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Old 05-24-2015, 07:13 AM   #1
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Replaced gaucho with dinette

88 Excella 31'. Tons of fun, but need more lounging room. After poking around here for ideas, happened across pizzachop's build, and started buying wood.

Flooring is Trafficmaster Allure, Dark Walnut. Measured out where we wanted it and got to work. Couple of slots so it fits together, then measured for the back slats to drill in the rear support and hinges.
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Cut in some supports for the corners, then cubbies for the front.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:18 AM   #2
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So it needed a table. I ordered a telescoping pedestal support, but it needed to go under by six inches. I ended up cutting as far in to the floor and subfloor as I could, and cutting off the bottom of the inside pipe. It gives us JUST enough room to get in/out and enjoy a massive table/bed. Click image for larger version

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Maxwell approved.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:23 AM   #3
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Now what to do about cushions?

The dinette is 63"x90", so I ended up ordering a Cal King Foam RV/Truck bed off Amazon, and hacked it up with a kitchen knife. Quick upholstery job with some fabric from the local upholstery outlet ($27), and we're in business.
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Again. Maxwell approved.
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Massive bed option
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:26 AM   #4
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Really, all that's left is make it look good, and possibly swap the table out for something smaller for day to day living. I plan on using a dark walnut veneer on the faces or the cubbies and around the baseboard and staining in to match the floor. I'm also looking for aluminum trim for the edge of the table, and end caps of the dinette.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:40 PM   #5
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Nice Job
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:10 PM   #6
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Really impressive work. You must be proud!
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:54 PM   #7
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Wow- you just made that so easy.... I was way over thinking that in my plan. Nice.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:11 PM   #8
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I did a lot of the same overthinking. This layout is super easy. Probably a little heavy. You could probably get away with using 12"X1" poplar and cut some weight for the base.

I'll end up redoing it at some point. Never can leave well enough alone.
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:34 PM   #9
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Seating build plans

Hi, your seating looks great! Do you have any measurements, specifically the height & width of the seating? Also, what was it built from (plywood, etc)?
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:50 PM   #10
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Beautiful! Nice job. And in sure we all approve of Maxwell too 😃
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:11 PM   #11
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Does the pedestal eliminate any bounce in the table?
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:58 PM   #12
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The beautification engineer says the gaucho days in our trailer are now limited - she really liked it, great job!
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:38 AM   #13
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I'm out of the country for the time being, but I remember the seats being about 27" deep and 14.something" tall. The whole shebang was around 63" deep, and about 92" wide.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:04 PM   #14
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Awesome Job ... I am about to undertake another restoration project and what you have done is what Im looking to do ... Can you give me an idea of measurements you used ? How tall , how wide, table size, etc ...
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