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Old 01-30-2010, 07:20 PM   #801
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One of the things that we wanted to do early on was to build in a "cedar closet" for the clothes closet. I hit on the idea after looking at a beautiful "hope chest" that Eric built for a buddy's daughter a while back. So, off to Homey D's I went in search of cedar planks. Found them in a box of 15 square feet for about $23. Cut to fit, glue in place and no problem, right? Riiiight!
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Here's a shot of the right (forward) side of the clothes closet. Looks pretty good, eh? (This assumes, of course, that you're into cedar).
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I cant wait to see this thing when its done.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:38 PM   #804
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Ok, so the basic problem is that the glue that I used to fasten the cedar to the bulkheads ain't holding worth a dern. I used one of those "green" Liquid Nails formulations for wood-to-wood applications. Nope, don't work in vertical mode. That stuff may be okay for floors and stuff, but it sux on a wall. Bottom line is that the cedar is pulling away from this wall. I will "do green" when I can, but just doesn't work here.
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Finally, a pic of the back (or opposite) wall of the clothes closet. I switched to a different grade of Liquid Nails made specifically for paneling. In other words, something that's not green but actually works. All seems well now. We'll see what pulled away and is laying in the floor in the morning.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:48 PM   #806
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I cant wait to see this thing when its done.
Done? Can you actually define that Perfessor? It's available for your inspection any time! Gimme a buzz sometime so we can swap restoration lies.

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Looking good. It looks like you got some cedar going on. Must make the trailer smell mighty good.

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Done? Can you actually define that Perfessor? It's available for your inspection any time! Gimme a buzz sometime so we can swap restoration lies.

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Done: df. In vintage Airstream restorations: 1. A mythical condition analogous to nirvana. 2. A quest similar to that of the Holy Grail. 3. A condition requiring four point seven times the available funds. 4. A state of affairs occurring at the same incident rate as unusually decreased thermal climatic conditions in the region loosely defined as Hades.

I will be passing by on the way to the Shuttle launch in about a week, not sure how that would work with your schedule though.
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All joking aside, you're welcome here any time. We're about 3 miles off of I-75 in McDonough. Let us know if we can get together. Susan and I would love to actually meet you.

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Done: df. In vintage Airstream restorations: 1. A mythical condition analogous to nirvana. 2. A quest similar to that of the Holy Grail. 3. A condition requiring four point seven times the available funds. 4. A state of affairs occurring at the same incident rate as unusually decreased thermal climatic conditions in the region loosely defined as Hades.

I will be passing by on the way to the Shuttle launch in about a week, not sure how that would work with your schedule though.
Ha! I like it. But, I'm way over 4.7x the available funds, and I'm still nowhere near done!

Nice work Jim, I really like the cedar-lined closet. Hopefully your new glue will hold up and you won't have to redo too much of the first try. I also considered doing this, but wasn't sure how to go about it, since nailing through the thin wardrobe walls would be problematic.

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One of the reasons aromatic ceder smells so good is the oils in it. Try wiping down the surface that you intend to glue with acetone , alcohol, etc to remove the aromatic oils from the surface before applying the adhesive.

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Another trick about cedar lining...

After a while a cedar lining will begun to lose some of its aroma. Evidently the surface dries out a bit or gums up somehow. It turns out that all you have to do to revive it is to lightly sand the surface.

You interior is looking good. I think I am at about the same point in my restoration relative to starting to get the interior back together.

I agree too that the definition of "done" is indeed related to those somewhat illusive pursuits that seems to be a moving target. The good news is that while the target might keep moving as we get closer to it the distance does get shorter. Basically this means that at some point in the process while we may not actually be "done" we may be happy enough with the results that we can actually get some use out of our project. I am not yet there but I am closing in the target. One of these days...

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Old 02-05-2010, 07:52 PM   #813
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Problem solved

That is, the problem of making the cedar stick is solved.

The "green" version of the Liquid Nails just simply didn't work. The next afternoon (Sunday) I pulled all of that cedar down, scraped off the uncured glue and started reapplying with a better grade of Liquid Nails (the one made for paneling). I also noticed that the bulkhead that the cedar was being glued to had a slight bend to it. So, I installed the shelf brackets (from the original shelves that are being reused) with clecoes temporarily. That seemed to straighten out the bulkhead/wall. Next, I re-glued the first four courses of the cedar. This time, tho, I drilled thru the cedar at the shelf brackets to accommodate the clecos. Also placed a couple of other drills/clecoes at the ends of the cedar panels to hold in place while the glue sets. Now we're gettin' somewhere. Pics to follow.
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Hope these pics make sense.
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Finally got the Cedar Closet finished.
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And the new circuit for the Microwave finally wired in.
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Microwave in place with plenty of extra room on the new shelf.
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Cupboard is done minus a few more rivets and some trim pieces.
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Looking good Jim. Really like the cedar closet.

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Still trying to decide what to do with this shelf above the fridge & Cupboard.
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