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Old 01-02-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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Are my cabs Birch? Oak? Maple?

I just purchased my camper this Thanksgiving and the PO gave me the original manual but it does not say what wood was used to craft the cabinets. They are original and in very good condition, I was just curious on if they were Birch, Maple, Oak. I don't want to sound like a dummy when people ask me.

Thanks so much guys!
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:13 AM   #2
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Are my cabs Birch? Oak? Maple?

Greetings!

You coach's interior looks wonderful. The species of the veneer utilized for cabinetry varied from year to year as well as depending upon whether the coach was a Land Yacht or a Land Yacht International

In the photos, your coach's veneer very closely resembles the golden oak that was utilized in my '64 Overlander.

Good luck with your investigation!

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I concur...you have Oak. There were a couple of options in the mid-60's, Oak, Walnut & Mahogany...Birch was generally used in the 50's.

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Old 01-02-2010, 11:07 AM   #4
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Thanks Kevin and Shari!

The PO gave me a bottle of Old English, is that what you guys use on your cabs?
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Old English Lemon Oil . . .

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Thanks Kevin and Shari! The PO gave me a bottle of Old English, is that what you guys use on your cabs?
Hi Jezibels:

I have a 1964 19' Globe Trotter like Shari's, the same year as Kevin's Overlander. I use Old English Lemon Oil exclusively to maintain the Oak wood in my trailer. It's a wonderful product and likely one reason your trailer is in such excellent shape. It was maintained regularly by the PO using great products. Don't use any furniture polish containing silicone. Silicone it make it extremely difficult to refinish or touch up wood. Stick with the Old English Lemon Oil. And congratulations on your new Airstream!
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I used Howard's "Retor-A-Finish" when we first got the trailer and have maintained it with Howard's "Feed-N-Wax" since. It's an orange oil & beeswax polish, similar to the lemon oil in that it is a natural product and it smells good!



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Very nice interior. I had the same issue trying to restore my 67. I took a sample over to the area hardwood specialty supplier. He immediately identified it as Ash.
As it darkened with age it looked very similar to oak.
I later verified that in 67 Ash was used in the Land-Yachts (Cherry in the Internationals) when I found a copy of the Airstream Story sales brochure on e-Bay. They show up frequently and are an excellent source of info.
The interior pics at Vintage Airstream 66Tradewind1 for a '66 show the same coloring and grain of the Ash veneer as in my "67.

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:23 PM   #8
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I found out just now, my cabs are Honey Stained Ash

http://service.airstream.com/files/l...c60bb61117.pdf
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I was going to use Restorafinish on our '66 Overlander International we just bought, but I'm still confused about the wood - Mahogany or Cherry? Shari, do you know? I wanted to begin today, but don't want to mess up the beauty!
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Mahogany and cherry have very different grain structures. Can you post a picture?

Mahogany has narrow lines running parallel and cherry is a smoother, flatter surface with wider grain patterns.
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Here is our Picasa link with pics we took right before we picked Daisy up!
https://picasaweb.google.com/1158341...eat=directlink
You'll see a variety of pics in the bedroom area (less fading) and some in other areas. Depending on where the wood is located and how much sun it got shows the variety of color and dryness. I'm ripping out the carpeting today!! YOOHOO and then we'll see if we find any hidden floor issues plus begin to 'refinish/restore' the wood
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It's not easy for me to tell the wood from those pictures. I'm not an expert, but I've had a fair amount of experience with mahogany and cherry. If you get a chance for some close up pictures, that would help. I'd need to be able to see the wood fibers and not just the overall pattern.

Maybe someone with a better eye for wood can chime in?
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Webspinner, I'll take some close up pics this morning and post. We think it is possibly cherry, but before I begin the refinishing of them, I want to be fairly sure.
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Here is our Picasa link with pics we took right before we picked Daisy up!
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You'll see a variety of pics in the bedroom area (less fading) and some in other areas. Depending on where the wood is located and how much sun it got shows the variety of color and dryness. I'm ripping out the carpeting today!! YOOHOO and then we'll see if we find any hidden floor issues plus begin to 'refinish/restore' the wood
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Looks like mahogany to me. We've got that in our '66 tri-level house, it was popular (and still plentiful and cheap) back then. Probably from Honduras.
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