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Old 05-03-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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Another gaucho to dinette conversion

The gaucho/foldout dining table combo didn't really work for us.

The gaucho could only seat 2 for dining, and the people on the other side of the table had to press themselves between the table and the cabinet. The table often threatened to collapse, and the single leg didn't seem that stable to us.

So a few weeks ago, I pulled out the gaucho:



Put down some major league 2 X 4's and 2 X 2's:



Cut plywood carefully to conform to the walls:

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and then set up the table:



We're pretty happy with it. The cushion lady comes over tomorrow to take measurements for seating and sleeping cushions.

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Looks good! Love the setup. Can the table be stored under the back bench when not in use? Please post some pictures once the cushions are done!

We're toying with the idea of replacing our current dinette with a u-shaped seating area like yours, although without the extra 3 feet your unit has, we may have to get a little more creative.

It's great to see projects like this; thanks for sharing!
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Looks good! Love the setup. Can the table be stored under the back bench when not in use? Please post some pictures once the cushions are done!
Originally, that was our intention, that we'd be able to lower the table in the back area, but I decided that I needed more support for that back piece (which is roughly the length of the table), because it was so big. So I put 2X4's on either side, supporting the edges.

The table is completely mobile, so we can put it outside if we need room for lounging inside. Or shove it to one side, or turn it 90 degrees for easier access on the side benches. It's a bigger table than we originally thought we'd have, but it was in the As-Is section at Ikea for $30, pretty hard to pass up. The table legs are standard fold down cafeteria table type legs. $20.

It was a neat project. Now for the flooring!
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And the cushions finally came together last week, minutes before we were to take off for Algonquin park. Thanks to a local upholsterer, here is the finished product:

With table up:


With table down:


And with table cushions on:


It makes for a firm bed, but far more roomy and comfy than the gaucho it replaced. We plan to raise the table up about 3 inches, because my legs are fatter than I thought, and I want a bit more space between the top of the cushions and the bottom of the table.

The plywood tops for the storage bins are loose right now. I have no plans to hinge them, but I may cut finger holes in them to make it easier to lift them up. It gives us lots of space for sleeping bags, camp chairs, water jugs, clothing, towing mirrors, etc.
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