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Old 06-19-2008, 11:48 PM   #1
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Hello all. This is my first thread/ post so I apologize if this isn't the proper forum or if I could've found my answer with the search engine. I've had a '74 Boler for a few years now and have finally decided to attempt some mods. Nothing crazy, but the big one is putting in a front dinette with the two little seats (similar to several I've seen on here... very cool).

My question for now regards the aluminum table trim that came stock on my full sized table (and many, many RV tables back in the day). I'm making my own table and would like to use the same grooved aluminum trim. Is this something that can be picked up at an RV centre or is there somewhere else I should go? I'm in Calgary.

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Old 06-20-2008, 12:13 AM   #2
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Hi, and welcome Kevin. You did just fine with your thread placement.

I can't help much. I don't think I have ever seen that stuff in a store, but you might try some vintage RV supply places.

Here is a list of sources from our Helpful links section.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:15 PM   #3
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Check out Diamond RV in the northeast its on Sunridge Blvd, thats where I went when I was doing all my renos. They have lots of parts and will get anything in that you want out of the parts catalog http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/catalo...?dealerId=1392

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Old 06-20-2008, 10:09 PM   #4
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Kevin, i just redid the tables and countertop in my Trillium, and found l-shaped trim that fits nicely over the edge of a piece of 3/4" ply. I had put a Formica reproduction pattern laminate on the top, so wanted the vintage look.

Found the trim at Home Depot, but also found a source in Coquitlam for the more traditional t-shaped trim (you need to router a groove to apply this stuff). http://www.supersites.ca/martinsfurniture1949/homepage/ . The stuff from home depot has one leg that is about 1/4" long, and the other about 7/8" long.


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To apply the trim, I countersunk screws approx 6" apart. The aluminum trim is pretty easy to bend so long as your radius' aren't too tight. Trailer is in the shop right now having new brakes put on, but can post a pic of the final product when it comes back home, if you are interested in seeing how the countersunk screws look. Attached are pics of the sample pieces i have been using for decor.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:46 AM   #5
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Here's another source.

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/Extrusions_s/64.htm
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:06 PM   #6
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I looked at this as an option, but they don't ship any of the aluminum extrusions to Canada due to their size + shape -- you can't roll them up into a coil, they come as an 8 foot length.
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:05 PM   #7
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Wow, thanks so much for the tips. I'll check out the trim at Home Depot and go from there.

I started the mods this past weekend to varying levels of success. I've never done anything like this so it's been an adventure. I'm hoping at the very least to have a functional front dinette (if not finished) for the upcoming long weekend. I'll probably have more questions as I go.

I should also add that this site has been fantastic for me. There are so many good ideas and projects. I had considered hiring someone to do the work for me but thanks to many of you I've forged ahead on my own.
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:08 PM   #8
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I remember seeing some at "Totem Building Supplies" a few years back - might be worth a try.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:51 PM   #9
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I should also add that this site has been fantastic for me. There are so many good ideas and projects. I had considered hiring someone to do the work for me but thanks to many of you I've forged ahead on my own.
Glad to hear it Kevin! There are a lot of helpful people here, all you need to do is ask... and someone is sure to answer up.

Remember too, there are sometimes multiple ways to accomplish the same or similar thing. For instance, I remember the metal trim on tables from the 50s as being difficult to clean the crumbs off the table... they were always hanging up on that dang lip. You may want to consider real wood trim that comes in a roll with a sticky back. Just lay it on the edge and use a burnishing tool (like a plastic spoon and your thumb in the bowl part) to press firmly. That stuff will stick forever! Just an idea.

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Old 06-25-2008, 02:03 PM   #10
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To apply the trim, I countersunk screws approx 6" apart. The aluminum trim is pretty easy to bend so long as your radius' aren't too tight. Trailer is in the shop right now having new brakes put on, but can post a pic of the final product when it comes back home, if you are interested in seeing how the countersunk screws look. Attached are pics of the sample pieces i have been using for decor.
Janice, that'd be great if you could post a pic of the finished table. It sounds like a straightforward operation but it's always nice to see pics of other peoples work.

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Old 06-25-2008, 04:34 PM   #11
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Janice, that'd be great if you could post a pic of the finished table. It sounds like a straightforward operation but it's always nice to see pics of other peoples work.

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Kevin, will get pics up for you as soon as the trillium comes back home -- we decided to also have new brakes installed while it was in for the awning, so is in the shop a bit longer than we anticipated.

For the counters and tables, i put the laminate on myself with contact cement, and then applied the trim before i put the countertop back in the trailer. It goes easier if you drill the holes before the trim is bent. You will need to drill a hole in the aluminum trim big enough for the screw to go through -- i found it easiest to start with a smaller drill bit (1/16") and then go up to 9/64" to accomodate a #6 screw (about 3/4" long). I just started at one end, and drilled pilot holes in the plywood as i went, putting some of the screws in temporarily. i did most of countersink drilling while it was flat also, but did a few with the trim secured onto the counter. If you need more than one piece for a larger table, just pick your join point strategically, and butt the pieces up -- i got a fairly clean cut with a hacksaw, and just cleaned it up with a sanding block. you can also run a bead of construction adhesive along the inside edge if you are really worried about it sticking

One word of advice, would be to cut your aluminum trim a bit longer than you anticipate, as you can always trim it off at the end.
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Kevin, just got the trailer back from the shop, so have attached some pics of the interior pieces I used the aluminum trim for. I ordered 2 sheets of Formica reproduction laminate, and have done the front/back dinette, the counter, the counter extension, backsplash, and the fridge panel. I also have plans to add laminate to the veneer panels on the walls behind the tables, and make a continuous strip around the exterior door.
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Looks very nice!
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:34 PM   #14
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Hi Janice,

Wonderful work on the aluminum trim - inspired me to think similarly for our 5500 (has the original factory plastic stuff that will NOT stay attached). I believe you found the trim at Home Depot - do you remember which dept? When I asked about similar here, the staff looked at me as if I had grown a second head...

Is the flip up counter to the side of the sink original? My 1300 had something very similar but our 5500 does not (would be quite simple to buld however) - just curious visa-vie the other threads going with individual 5500 differences...
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