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Old 03-01-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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'67 Caravel Side Couch/Bed wooden table slides

I need to replace the three wooden "Walter of Wabash" wooden table slides that extend and support the side couch/bed (I hesitate to use the term "gaucho") in our 1967 Caravel. Has anyone had success finding a suitable substitute? Can I make these myself with a router and dovetail bit?


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Old 03-01-2009, 01:38 PM   #2
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Goucho slides

Steve, They sell these at Ed
Hardwood Bed Slide Our Price: $24.97
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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Wow, that's great!!! Thank you for the tip!
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:21 PM   #4
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I had success making these. You need a very hard wood for it to work though. I used exactly the method you mention in your post and found a bit that matched the original slides. I was able to reuse the small wooden dove tail inserts along which the slides slide.
I have also tried the ones from Vintage Trailer and they worked too. The only drawback to them was that their method of doweling involved a single long dowel rather than the multiple smaller ones used by the originals. This means that your gaucho will loose an inch or so in its extension ability.
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