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Old 04-28-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Another U Shaped Dinette

Hi everone. ive been a forum member for several years and have gotten invaluable information here for my 69 Sovereign which need deck and frame repairs and all the systems except for electrical replaced.
So, my first post heres my just finished dinette. My goal was to keep the vintage style, and above all keep it functional.
I decided it would be much eaiser to buy the cushions first, and build the benches to fit. The frame is stick construction with 1/8th inch ply. The curves corners were framed with 1/2 inch ply radiused with a router jig. The benches are attached to the floor with wood screws. The backrests are attached to the benches but not attached to the walls. I hate putting holes in the walls.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:33 PM   #2
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Here's the corner construction. I Carefully bent the ply around the corner and glued.
The curves on the backrests were more tricky. I had to sand off the inside layer of ply and placed it over a layer of wood filler to make it solid.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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That is a beautiful job. Like the color of the wood, the choice of fabric and the table. Also like the shelf top in the 9" gap under the window. Nice work
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:36 PM   #4
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looks Great

Hello, This looks great. Is your water tank and pump under it? and do you have acess to them? Thought about this for my 69 Trade Wind. Thanks
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:24 PM   #5
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The tank and pump are behind the back bench. The picture of the dinette without the cushions shows the top of the water tank- the white rectangular strip. I cut the back of the seat out to steal an extra inch.
The origional water tank was missing when I got the coach so i had to go aftermarket. The water pump can be reached through the bench lid.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:46 PM   #6
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In closer look I see the tank. Good to know as we will need to put on in our 65 TWind some day.
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:28 PM   #7
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Beautiful work!
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:06 PM   #8
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Very nicely done from design to fulfillment.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:16 PM   #9
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Thanks for the kind words. Heres a entertainment cabinet I'm working on. I tried to do a rounded corner on it too, but the radius was too tight and split on the larger piece. I went with a 45 on the corner instead.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:07 AM   #10
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As we are currently working on building a U shaped dinette in our 1980 International, this is beautiful!! Now that we are getting to the point of making the cushions, I envy you for the idea of working from the cushions to the dinette!

You should be very proud!!
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:53 AM   #11
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Looks nice where did you get the cushions? I am cheap an don't want to spend $1000 on cushions.

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Old 04-30-2015, 08:16 AM   #12
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Thanks, I got the cushions on ebay. $189+60 for shipping. The box was huge.
The seller I used doesn't have any more cushions listed but there are some others.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:56 AM   #13
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Very nice work. You got a great deal on the cushions, smart to design the cabinetry around them so you save what for most folks would be the expensive part.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:40 AM   #14
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Outstanding!

Was just talking with my wife about replacing our couch with a u-shaped dinette. Thanks for sharing your design!
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