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Old 11-26-2014, 09:44 AM   #141
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After rebuilding and refinishing all your woodwork it will be a snap to refinish the dinning room table, while watching Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:17 PM   #142
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After rebuilding and refinishing all your woodwork it will be a snap to refinish the dinning room table, while watching Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory.
No way, that table has the scars of many of our 4 kids projects from elementary school thru high school. Memories of building bird houses in Cub Scouts to making costumes for many a halloween costume.

We can't touch that table.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:32 PM   #143
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Wow, you sure put new meaning into "whip up something in the kitchen". And yes, your wood is finished beautifully. My old Trade Wind needs refinished, maybe someday. Your front overhead cabinet you built is super. Mine is molded plastic with a wood facia.

I wanted to ask how you are making cabinet doors. My trailer has plywood closet doors that are a little shy of 1/2" and then routed around the perimeter about a 1/2 inch wide, and 1/4" deep. This makes a recess that fits into the cabinet framing. I don't have a router that can make that cut, so I used 1/4" plywood and attached 1/4" frame to it to create the effect of the recess.

I'm really enjoying this thread! "Good things from the Deflores kitchen".

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This is our "back porch" wood shop, where the cabinet doors were routed as you described.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:40 PM   #144
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The "Gaucho"

Diane, takes all the pictures, captures me "at my best". The gaucho was rebuilt with extra reinforcing from the original 1"x1" framing members, we put in 1"x3" framing because I did not think the original was a very good design.

I played with the future cushion widths and came up with 20", 15" and 14" for a total of 47" wide pulled out bed.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:46 PM   #145
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Time out for some engine work

Took a few days off of the trailer to assist my son with an engine rebuild, I was really proud of his determination to rebuild and reinstall this engine in such cold weather.

Times are changing, I used to be the guy in charge of the engine work, now that he is grown, I am relegated to the position "sous" grease monkey.

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:53 PM   #146
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The "Screen" Queen

Diane took it upon herself to redo all the screens, since time is getting short. Click image for larger version

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Note the use of clothes pins to keep her screen in position
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The screens in the whole trailer were completed and look really good and tight.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:07 PM   #147
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Headed Back to the Kitchen

Moving back to the kitchen to pick up some details that were left for later. We are building kitchen drawers.
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You can tell I am rushing, as my workspace is getting messier as we go.


But we are accomplishing the tasks at hand, the drawer fronts will be stained to match a little later.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:20 PM   #148
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Details...Details

Diane found that she could really clean up the lights over the gaucho with good old Bar Keepers Friend.
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Reused the old board and ran wires behind in the groove for lights and thermostat
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Lights turned out pretty well.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:29 PM   #149
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Foam.. Foam.. Foam

Exciting day, we received our foam, had to test fit all the pieces.
Ordered 4 1/2" medium density foam and 1 1/2" soft foam as a topper to get a 6" tall foam piece.

We had made cardboard patterns for the curved bunks and provided dimensions for the straight pieces. We asked that the curved piece patterns be trimmed with an additional half inch all around.

This thing is starting to look like something.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:36 PM   #150
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Sewing Things Up

Diane working on my dad's old tailoring machine, getting it ready for our next task. We used the cardboard patterns to cut out material for bunks.
The machine is a Singer 3115, quite popular with leather crafters.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:43 PM   #151
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"Cutting Up" while working inside

I laid out all the pieces using AutoCAD and used the plan to mark and cut out all the pieces we will need for our cushions. Diane labeled everything so we would keep it straight. We are once again working in the kitchen with more tables for layout space.
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Finally a look at the material we chose for the project.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:52 PM   #152
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Upholstery

Diane has not done this type of project since she duplicated the "pony" interior for our 1966 Ford Fairlane convertible over 25 years ago.

So here is her first cushion, not bad. We are going with no cording because we want to sleep "all night" and not have to concern ourselves with that cording cutting into our back or side or anything.
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Now a look at the curbside bunk bottom, look no wrinkles.
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Zippers go on FOREVER

The zippers for these things are really long, have to be to get that foam into the cover, for that we used dry cleaning bags and a vacuum cleaner.
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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

While Diane is concerning herself with the inside, I am busy installing the propane system under the trailer and sanding and painting the old propane tanks. Installed cut-off valves at each line going into trailer. Reused the old 5/8" fittings for the distribution system, ran into a problem when I attempted to connect the "old" 5/8" lines to newer hoses sold by VTS. Had to order a special 5/8" to 1/2" fitting off the internet, came all the way from California.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:14 PM   #155
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New Shoes

Installing new tires and wheels purchased from Discount Tire. Went with Sendel 15X6 wheels and Goodyear Wrangler HT's in size 215 75 15, did not want to reduce clearance to body that we achieved thru the installation of the new axle. First picture are the old "working" wheels and tires.

Even though are LT tires, was able to get the warranty that I had read some people had trouble obtaining since they are not trailer tires. Maybe Discount's policy is different.
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Old 11-27-2014, 06:29 AM   #156
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Happy Thanksgiving! An all American holiday. Your new wheels look great. Sendel is making a lot of very nice trailer wheels. So much better than the old painted black steel wheels with hub caps. Here I prefer the new style wheels over the old.

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Old 11-27-2014, 09:36 AM   #157
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We need a table, but the bulky slide out original design just does not cut it, do not like having to slide into a "booth" to sit at the tableClick image for larger version

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Our solution is a shortened version without the slide, utilizing the original leg on a straight down position
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:50 AM   #159
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Turkey Day...anyone else have different ways to cook the "bird"
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You're going to make your goal of 2nd week in December. Congratulations! The upholstery work Diana "whipped up in the kitchen" for your three "gauchos" looks great! And looks very comfortable. Your Safari will sleep three easily. And the little table looks very appropriate. Having those big gauchos pull out into a big bed is a good idea. And the flat pleats Diana made looks great too.

You must post all about your maiden voyage in your new Safari. I expect there will be a long line of folks waiting to see it. Maybe someone will make you a big offer for it. It's worth a lot of $$$. Get it insured if not already.

Me, I don't know how to cook a turkey, except slower it better. I do see you found a good use for leftover Prodex.

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