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Old 12-13-2006, 10:09 AM   #1
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Anyone Built New Cabinets

Looking at replacing 70's interior with new real wood as opposed to the cheap plasticy original interior. If anyone has any good sources or pictures they could post or point me to for ideas, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-13-2006, 10:13 AM   #2
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I have - if you look under 1958 overlander restoration - you will see the cabinets I've built - they are many others who have too.
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:16 AM   #3
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There are tons of great pictures here of what others have done. Use your search funtion. Just one work of advise: weight!

Good luck and we look forward to some pictures when you are done.
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:31 AM   #4
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I just started making cabinets and got tool that makes holes in the face frames for screws at an angle.

Not sure of the name but it works great, any tool supply has it for about 15-20$.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:16 PM   #5
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Are you doing the "Fully Monty" and replacing all the cabinetry?
I had to replace missing pieces to restore the GT. One double closet and front and side gauchos. Trying to match 35 year old finish and construction style was quite a challenge.
I doweled and mortised and tenioned the frames depending on their use. The skins were cabinet grade veneer plywood. Oh yeah, the the GT uses ash which I hadn't worked with before. Works OK. A lot like oak.
If you have the time and skills I would recommend replacing all the old with new. You can select the species of wood you like, use modern construction methods and materials and not have to argue with stains and varnishes trying to get a consistant match between old and new.

Good luck, sounds like a nice winter project,
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Old 12-13-2006, 02:55 PM   #6
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I am not doing the full monty as the floor is in great shape. I am planning on keeping the same floor plan as it is today with the exception of adding a dinnette where the Gaucho is located and possiblhy some bunk beds over the two twin beds. I plan on removing all the current cabinetry and starting from scratch. I am having problems finding anyone who has done this on a 70's trailer who could add some expertise on how to keep the weight down, wood types, etc..
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:51 PM   #7
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..... how to keep the weight down, wood types, etc..
Actually the biggest single item as far as weight is concerned seems to be counter-tops and tables. For example the little swing-out, fold up table in my GlobeTrotter is a whopping 26 pounds including the slides and hardware. The 7 foot galley counter-top was pretty heavy too. The tall plywood closet doors are pretty hefty as well.
As far as the frames go you could probably substitute lighter wood for the pieces that are covered or are for support but I don't think it will make much difference.
Wood species is up to your personal taste. I like lighter wood in the living areas. Darker in the sleeping area. That's just because when I'm out I would prefer to sleep until the crack of noon and darker is easier on the eyes after a night around the fire sampling Germany's finest beverages.

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Old 12-13-2006, 05:58 PM   #8
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i'm planning on taking a few notes from the original. i'm using 1/4" plywood for the sides, and 3/4 X 2 maple for the face frames. 1/2" wood for the counter tops. i'm going to do the tall closet doors out of 2 pieces of 1/4, with a side frame. in my trade wind, the closet doors are all hollow core. very cool! you might consider changing out the tank with a plastic one, if it isn't already. i bet if you did that, and got rid of a few cabinets or overhead lockers you didn't need you could shave a ton of weight off the trailer. that would be cool to go through a 70's trailer, and make it as light as the 60s ones... you could get close, but the frame and grey tank would still make it heavier.

anyway, good luck!

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I ripped out most of my stuff, I found that using poplar for the face frames saved some weight.

Framing out with poplar and using 1/4" cherry is saving weight over all.

I replaced all the 3/16" vinyl clad luan petitions with the 1/4" cherry, it fit into the existing alum framing really nice.

The one thing that was heavy, was the three wardrobe doors and the pantry door. I think they must be 100lbs.

I removed the twin rear beds, and built a lightweight queen bed, the front triple tambor frames under each twin must bet 35-40 lbs each.

The front Gaucho was maybe 75 lbs. plus the univolt etc.

selling the old fridge 150 lb, installed a new 80 lb smaller unit.

Sold the 70 lb stove replace with a 10lb cooktop.

The folding table was so heavy I did reinstall it.
I intend to rebuild it later on with 1/4" cherry with a lightweight core.

The kitchen top is 1/2 and a liitle heavy not sure how to save weight on that?

I can't wait to get this thing on a scale in a week or two.
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I forgot used pocket screws to make the face frames very fast construction



The jig was $15 to drill these pockets, they are tight as a frogs butt
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:02 PM   #11
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I used popular for the frame as well. Brad mails and glue make for quick assembly. Four nice doors from Ikea's cleareance bin were $12. That saved us about $175.00 from list. Counter top from Home Depot. Pics are in our photo gallary.
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:12 PM   #12
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Lipets is using whats called a Kreg Jig,it is a good tool for face frame constuction. I would recommend using 1/2" stock for frames,door rails and stiles to keep weight down.As's use kind of a european style design in there cabinetry mabey to withstand flex better than face frame contsruction and ease of removal for repair.Although I am not an AS expert I have built Many of cabinets,If I can offer any help let me Know.
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We're planning on rebuilding the kitchen cabinets and reframing the dinette and sofa bed in my '67 Safari once the days are a bit warmer.
After looking at the original kitchen cabinets the first thing I noticed is how they pull themselves apart with all the rocking and rolling. My plan is to make the kitchen unit as a onepiece that is dovetailed together. Sides will be dovetailed to shelves bottom frame and top frame using a slotted dovetail. This should hold the cabinet together. The next trick is to mount the cabinet securely in the AS. It needs to allow for some movement so I plan to mount to the floor and wall using an elongated slot with a single fastner in the center. A few key places on the floor and wall should allow the unit to have some floating movement, but the dovetails will prevent separation.
Once I'm into the remodel, I will post pics.

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Lipets is using whats called a Kreg Jig,it is a good tool for face frame constuction. I would recommend using 1/2" stock for frames,door rails and stiles to keep weight down.As's use kind of a european style design in there cabinetry mabey to withstand flex better than face frame contsruction and ease of removal for repair.Although I am not an AS expert I have built Many of cabinets,If I can offer any help let me Know.
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Thanks for putting a name with the tool.

When you say European style design, what is different? I have my sink base/counter torn out and will be re-building my own custom cabinet/countertop. I am curious to know what I might do different.

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