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Old 12-27-2016, 08:26 AM   #813
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Very clever, as usual, IB.

You two could probably start your own business, modifying Interstates for more space-efficient travel.


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Old 12-28-2016, 06:45 AM   #814
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Very clever, as usual, IB.

You two could probably start your own business, modifying Interstates for more space-efficient travel.

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We haven't ruled it out. Perhaps come semi-retirement time or something, we might do something like that.

I had Sherwin Williams color-match the interior cabinetry melamine last night and I was amazed at the result. In this photo, I force-flashed and turned up the contrast so that the test strip of oil-based paint on the butt-end of the cross-piece lying perpendicular to the cabinet would be just barely visible. In ambient light, it's not detectable. The tech that exists nowadays for doing this kind of thing is remarkable. They lifted that color formula right off the melamine on this cross piece and matched it exactly.

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Looks interesting.

Do you have measurements you could share?
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:51 PM   #816
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Looks interesting.

Do you have measurements you could share?
When this project gets finished, I'll write up a blog post with sourcing details, but we might be shy on measurements. Given that we are not really shooting for reproduce-ability, we tend to make stuff up as we go along, doing a lot of work by "feel" and fitting piece by piece. In the photo above, you can see a triangle of cardboard on the floor behind the piece. That's what we cut by trial and error to determine the sweet spot for the new vault on the cabinet back. I fetched my husband a protractor during this process, but I don't know that he applied it.

I'm guilty of carrying over that practice from the textile arts of my youth. I rarely make a measurement while sewing. When I made that stacker holder a few days ago, the only measurement I conceded was that it was exactly 3 feet long, and that's only because angle iron and flat bar steel comes in 3 and 6 foot lengths, so I wanted to minimize waste. I couldn't tell you another dimension in the entire thing.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:26 PM   #817
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We'll keep you in business for months when you begin your conversion business, IB. Instead of the limestone cave, the 'van' can hang in TX for the winter! Thank you for sharing--amazing, as usual. Ditto for the under-carriage storage of stackers.
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:15 AM   #818
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I didn't write anything down but if I recall the settings on the miter saw, one end was at 38.5 degrees and the other was at 27.75 degrees. We'll test fit the cabinets tonight so don't go ripping your van apart just yet.
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By fit test he means, actually hold the half-finished cabinet up to its place, and verify that there are no surprises brought on by the space bump-out. Sure, we designed it so that it SHOULD fit perfectly. But DIY life is full of surprises. I wanted a dry-fit before I broke open the custom paint I had mixed. It's oil-based and so it does not get better with exposure to air, plus I'm only going to paint this thing once.

We dry fit last night, and it fit perfectly.

The actual angles are not critically important, obviously - the main thing is that the "point" of the bump-out not impinge upon the Sprinter's ribs. So you could make the new "roof" of the cabinet a little shallower or steeper according to your preference - some of this might depend on exactly what you would intend to fit in that cabinet. As I noted above, we just cut down a piece of cardboard to use as a measuring tool, and fooled around until the angles looked good to us.
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See that nice tall plastic bin that now fits in our overhead cabinet!! Happy!!


I didn't provide measurements in this blog post for the reasons stated therein - but there are lots and lots of pics to provide DIY instructions.

EXPANDING THE OVERHEAD CABINET ON AN AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE

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Continuing on the better utilization of storage theme, the Roof Lockers in the AI are nice, but can be more efficient with a some simple compartmentalization. My approach was to add shelves to the Roof Locker that can be easily removed if required, but allow better organization and access to stowed items. Design and install in attached PDF.
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Your stain job is impressive. Wet sanding?! Lotsa patience there.
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Old 01-09-2017, 06:14 PM   #823
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Continuing on the better utilization of storage theme, the Roof Lockers in the AI are nice, but can be more efficient with a some simple compartmentalization. My approach was to add shelves to the Roof Locker that can be easily removed if required, but allow better organization and access to stowed items. Design and install in attached PDF.
Mcrider,

Very nice write-up. I've built partitioning using Wilsonart laminate to match the interior, but I'm not sure which is more trouble, finishing as you did or working with the laminate.

Could you please reveal your source for the black "felt tape" ?

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Thanks very much. For my purposes I'll go with the 3mm thickness, 2" wide. It's great to have learned about this.
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My approach was to add shelves to the Roof Locker that can be easily removed if required, but allow better organization and access to stowed items.
I removed the two shelves from my lone wardrobe and I also removed the plastic shelf supports. I cut the supports to appropriate size and mounted the pieces in several of the overhead lockers so that I have height adjustable shelves in those lockers.

Does anyone know the source and style to match the light camel decor.. Right now I simply used some oak-faced ply for the shelves.

I have only owned it 24 hours and I have already modified it.
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