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Old 12-03-2007, 09:44 PM   #1
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Hillbilly Interior

After making my first Rally and getting to look at all of the great looking Airstream's I came home and started ripping out the interior of my 27 ft. Excella. The PO had taken out the goucho and replaced it with a small loveseat. The carpet was a dull looking brown with peal and stick tile in the kitchen area. First thing was to replace the flooring in the living and kitchen area with a hardwood floating flooring I got at Lowe's. You really have to push hard on the pieces when you join them to make sure they lock together properly. After talking it over with the lady of the house we are going to go with an interior of wormy chestnut and black walnut. I think I have enough wood in the barn to do what we need to do. The panel that covers the right side of the frig will be chestnut as well as the wood trim that covers the top of the drapes. The small lift up cutting board at the end of the sink will be walnut as it is much stronger than chestnut. I think I will build a booth at the front of the living area that makes into a bed I like this setup a lot, I will frame it up out of plywood so it will be strong then trim it out with chestnut. The table top will be walnut for a smooth finish. This is as far as I have planned for now. So far I have done the floor and the and the drape covers and have glued up the panel to cover the frig with. I will use the old piece for a pattern. Iwill post some pictures as soon as i can.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:15 PM   #2
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Sounds nice. Howza about some before-during and after pics?
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:05 AM   #3
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Howza about some before-during and after pics?
I second that motion
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:50 AM   #4
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That does sound good. Keep us posted. Want to see photos of the progress.
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:00 AM   #5
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Wow!!!

Now we're getting excited to get started again on our projects!!! I've found the curtain material and figured out how I want to pattern the curtains ... and we know what we'll be using for the flooring. Now we just have to wait until we're in Florida so we have enough time to "gut & restore". Too much going on up here in NC this month! ^_^

Thanks for the inspiration ... can't wait to see your pics!!

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Old 12-04-2007, 08:05 PM   #6
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What is the best camera to buy that will download photos?
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:19 PM   #7
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I think the Canon software is the easiest. They make good, simple cameras. I also have a Sony telephoto that will download to the Canon software. Now if you want an expert opinion, someone on here will be happy to help you. I just know what works for me and what I can use with ease. Really don't like the Kodak software, it's complicated.
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:28 PM   #8
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I like the variety of woods you are contemplating using. So often the same wood is used throughout and it can look rather boring. Of course, whatever the AS is made of, it's still an AS and lovely to look at, walk through, enjoy. With your variety, I know folks will be so anxious to see it. Great idea - hope it holds until you're through with it - it's gonna be terrific!!!
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:05 PM   #9
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Thanks Pilgrim. I was born and raised in the Great Smokey Mountains of NC. When they made the Somky Mountain Park they took my Grandpa's Wilson's place on Toestring where he operated a grist mill they said you could sell out or live there till you died, he sold and moved to north Ga. My Grandpa Waldroup lived in Hiwassee Ga. when they built the lake they took his place and burned his pine log cabin to the ground. They even took the small Church they built (ledford's Chaple). All that is left is a small graveyard near Jack rabbit where he is buried along with my Father. Now the state took my Mother's house she has lived in since 1957 and put a road through it. The wood I am useing came from that old house and the walnut trees that once stood in the front yard. In this way I will always have a little bit of our home place with me. That means a lot to an old Hillbilly lke me
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:21 PM   #10
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Ramp, with that kind of history, that's going to be one special Airstream interior. How cool.
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:25 PM   #11
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Love the plans you have. Sounds beautiful. Most people don't even know what wormy chestnut is anymore. I wish I had all that was burned or left to rot in old barns back home in West Virginia. BTW..nobody outside the mountains know what ramps are either....provided we are talking about the same thing. Delicious!
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I like the variety of woods you are contemplating using. So often the same wood is used throughout and it can look rather boring. Of course, whatever the AS is made of, it's still an AS and lovely to look at, walk through, enjoy. With your variety, I know folks will be so anxious to see it. Great idea - hope it holds until you're through with it - it's gonna be terrific!!!
I also like your ideas - I love the look of fine wood. My only caution would be to consider the weight and don't over do it. Good luck with your project and have fun with it!
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Old 12-09-2007, 02:45 PM   #13
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I got a camera from my son and will try to download pics. This is my first time so hold on it may take a few tries.
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:15 PM   #14
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Had to resize.The phots show some of the pieces I have already done and some panels I am glueing up. also a shot of the lumber before and after it has been planned.
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