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Old 12-20-2018, 03:04 PM   #15
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Do you have any pics of the bottom side and how did you put it together. I have some different types of wood that I would like to build something like this for my Sovereign.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:38 PM   #16
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For those that want to follow in KellogKid's footsteps, retro metal banding can be applied to the edge, very cool! http://www.heffrons.com/retro/banding.html
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:06 PM   #17
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This is beautiful! What is the weight difference between the formica and teak table? I wanted to replace my formica table with Corian (to match my kitchen counters) but the service tech at the factory said it would add too much weight.
The finished table top ended up weighing slightly less than the OEM formica one.

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So what did you use to finish it? Looks awesome and been thinking about doing something similar for our flying cloud, I love wood working, but hate staining/finishing...
I also hate finish work. I did not put any stain on it. Simply sanded it and then a few coats of oil based Varathan. Sanded with 400 grit after 3 coats and then put another couple coats on after that,

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Do you have any pics of the bottom side and how did you put it together. I have some different types of wood that I would like to build something like this for my Sovereign.
Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the bottom or the assembly process. I cut groves in the edges of the boards with a biscuit cutter and put wooden biscuits in them and glued the boards together and clamped. Here is an article on how to use a biscuit cutter and biscuits to joint two pieces of wood.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-...cutter-3536875

After the glued together pieces had dried, I glued a piece of 1/4" birch plywood to the bottom to add strength and assist with structural integrity. The plywood is even with the teak on the one edge that butts up against the side of the trailer. On the other three sides the plywood is set in from the edge of the teak by an inch. That way the plywood is not visible unless you lay on the floor and look up. That also gives the bottom a nice smooth surface should you brush a knee against it.
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:59 PM   #18
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KelloggKid, Thanks for the info, it told me how you fastened it all together and using the plywood for a stiffener. I have a curved couch and wanted to use this as the section for the bed. Your table is beautiful with the different shades of wood.
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Old 12-26-2018, 11:40 AM   #19
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We are planning on doing something similar to this. Thank you for your post.

My question: do you trust the strength of the new table top to hold someone sleeping on top of it?
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Old 12-26-2018, 01:00 PM   #20
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We are planning on doing something similar to this. Thank you for your post.

My question: do you trust the strength of the new table top to hold someone sleeping on top of it?
That would be my concern too, though the table looks lovely, and looks to have plenty of strength when used as a table.

I built our replacement table with use as a bed in mind, with the wood running in the appropriate direction for that, and oak battens under the table to provide additional support when used in the table configuration. Wood used for the table is walnut, cherry, curly maple, and wormy maple (aka "ambrosia maple").
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:12 PM   #21
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That would be my concern too, though the table looks lovely, and looks to have plenty of strength when used as a table.

I built our replacement table with use as a bed in mind, with the wood running in the appropriate direction for that, and oak battens under the table to provide additional support when used in the table configuration. Wood used for the table is walnut, cherry, curly maple, and wormy maple (aka "ambrosia maple").
Wow - beautiful job. I love how natural wood warms the interior.

My table is obviously not going to be as strong as yours but should be fine for use as a table or the occasional grade school age grandchild. We are yet to use it as a bed and not sure we ever will so that wasn't a concern for us.
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:38 PM   #22
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Very nice job. One of the first things we did for our 23FB was to replace the dinette table with one made of curly maple. Used polycrylic for the finish which made it fairly impervious and kept the beautiful maple color. We also made a small piece that fits snuggly in the drawer of the wardrobe and provides a small "bedside table".
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:23 PM   #23
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Nice job. I want to do the same but the weight concerns me. How thick did you plane the teak? And what did you all do to strengthen the little supports on the couch that hold the table top. Mine are sagging (I bought it used so not me). Looks exactly like what I want! Bravo.
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Nice job. I want to do the same but the weight concerns me. How much heavier is the teak? Or how thick did you plane it? Looks exactly like what I want! Bravo.
The teak is 1/2" thick and then I glued a 1/4" thick piece of baltic birch plywood to the underside. The finished table weighs slightly less than the Airstream original one.
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Nice work! I also made a couple of dinette tables from local woods. I used Titebond III glue without any biscuits in the joints. The reason...I spoke with technicians from Titebond who assured my that the glue supports 2000lbs per foot on the joint. I have never had an issue with the joint separating whereas the wood would break first. The issue I did encounter was warping of the sides table top after sealing it. With the heater vent directly under the table, being made in the northwest cool/moist air, the sides of the table simply started curving down. To solve this, I put in a 1/4" rabbit in the underside of the table, across the joints. Then epoxy in thin, 1/4" strips of aluminum (Home Depot) to use as strongbacks. The strips sanded off smooth and you can't see them without turning the table over. Another method would be to "breadboard" the end of table by glueing piece across the length of the table. The table will withstand the weight of people sleeping in the bed position.

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I too made a dining table replacement with curly maple. I had a little maple left over, used it to make an insert for the drawer next to the bed. I did add a strip of walnut as an accent.
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I too made a dining table replacement with curly maple. I had a little maple left over, used it to make an insert for the drawer next to the bed. I did add a strip of walnut as an accent.
Love curly maple. I'm having difficulty visualizing what you've made though. What model of Airstream is it? Trying to picture a drawer next to the bed, as mine has cabinets. Thanks!
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bed side table.

We have a 23FB. There are two drawers under the wardrobe on the port side.
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