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Old 12-19-2006, 12:21 AM   #1
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63 tradewind couch to dinette conversion

Anyone get rid of their front couch and build a dinette??? Any pics or plans would be appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:49 AM   #2
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Anyone get rid of their front couch and build a dinette??? Any pics or plans would be appreciated.
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We decided on a dinette for our 63 Overlander during the remodel process.
Here area few pictures of the project. The cushions were not finished when these pictures were taken.
The table drops down and makes the center part of a bed. The back cushions fill the part where the table is, to form a large mattress.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:22 AM   #3
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i like your locker over the window, too uwe. i'm taking notes now, as FINALLY my cabinet building days near!

as for a dinette, i'm planning on a side dinette in our Globe Trotter project. i think it will only convert to a single bed, though. is it pretty much standard to let teh cushions form the back of all gouchos/dinettes? or would it be a nicer fit to have a cabinet back behind the cushion at a slight angle for the cushions to lean against? i don't want to over-engineer my cabinets, as i have a tendency to do with everything else in life. ha!

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I elected to put a bed in the back, permanently, and keep a permanent dinette. See photos at http://www.airforums.com/forums/205573-post1.html

Not the best pics, but you can see the bench seat on the curb side and the permanent part of the table. There is an extension that seats 4, but the little stub is fine for 2. The seat on the street side is a folding chair, which has worked well, but will be replaced with a permanent single seat, angled so it faces slightly forward. I can post detailed photos if there is interest in the design.

Both seats (the existing bench and the future single seat) have folding backs that allow storage behind. The existing bench seat has two drawers that open aft so they are accessible if you're outside standing in the dooway. A small wine rack, in the middle of the bench, is accessible from the front (9 bottles horizontal and 4 vertical). At the forward end of the bench there is a small compartment (also accessible from the front) that holds a 24-pack and a few bottles of water.

Why the single seat, you ask? Well, it provides room for countertop next to the sink and doubles as a work seat for when the computer is on center stage. The 4th person would sit in a folding chair at the end of the table top extension (totally in the way of kitchen operations, but, hey, it's a folding chair).

The cabinet above the front window has an exposed panel on the left for the radio and pockets behind a swinging door for small items, books, and CDs.

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very interesting approach. do you have line drawings you could post?

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is it pretty much standard to let teh cushions form the back of all gouchos/dinettes? or would it be a nicer fit to have a cabinet back behind the cushion at a slight angle for the cushions to lean against?
We built an angled back for the cushions to lean against. Ours is up front too, but the basicas are the same.

Pics are on our website:
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Thanks for the pics, gives me something to work with!
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I am building a dinette too and have found lots of info in the forums. A quick "dinette" search turns up lots more info and some fine craftsmanship. Safari Tim and Pizzachop among others have nice projects.

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very interesting approach. do you have line drawings you could post?

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Sorry, no drawings. My biggest issues were seat slope and backrest slope, so maybe I ought to go back and document those in the future, when I do the other seat.

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Sorry about the bad link. I did the dinette search in the same catagory as you posted this thread: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings.
But some people post in the Geberal topic area also.

Pizzachop has measurments in his photo gallery

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cool! ask and you shall receive!

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