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Old 07-26-2009, 11:55 AM   #15
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Wildr:

One technique for fine tuning the radius (after using a cardboard template to get close) is to position the piece and then use a flexible hose or something 1/2" or so in diameter against the wall and trace it on the piece.

I just finished a 5th bed in the rear of my Sovereign and it took at least 10 cuts or so to get it right (but it was a solid piece all the way across side to side). (the height changes the dimensions as well, as the walls curve both ways)

I chuckle when I read those who would trash existing fixtures to "fashion" their own in the curved areas. It is easier said than done.
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Old 07-26-2009, 01:35 PM   #16
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It's looking really good Timmy. I'm impressed by your corners. About 5 years ago, I tried to convert the gaucho on my 13 foot Boler (fiberglass, like a Scamp or Casita) to a dinette, but the radial corners (very similar to an Airstream) drove me crazy. I tried and tried and finally gave up and reinstalled the fiberglass gaucho. You should see how much cardboard I went through! ;-) I have been out working on the Boler again this week, and I'm going to try making a dinette again. (Call me stupid). I'm going to take Pizzachop's advice and try a flexible hose. I love my Boler because with it's size, my projects are manageable (and very low-tech).

Thanks for your inspiration!

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Old 07-26-2009, 11:58 PM   #17
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Wild and Lisa, try using a piece of onion skin paper next time. Lay it wher you want with the extra folded up against the slope of the wall. Take either an exacto knife and cut along the curve or take a nail and poke holes every inch or so then connect the dots and cut. No matter what you do please remember that the curve on the floor will not match perfecty to wherever you are building the bench/table/dresser. It'll be close but don't epect miracles. As Pizzachop mentioned, you'll be doing lots of cutting and filing.

We are on our way out of town for a week to Wells Gray park in British Columbia for 6 days then 2 days in Jasper. I will have my camera and I will try to shoot some pics of the finished job.

Wild: that is the inverter under the bench that comes stock with all trailers
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:18 PM   #18
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Thanks for the advice. Have a great trip!
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:40 PM   #19
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Holly cow, I used 1x2 and 1x4 to build mine, and that is bomb proof.. Yours will last the next nuclear attack.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:51 PM   #20
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Scribing is another way to catch those corners

Easier to show than describe, but dead simple, and probably the most accurate way to do it (not to mention fast).

Have a look at this segment of the DIY guy doing flooring. A little bit over half way, he shows how to do scribing with a modified paint stir-stick and a marker.

YouTube - Airstream Restoration - 07-1 Flooring
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:36 PM   #21
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Thanks Aage. I tried a scribe technique, but wasn't too successful. This modified paint stick is a great idea.
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:17 PM   #22
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I promised some pics of the "mostly" finished dinette. Here it is with custom made cushions and throw pillows. Since these pics I have removed the temp floor and kick plates and started to lay down new Tarkett flooring. I'm hoping to have the floor and new kick plates in place within the next couple of days. More pics to come when jobs are completed.
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looking good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:28 PM   #24
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regarding radiused corners, I have had great success using heavy drawing paper rather than cardboard. If it is not big enough, I tape multilple pieces together square. Then push the paper into the radius and trace it. I then use a flexible drawing tool available at any good art store to fine tune. You can even re tape paper on top of paper to get the template just right, then cut the wood once. This technique usually does the trick in one or max two cuts, nice and tight.
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Timmy: The dinette is looking really great. Nice choice of fabric...it really feels like you're on holidays!

Mr. Decent: Good idea. Much easier to cut heavy paper than cardboard.

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That is slick!
Very enviting for a group of friends
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #27
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I'm using my spousal unit's (Campaz) computer today and found this thread in his favorites (no, not spying, just forgot it was not my favorites list). I love the wraparound sofa! He will wish I had found something more explosive in that list because I will not rest until we have that. Think you can have it done by July, dear?

Timmy, is it comfortable and does it work well not that you've had a chance to use it? Would you do anything different?

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Old 03-17-2010, 10:42 AM   #28
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It should say, "now that you've had a chance to use it"

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