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Old 05-03-2015, 10:54 AM   #15
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Like your dinette

Bought our first Airstream - an '85 Excella and would like to duplicate your dinette. It looks great! Since we're new at this, would you be able to provide building instructions and how to convert it into a bed? Would also like to know where to get the table. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-04-2015, 10:09 PM   #16
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Ill try to give you some construction details. I not big on making plans. I usally just take a few measurement and jump in.

Once I got the cushions and figured out their placement I built the benches (no back rests yet) in three sections.
The benches were framed with two by twos and overlayed with 1/8th inch ply wood. You can see how the rounded corner was made in the picture. I used a router circle jig to make the plywood curved piece on the top and bottom of each side bench.
After the the benches were framed out I attached the plywood. I left about 4 inches overhang on the ends so I could trim them to the wall curvature when I installed them into the coach. I also let a little bit of the plywood overhang on the top and bottom edges. I went back with a trim router and cut the top and bottom pieces flush. I did have some issues with tear out of the ply on the crosscuts. Placing tape over the area to be cut prior helps a lot.
Hope this makes sense. I will post more tomorrow.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:15 PM   #17
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When laying out the benches keep in mind you will need overhang for the cushions. The center bench was one inch wider than the cushion. This gave a half inch overhang on each side.
The back rests were framed from doubled up two by twos, and radius cut using a saber saw. To make the plywood bend I had to sand the top layer of ply off the back. When I tacked down the plywood, I used wood filler underneath to eliminate soft spots.
The table was made from a butcher block table I picked up off Craigslist. I had to add an extra post for stability. To make it into a bed the posts are removed and the table sits on two rails I made from two 1 1/2 inch strips mohagony. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:24 PM   #18
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Thanks for the update. We're really getting anxious to get started. Thanks again
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:57 PM   #19
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What does it look like in the bed configuration?

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Old 05-08-2015, 01:13 PM   #20
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Awesome work! I especially like your table...
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:56 PM   #21
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[QUOTE=perryg114;1618607]What does it look like in the bed configuration?

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Here you go Perry
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