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Old 05-31-2011, 03:43 PM   #881
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Got the galley counter top almost done as well. Just need to router a couple more edges and in she goes. I wanted formica in some kind of powder blue color. The only one we could find with any blue at all was the vintage Boomerang, but she who must be obeyed nixed that idea. Would up with this and I can't remember the name. It's supposed to look like marble.

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:29 AM   #882
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It looks great Jim.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:25 AM   #883
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Hey Jm
good thing you restored one of the larger coaches looks like you'll need it!!!! Congrats on all those beautiful grandbabies, and still managing to make progress on the trailer.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:36 PM   #884
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Excuses, Excuses. Finally started back after weeks and weeks. So now I have 47 projects not complete. This first pic is of the floor in front of the doorway. I didn't have enough vinyl to go all the way to the door opening, so I did the next best thing--spent some more money! But seriously, wanted a few square feet of wood flooring somewhere and this was the logical spot. Not quite done yet, tho. Oh yeah, it's hickory.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:42 PM   #885
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Next up is the faucet. I almost had a stroke pricing these things. Would you believe $107 for this? Susan talked me into buying it because "I" would be happy with the cheap ones. Right oh. It is a cool faucet, tho.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:46 PM   #886
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The counter top is more or less complete. I tried to cut a piece of the formica laminate to go inside the silver trim on the edge, but it broke making that 90 degree turn every time. Gotta come up with something to cover that.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:52 PM   #887
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Here is my solution to the table leg thing. Standard collapsible legs that can be removed to put the top down to make a big ol' bed. Cost for all the pieces-parts was about $60 at the local RV place. (actually, the next county over because there are no more RV places in county--all gone now because of the economy).
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:05 PM   #888
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Jim:

Wow!!!! It is looking good. Susan wanted you to have a nice kitchen faucet so it would make it easier for you to do the dishes. Ha Ha

I am liking the table and the seats. Real snazzy!

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Old 07-29-2011, 09:39 PM   #889
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So here's a question for all you wood-turners out there. We actually use the camper even tho it's not finished. The table, when down in the bed position with folks sleeping on it, has a tendency to chip the edges on the top of the table. What can I do to prevent this? Best idea I can come with is to place a piece of hardwood trim right on the tabletop. Any other idea?

Cushions are to be delivered about mid-August. Susan and I are pretty happy with the cloth we picked out. Total cost is going to come in around $850 for those. About half the price we were quoted last year by another vendor.
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:42 AM   #890
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Maybe use aluminum edging?

Hi Jim,

Maybe your table solution might be to use some sort of aluminum T molding. I found the really cool - and retro - looking polished aluminum edging that is rippled at Outwater Plastics. Check out the following catalog page:

Outwater Catalogs - 2010 Master - page 19

The attached photos show what it looks like on the front edge of my bathroom counter top and on the kitchen counter. Notice that I also am using the Formica brand boomerang pattern on my top. I don't yet have a table though.

If you are trying to get Formica to bend around a corner try heating it up. I think that is how it can be formed around a tight corner. I am not sure how hot so you might need to experiment some.

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Looking good!

hey, question for you guys that replaced 70's bulkheads w/ real wood:
what did you do about the bathroom?
I was thinking of replacing w/ birch ply, and attaching laminate to the backside for the bathroom area. (back side of the wall forms a shower wall, so it needs to be waterproof).
I'm told on another thread that if you only laminate one side of a thin sheet of plywood, it'll warp. need to do both sides to balance the sheet.
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Agree with Malconium, try a heat gun on the formika to make it bend. Test on a piece of scrap first though, sounds like you have some broken bits to use for that now.

The progress looks great, and I'm a cheap bastage but I actually agree with your wife, go high-end on the faucets. Cheap ones don't last long even in a home installation, and the RV application is even tougher on them.

Keep it up!
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:48 PM   #893
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Thanks for the complements, boys. Trying to get out there today to nail down a few things but man, is it HOT outside!

Malcolm, your counter looks great. Thanks for posting the pic, gives me a couple of ideas about how to strengthen mine up a bit.

Chuck, in my camper, the wall behind the bathtub in the Overlander is just as you are describing. Tub on one side, open on the other. I suspect the difference between mine and yours is that I have a pocket door that closes into that wall section. So only the tub side needs to have a "finished" look to it because there is a separate bulkhead in front of the pocket door. Make sense? I actually reused the old wall section next to the tub. This was the only piece of the old walls that I kept. Why? Because I didn't like any of the replacement sheets of material I was finding in the hardware/home stores. Homie D's and Lowe's have this stuff in stock, but the only patterns I could find here locally were really cheesy looking. Think cheap hotel/gas station kinda stuff.

I've seen posts here on the forums that show some better looking material, but of course didn't save any of them. Maybe somebody will fill in the blanks.

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I have the pocket door, too. (or, "semi-pocket door?).
it slides into the closet. The curbside corner of the trailer is this closet. (you can see it in my gallery pics..left of the potty). That is finished in plain white laminate, too, as is the bathroom side of the pocket door panel. Both bulkheads have the same finish; when the pocket door is closed, you can see the back side of the curb-side bulkhead, so it would look strange if it wasn't also formica-finished.
You can see the shower wall here in this pic. and in the lower right corner, you can see the door/trim in fake dark wood, and a teeny bit of the street side bunk.


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Hey Jim, keep up the great work.....as far as your table edge...maybe you could router a small radius and sand it, that may solve the chip'n but not a fancy finish.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:04 PM   #896
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Couch is done.
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Not quite Airstream Blue, but we like it.
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And with the table top.
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Dig the wrap around couch!
Yeah, me too.

A belated congrats on your "population explosion". Good thing that couch turned bed can sleep a whole mess of grand kids!
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