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Old 08-27-2013, 10:29 PM   #641
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We're going to install another aluminum trim strip on the side of the counter against the wall. In fact, we like the look so much, we'll do that same trim detail around the bathroom vanity as well. Some clear caulk under the trim is probably a good idea too. Should have though of that before installing the first piece of trim. Oh well - it can pop off easy enough. 7 rivets or so.

The counters are exterior grade 3/4'" plywood (BCX if memory serves).

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:02 PM   #642
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Finished the stereo shelf this evening. Over the last couple of days, we installed the top shelf and sides and put 3 coats of poly on it all. Re-installed the stereo too.



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I made the shelf retainer thingys out of 1/8" x 1/2" aluminum. Formed them pretty much free hand to match the curve of the shelf on each side. Made the 90 degree bends on each end by clamping the piece in my bench vise and bending it down by hand.

I'll build two small doors for each cubby next to the stereo. These will hold CD's & DVD's eventually.

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Old 08-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #643
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Went and got her weighed today. Mostly a dry weight, but we did not empty out the dishes or storage areas. Plus, both propane tanks are full.

Total weight: 6450 lbs
Axel weight: 5660 lbs
Tongue weight: 880 lbs (13.4% of total)

She weighs a bit more than I thought, but not by much. Maybe a few hundred pounds. But, now I know not to put that granite table top in for the dinette... Overall, we're fine for the additional cabinets we'll be adding.

For those of you in the Minneapolis area, we went to Mohawk Moving and Storage in Blaine to get her weighed. Very nice, friendly folks there. Even the semi driver that ended up waiting for us to finish smiled and waved. Cost $12.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:51 PM   #644
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an "ooh" and an "ah" for your Shelf Retainer Thingys (actually for the whole shelf assembly) - nicely done
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:13 PM   #645
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Been working on a couple of Airstream projects in between other household projects.



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First one is the rear countertop in the bathroom. Kay did most of the scribing on this project, and she made the cardboard template we used to cut the plywood to shape. It's fastened to the shelf with screws, and also to inner skins with 1 by 2 inch blocks cut from basswood. The blocks are screwed to the skins and the underside of the counter.

Now we can work on skinning the lower part to hide all the plumbing.

The second project is a screen I made for the outside of the range hood scoop. I ordered stainless steel screening from McMaster-Carr, which comes in handy 12 x 12 inch sheets. Not knowing what gauge to order, I got a couple of them. I ended up using the 12 X 12 Mesh, .035" Wire Diameter screen, but if I had to do it over again, I'd get a slightly larger mesh. But this worked out ok.


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Here's the screen cut and formed to fit. I made a template of the scoop opening out of plywood, and formed the screen over it for the most part. Fine tuning with wire snips, a dremel cut-off wheel, and my metal bending pliers finally got it to fit inside the scoop opening.



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Installed in the scoop. I installed a pair of stainless steel screws, one on each side of the scoop, to hold the screen in place. The screws have Loctite on them to hold them in while bouncing down the road. Installing the screws was much harder than I expected. I figured that they would grab the screen and screw into it easily, but not so. I needed to drill a hole through the screen as well as the scoop.

It's a nice tight fit. No bugs or critter are going to get into the trailer through the scoop opening now!

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Old 09-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #646
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Love the screen! Incredibly nice.

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Old 09-20-2013, 11:00 AM   #647
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Did you put a screen over the fridge vent too?
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:50 AM   #648
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As usual, really nice work, Chris!
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:12 PM   #649
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Maybe I should be making some dies to stamp some of these vents out. It would take a big chunk of steel to make some dies.

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Old 09-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #650
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Kip: The fridge vent on the roof has 1/4 inch hardware cloth on it already. We put fiberglass screen on the inside of the fridge vent door too.

Perry: while you're at it, could you make dies for the banana wraps too? We'd buy banana wraps! The vents you can get now are fiberglass and not very pretty. that's why we modified and stuck with our old one. Apparently they are hard to come by so you could probably sell them.

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:38 PM   #651
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I've taken a break from working on Little Girl projects while I build an expansion to my workshop. But, Kay has been busy this week installing aluminum trim in the kitchen and bathroom.



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Trim on the side of the countertop. She caulked the crack between the counter and the wall, and then installed the trim to cover the caulk.



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Trim on the sides of the lower and upper cabinets where they meet the wall. Covers the pesky gap that was bothering me.



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Trim around the vanity. Caulked the crack before installing the trim.



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Finally, the trim around the rear shelf in the bathroom.

She also spent some time filling old rivet holes in the inner skins throughout the trailer. It's amazing how much that little project improves the overall look! The holes always caught your eye, but now that they're filled, everything just blends in.

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Old 10-01-2013, 11:12 PM   #652
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Oh my goodness! Ya'll are awesome. I am glad I found you! We purchased a 1976 Overlander 27' this summer and have taken it out twice already....many things to do. I will copy and paste many of your ideas. I hope there aren't any tanks to build in my future. We are mostly original. I have a jack and water heater to install soon and have fixed the leaks... I hope. We are going to use as is until funds and time are a plenty. I am going to forward this to my husband....I am the go-for.
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Yeah, every time I look at y'all's thread, I want to quit posting pictures of my work... Awesome job!
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Old 01-18-2014, 06:22 PM   #654
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Bed frame with accommodation for a card table

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Forgot the thank you, Hi Ho for the suggestion on the card table storage! Would have never thought of that on our own, and it is a great idea.

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Hi from Chuck Neir,

I am now building our bed frame and wonder if you ever incorporated Hi Ho's suggestion for a card table. I, too, thought that was an outstanding idea.

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Old 01-18-2014, 07:32 PM   #655
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Hi Chuck

No we haven't gotten that far yet but haven't forgotten it either. We will be looking at again in the spring.

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Old 02-28-2014, 05:26 PM   #656
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It cold and there's about 3 feet of snow on the ground, but we got the bug again... Actually, we've had it again for well over a month, but a kitchen ceiling project came first. We started working on the dinette, which is going to be a single seat dinette next to the fridge. Just started working on it last weekend, so not very far along yet.


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Partial frame for the seat set in place. The frame next to the outside skin isn't glued together yet. The two clamped together sections are glued and pocket screwed. I discovered this afternoon that the water fill is higher than the seat frame, so now I'm working on ideas to deal with that. The simplest might be to fabricate a cover out of sheet aluminum and notch the underside of the cushion. But, that would make the cushion non-reversible. Another idea is to build a box over it out of alder and make the cushion 4 inches narrower. Kay is away this weekend, and the temps are not going to be conducive to sitting out there contemplating ideas anyway, so it'll probably wait until later next week.


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I glued up the side panel as well as building part of the seat frame. It's oversized right now. I need to square it up and cut to fit, including making the front of the upper side piece nicely curved and pretty. I think it'll work well to hold the cushions in place and fit in with the rest of the interior.

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Old 03-09-2014, 09:08 PM   #657
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What a difference a week can make. 45 today!

I now have the dinette bench to the point where we can poly it before installing it.



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Frame set in place. Re-did the side frame by the water fill to set the top and bottom boards on their sides to support the box I built to cover the water inlet.


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Water inlet cover set in place. The cushion will hide the pocket screws.



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Plywood seat set in place.



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Side panel in place. Pencil lines are the curve we decided to cut for the profile.




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I also built the two doors for the stereo shelf over the front window this weekend.


All these pieces are in my workshop again with the first coat of poly drying. I cut the curve on the side panel as well. Will post pictures again once it's installed.

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:56 PM   #658
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Finished and installed!

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Mostly installed anyway. My welting is in an outside storage pod, still covered with 2 feet of snow. Once I can get to it, I'll add welting between the water inlet cover and inner skin, and install all the screws to hold the cover to the bench.


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Aluminum bracket to support the top of the side piece.

The entire bench is attached to the fridge wall for support, floating on the floor.

Now to cut the cushions to the right size so Kay can make the covers for them.

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Old 03-12-2014, 07:15 AM   #659
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Nice bench Chris but where is it in the trailer?

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Old 03-12-2014, 11:09 AM   #660
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Hi Perry,

Directly in front of the fridge.

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