this well. Cut quite a bit of mahogany to get this moving. We plan to be finished in mid-February for a real road trip.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:49 PM   #73
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Better shot of the finish

Here's a better shot of the finish on the cabinets. I posted this to a thread on finding Byam Hooks, but it's the only time I captured the correct color.
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Old 12-15-2009, 03:27 AM   #74
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Not trying to rain on your parade....

The hook you are showing is actually a later version of the Byam hook. The original manufacturer made a slightly different hook than the one you have. Here is an original...
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That was an actual Byam Byam hook. That was where Wally hung his coat in his 1955 Bubble known as the X251. I have hung my beret on the same hook hoping some Ju Ju might wear off on me. See how the end curves back out. That is how you can tell the difference. There is an even different version with a small ball on the tip by another manufacturer.
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It's looking really, really good. Given the weather around here, I can understand your happiness at moving inside to the cabinetry. (Heck, it was enough to just go out to our Argosy and drop down a piece or two of the soon-to-be-installed Marmoleum click flooring...)

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Old 12-15-2009, 05:59 PM   #76
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Connecticut Weather

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I start vacation on Friday until the end of the year, hoping to get a good bit done. I can almost guarantee a massive New England cold spell!

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Heck John, I better stock up on provisions and save up extra $ for the snow plow guy now. At least I have the snow tires on the van.

Were you out working on the Caravel Sunday - that would explain the freezing rain we hit at noon on I-84 in Waterbury...

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Old 12-16-2009, 08:03 PM   #78
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Panel weight

I tried to make the panels light in weight.

Here's the weigh-in.

A 13" by 17" panel, with 1 1/4" stiles and rails, with a 1/4" inset weighs in at 1 1/4 pounds.

The overhead panels are about 1/2 the weight of the original solid plywood.
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:15 PM   #79
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very nice work you want a job?
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Thanks but no thanks

Frank,

A Job? Thanks for the compliment, but no way! Just the opposite. I'm trying to finish and hit the road!

If I can finish up my projects at work, I'm due for 3 weeks vacation starting this Friday. I hope to finish the Caravel and be ready to hit the road soon.

If all goes well, we take off in mid-February and tour the SouthEast, then Texas this spring. After a month or two at home, we take off to Yellowstone in late summer, heading south to the Grand Canyon in the fall.

Airstream restoration/renovation is so much more work than I imagined. It's probably 3 times more than I would have guessed. I can't wait to wrap this up. If I had planned better, I would have scheduled or planned some professional help with some of the work.

If you don't mind, can we pick your brain in the next few weeks? Your work is terrific.

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Old 12-23-2009, 07:44 PM   #81
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Scribing

Scribe, cut, repeat.
Scribe, cut, repeat.
Scribe, cut, repeat.
Scribe, cut, repeat.
...... I wish my table saw wasn't in the basement. At least the battery on the small circular saw is holding up -- it saves an incredible amount of time.

The food closet is finally in, after far too many trips downstairs. There are 5 shelves cut and coated in tung oil (one is in place for the picture). The door is assembled, glued and clamped. Hopefully it will all go together tomorrow.

I wonder if I have taken enough time off to finish this in the next 2 weeks. The time commitment to redo an Airstream continues to amaze met.

With a lot of lumber milled for assembly, I hope it moves more quickly!

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John you really do some inspiring work there. I hope we can produce something a fraction as nice.
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John, looking real good. A scribing hint if you want... when doing the tall ones or any against a curve you need to hold the scribed horizontal at all times. The amount you are taking off is only equal on the straight. Not sure if that made sense.
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Scribing Question

Frank-

The galley and rear wall were two pieces, so I was able to fudge the middle. Since I don't have the original parts, the next one makes me nervous.

I'm doing the full height wall, right behind the gaucho next. How do you make a full length scribe?

BTW- your previous comment made perfect sense. What drives me nuts is when you're scribing a 3 dimensional object -- the only way I can do it without ruining it is slowly -- a little off each side at a time.

Any hints are more than appreciated.

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