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Old 04-18-2020, 09:00 AM   #641
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Misery loves company. Nice to hear I'm not the only one who has had difficulty with attaching plastic laminate. I did some homework (knowledge is power) and learned I must to the edges of the counter top first. I learned they sell a "slitter" tool designed specifically for cutting narrow strips for edges. I also learned I can use my "Rotozip" bits, which I call milling bits as they cut on their diameters, and cut narrow pieces that way. I've used the wooden dowel method to keep the laminate out of the glue until I have it positioned. Then I pull the dowels out starting in the center. I learned that using a board and a towel to press the laminate into the glue is better than a J rubber roller that I was using.

I have 4 pieces I must laminate here this next week. I'll probable learn some new cuss word sequences doing it. I might even try flinging a failed piece into the far corner of the shop. Good idea.

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Old 04-18-2020, 09:52 AM   #642
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Hard to believe your lack of experience, that turned out fabulous!
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Old 04-18-2020, 11:06 AM   #643
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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
Also wood dowel rods work good too.
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Old 04-19-2020, 07:38 PM   #644
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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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It is an Isotherm Cruise 130 Clean Touch Stainless Steel model. It is quite, cools really well and makes nice ice cubes in fairly short order. It also looks cool and compliments the Furrion gas range across the way. I built a platform for it so that it would be more easily accessed. The storage area created under the platform is not the best, but who cares? (At least who cares until who does, as in when we actually get on the road and miss a more efficient storage area.)
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Old 04-21-2020, 04:26 PM   #645
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kitchen countertop coming along

Here's the latest installment in the Formica follies.
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Old 04-21-2020, 07:43 PM   #646
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Thanks for the photos of the formica follies. It is a great looking galley countertop in your Trade Wind. Any troubles applying the plastic to the plywood? I bet you used Slats to to the job. Wait, that's you.

We've got this job coming up real soon.

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Old 04-21-2020, 09:46 PM   #647
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That looks awesome!
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Old 04-22-2020, 11:23 AM   #648
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Thanks, Dan. Of course, you canít see the shims.

And David, as you might expect, I stayed away from using slats, employing 1/2Ē wooden dowels, instead. They worked great.
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One really great tool for applying laminate is to use several old mini blind or Venetian blind slats to support the laminate whilst you align it.
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Old 05-15-2020, 07:50 AM   #650
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Dale - the cabinetry and countertops are looking great! Once things settle down with the pandemic us KC area airstream restorers should meet up again. Iíd enjoy seeing everyoneís progress in person.
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I'd also like to meet again. I'm getting close to having my Safari road worthy. Maybe September?
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Old 05-15-2020, 04:27 PM   #652
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Bryan, good to hear from you. Canít recall, what year is your Safari? Looking forward to seeing it.
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It's a 66.
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Sharp looking trailer, Bryan
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Very nice Safari. Love seeing just the vents on top without an A/C ruining the lines. Of course I am biased.

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Brian and Bryan -

Letís indeed get together this fall, hopefully with no second wave messing up our plans. The Roasterie parking lot gives us plenty of room for social distance and coffee sipping. The same goes for Dannyís new man cave - make that cavern - adjoining the parking lot, where he now parks his company Airstream and Priscilla, his diesel-pusher Airstream.
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I also prefer the no AC look, but I'm getting ready to put one up there. . At least till I can wheel to places with milder temps.
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I also prefer the no AC look, but I'm getting ready to put one up there. . At least till I can wheel to places with milder temps.


My 5k AC rides in the bottom of a closet until I need it. It takes about 10 minutes to install. We typically camp in the mountains or northern Michigan so we usually donít need AC.

I have a thread in the AC section from about 5 years ago.

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Looking nice , good work .
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