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Old 04-12-2020, 02:55 PM   #621
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Suggestion, keep up the good work the Formica looks great.
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Old 04-13-2020, 12:13 PM   #622
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Did you leave your shell hanging by the overhead hoists until putting it back on the frame? I've got a 65' Tradewind and have the same side panels that hang down about 6" below the C-channel, so can't set it directly on the ground. My gantry lifts are outside so I can't leave the shell dangling in the wind. Looking for ideas on how to set mine down while I do the frame work. Thanks
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Old 04-13-2020, 08:09 PM   #623
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I left the shell in the air. I am fortunate to have a nephew who let me tow the Tradewind when we bought it to his big metal shed at his place in the country. I attached the chain hoists to one of the large metal beams above the trailer. See post #38 at page 2 of this chronology.
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Looking great! I redid my kitchen with Formica and it was probably the best decision. Itís held up really well for three years now; I am sure yours will last at least that long. And, if you decide you donít like it, very easy and cheap to replace!
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Thanks. I have yet to see the mid 60ís shell set on the ground. Iíll come up with something.
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Old 04-14-2020, 06:17 AM   #626
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Very attractive. Seems like AS usually makes the mirrors slide and have a left and right.
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:03 AM   #627
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Hinges

Hinges are a science unto themselves, like most hardware items, e.g. fasteners, springs, aluminum, woods, batteries, etc, etc.

I struggle with hinges. I understand barn door hinges, but little else. There are hundreds of different types. Airstream has used some hinges through the years where only the pivot pin shows. I found some "non mortise" hinges for the Sovereign project closet doors, heavy closet doors I might add. We bought two different types before we found a hinge we liked. Bah.

Being from Minnesota, we go to Rockler. They are a good woodworkers supply house. Here is their webpage on hidden hinges. This will likely give you nightmares. What hinge, no hinge, too pricey, wrong color, won't work. But take a look, you might find something that you think will work. Then you will try it and it won't work. That's my experience with hinges.

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https://www.rockler.com/hardware/cabinet-hardware/hinges#/filter:ss_category:Hardware$253ECabinet$2520Hardwa re$253EHinges$253EConcealed$2520Hinges
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Old 04-14-2020, 01:14 PM   #628
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David - Thanks for suggesting Rockler. I was looking at them last night.


Doc - I'd love to see your Caravel. Drag it out to Pleasant Hill some day. Or just come down Huntington Road in KC and honk. Drive-by celebrations are all the rage these days.


Hittenstiehl - Took you up on your suggestion and did the fridge countertop yesterday.
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Looks equally good. I love how these aluminum obsessions bring out skills we didn't even know we had.
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Looking great! I redid my kitchen with Formica and it was probably the best decision. Itís held up really well for three years now; I am sure yours will last at least that long. And, if you decide you donít like it, very easy and cheap to replace!

Amen to that. Earlier on, I was going to go with Corian for the Tradewind. However, after we redid our kitchen a year or so ago, replacing the formica with Corian, I thought better of it. Corian scratches easily, stains easily, scorches easily and, well, does a lot of bad things easily. I guess it looks good, but as I mentioned a few posts back, I've becomd a convert to the function over form crowd. The same goes for drop-in sinks. I read the other day on this forum that they tend to become drop-out sinks over time. And, as for the one in our newly-redone kitchen, I have noticed that the under part of the under mount is a great breeding ground for bacteria, mold and general nastiness.
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Correction, for lack of anything better to do on a rainy day

Uhh, I meant to direct that comment to undermount sinks, not drop in sinks. I need to remember to proofread pre-post, instead of post post.
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We understood what you were talking about. I ended up installing an IKEA stainless steel sink.

NORRSJ÷N, 21"x17"
https://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/spr/69157908/

It has a very low profile lip that rests on top of my walnut countertop. A bead of silicone under the iip will hopefully keep the crud at bay.

I stumbled across something nifty... a roll up dish drying rack that fits perfectly above the sink:

https://www.amazon.com/Roll-up-Folda...018AZA7MW?th=1

And by the way, you are doing a great job on the interior. I really like the original wood with the light/white interior walls. Looks great!
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Slats- will do. Atomic_13 is giving me a primer on the Forum tonight to post my successes and failures so far in a blog
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I ended up installing an IKEA stainless steel sink.

That's what I got, too. My next countertop to tackle will be the one in the kitchen, which will get the white Formica treatment, as well. It is a bit ironic that, when I tore the old Formica unit out, I swore I would replace it with something cooler. Oh well. In what has become a recurring lament, function trumps form, once more. But in my defense, I have to say the new Formica looks waayyy better than the old.
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I'll be laminating a "formica" covering on my plywood substrate soon. I had a devil of a time with the Overlander doing this. The material we purchased was so brittle. The box said Wilsonart on it. I didn't develop a good cutting method that wouldn't spit the material, especially when cutting the 1" edge pieces. I used Weldwood brush on contact adhesive which seemed to work okay. The edge pieces would not bend around the corner radius of my countertop. I do have a edge router that works good for trimming to size after it is glued down.

Where can I get some training on laying down "formica" on countertops? You seem to do it easily.

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After you have brushed on the contact adhesive, lay venetian blind slats on the plywood. Then, place the Formica on top of the slats, and begin to remove the slats.
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After you have brushed on the contact adhesive, lay venetian blind slats on the plywood. Then, place the Formica on top of the slats, and begin to remove the slats.
Good idea Wayne. I need to get me some slats. I have a whole stack of the wood yardsticks they tend to give away periodically at the box stores that I use. I like the slat idea better. Thanks
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Well, given my adopted moniker for this forum, I get a little uneasy with talk of laying Formica on slats. But I try not to take it personally. Actually, I followed a friend's advice and used a few (the first attempt, too few) 1/2" wooden dowels to keep the Formica separated from the contact cement and prevent premature bonding. In my first attempt, referred to above, I used only two dowels for a 24" piece of Formica, which unfortunately allowed the slacked Formica to contact the contact cement too soon, resulting in a forlorn attempt to pull it back from its fatal attraction, ultimately ending in spectacular failure, accompanied by all the appropriate exclamations over the shattered Formica and, flinging it to the far end of the shed. I used a can of Formica brand spray adhesive, but I think I'll get the brush-on stuff for the next round. The spray stuff takes a talent I lack.
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Uhh, I meant to direct that comment to undermount sinks, not drop in sinks. I need to remember to proofread pre-post, instead of post post.


If you like the look/feel of the undermount sink but still want to use Formica, Karran makes a line of sinks specially designed for just that.


https://www.karran.com/product-catalog

I used it with the laminate when I redid my kitchen. So far no complaints!

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David - Thanks for suggesting Rockler. I was looking at them last night.


Doc - I'd love to see your Caravel. Drag it out to Pleasant Hill some day. Or just come down Huntington Road in KC and honk. Drive-by celebrations are all the rage these days.


Hittenstiehl - Took you up on your suggestion and did the fridge countertop yesterday.


Slats

I was zoning in on your beautiful Formica work and see that you installed an Isotherm fridge. That is on my wish list. Is it a compressor fridge? What is the model number?

I too really like the white Formica with the walnut.

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