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Old 11-07-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
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Custom 8foot CCD like cabinets for sale

I found posted here some PICS of a member building some CCD like cabinets for his AS, I decided to do the same for my 22' Argosy. I am still building mine, white formica outside, familiar curved CCD underbody, four two foot divider sections with sliding frosted plexiglass cabinter doors and interior backlights for affect. The curbside unit length is actually 97.5". I will be including more and more pics as I can, the first prototype unit pics are below. I have already found some subtle differences I wish to make on the next version and will not be using this one. I am finishing it and plan to have about $150 in materials in it.

Question: Would anyone be interested in buying my prototype (more pics to come as I progress) for the $150 plus whatever it costs for shipping this monster. I will have weights and final dimensions posted soon as well.

I will entertain doing a roadside version if someone wants a pair, I will even entertain building these as custom units after I complete my prototype 2 units.

Can we start talking???

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Old 11-07-2008, 08:42 AM   #2
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Hello. We do not allow sales in threads. Please post this in the classifieds. Members can post questions in that format too. Thanks
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:12 AM   #3
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Pardon me if I took too rapid an action there. There should be room in our discussions for you to determine if there is a market for such a product. Let's let this go forward. You certainly may sell from the classifieds. Please also read the vendors section at the bottom of the community rules if you do end up finding that there is a market for these.

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Old 11-07-2008, 11:15 AM   #4
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The cabinets look great and look well built so far. We think that there would be a market for them. We see so many trailers for sale where the POs removed the cabinets and never replaced them.

It would be interesting to learn what shipping would cost.

Good luck with everything!
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:20 PM   #5
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Nice cabinets

Look very well built, including several weight reducing steps. If you get in the business, I might be interested in some nose cone cabinets, but would probably want it in oak.
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:55 PM   #6
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Anyone ever install a heavier overhead cabinet

Thanks for the kind words about the cabinet. I have a trick for bending the 1/8" luan , you dont bend it. You apply it in 1/2" strips, plane and then sand before applying formica.

Here are two more pics. I will apply formica tomorrow. It is coming along nicely but it is much heavier than the original. I will get numbers but it is heavy. I plan to clean the vinyl wals, mount with a combination of angle iron and construction adhesive.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:16 PM   #7
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Here are two more pics. I will apply formica tomorrow. It is coming along nicely but it is much heavier than the original. I will get numbers but it is heavy. I plan to clean the vinyl wals, mount with a combination of angle iron and construction adhesive.
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Heavier is not better. The increased weight means it would be more likely to pull out of the ceiling, plus more weight up high will work against the low center of gravity Airstreams enjoy.
5 pounds here, 10 pounds there, each not that much, but cumulatively it could create a problem. This is something to keep in mind before your R&D go too far to make a correction if needed.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:06 AM   #8
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Bending Formica on 4" radius

Thanks Overlander
Yeah, I did not consider the effects of the higher COG. I went ahead and thinned out some bracing and tore off one of the 3/4" plywood end caps and replaced with 1/8" luan (that end butts up against the back wall anyway). Now the weight has been greatly reduced.

Now for the latest opportunity. I was fitting my 8 foot wide sheet of formica and learned two things:
  1. The first (most benificial) is to dry fit large sheets of painters paper (tape mulitple sheets to make a 4x8 sheet and cut to fit intended area where formica will go) to make a template to be transferred to the formica in order to cut it to a perfect fit.
  2. I broke my formica sheet while roughly bending it on the 4" radius (I had not glued yet). The next time I will be gluing up so I dont want to break it. I have a heat gun and played around with it but the real question is this: HAS ANYONE EVER SUCCESSFULLY BENT A 8ft WIDE PIECE OF FORMICA AROUND A 4" OR SMALLER RADIUS? If so, how? Sorry for the yelling just wanted someone to see the question.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:00 PM   #9
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your ccd cabinets

I am remodeling a 25' Airstream and really like the CCD look.
Could you get a price on shipping to 78737 Austin Tx.
if the freight isn't ridiculous, it would be a nice addition to the 25'

Give me a call if it is easer 512 496 7097

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Old 12-13-2008, 07:14 PM   #10
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your ccd cabinets

I neglected to give you my email address;
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:03 AM   #11
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I found posted here some PICS of a member building some CCD like cabinets for his AS, I decided to do the same for my 22' Argosy. I am still building mine, white formica outside, familiar curved CCD underbody, four two foot divider sections with sliding frosted plexiglass cabinter doors and interior backlights for affect. The curbside unit length is actually 97.5". I will be including more and more pics as I can, the first prototype unit pics are below. I have already found some subtle differences I wish to make on the next version and will not be using this one. I am finishing it and plan to have about $150 in materials in it.

Question: Would anyone be interested in buying my prototype (more pics to come as I progress) for the $150 plus whatever it costs for shipping this monster. I will have weights and final dimensions posted soon as well.

I will entertain doing a roadside version if someone wants a pair, I will even entertain building these as custom units after I complete my prototype 2 units.

Can we start talking???

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Look at the webb page for the Plywood Co of Fort Worth. They have serveral types of bending panels that might help you. They give the brand name of the products. You mignt be able to get it from your local suplier for cabnet shops. Your workman ship looks great! Good luck
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  1. I broke my formica sheet while roughly bending it on the 4" radius (I had not glued yet). The next time I will be gluing up so I dont want to break it. I have a heat gun and played around with it but the real question is this: HAS ANYONE EVER SUCCESSFULLY BENT A 8ft WIDE PIECE OF FORMICA AROUND A 4" OR SMALLER RADIUS? If so, how? Sorry for the yelling just wanted someone to see the question.
You are on the right track but it takes a lot of even heat and a thinner sheet to start with. Also you must work very fast.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:36 AM   #13
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There different grades of laminate that are used for postforming tight radii - they have a thinner backing and are directional. If you haven't purchased all you need yet, it may be worthwhile to check it out. It comes in most colors - so I'm sure "white" is available. Here's a link to Formica's list of grades...all the manufacturers have similar products.

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Old 01-31-2009, 10:11 PM   #14
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Hi Uniquemicro...I also may be interested in your cabinets if they're still available. (Shipping to Missoula, MT 59801, you can PM me if they're still available) Definitely would like for you to keep talking about your techniques since this is also on my to-do list. Thanks!
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