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Old 11-18-2012, 02:20 AM   #15
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Quick update in case anyone is following this thread. The project is taking a lot longer and is a lot more work than expected. I decided to scrap the outside wall to outside wall crossmembers that were spanning the storage bins. Cutting into that piece to in two places to let it sit over the bin made it lose far too much structural integrity.

Instead, I am building 3 inverted U shaped braces down the center to tie together the two side and to form a tunnel down the middle. I'd like to be able to use the back hatch to load in long items -- perhaps even with the option to remove a panel or open a door on the front of the bed so things could extend beyond the bed and into the hallway (should the need ever arise).

The resulting structure will be pretty darn solid. I will just need to tie it to the outside walls in a few places and possibly add a support for the storage bins. And then there is certainly a lot of skinning and finish work that I have not even started thinking about yet. And I probably won't start thinking about it until I've enjoyed at least a few nights rest in the new bed!

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:15 AM   #16
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Thanks for the update, keep us posted!

How were the cocktails? What did they think of the framing idea?

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:24 AM   #17
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3 inverted U shaped braces down the center...
Any drawings or doodles to share?

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:51 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by chromis View Post
it is put together using good water resistant glue and Kreg joints.
I've just learned what a kreg jig is after seeing it mentioned a few times on the forum and may just have to give this a shot. Your joints were what u was talking about when I said my woodworking skills were not that great but it looks like the kreg system might be just the thing! I will probably try it using it for the bath and kitchen, and mag have used it instead of the metal for the bed had I known a about it.

Heck, maybe I'll start over in the bed if I like it enough -- it is still just the metal underframe and is a bit higher than optimal right now. I have been thinking about how to finish it off with wood. The nice thing about working in wood from the start, I'm thinking, is that a lot of structure and finish work can be one and the same.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:34 PM   #19
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Threw the dinette together in an afternoon. took longer to varnish..

Used biscuits or dowels before, that tool made life way easier..

!! A tip is to adjust your saw to be perfectly square, with a metal square
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:02 AM   #21
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where else on the web can a person get help from all over the us
these forms are great. redoing a 1971 ambassador. thanks to everyone
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