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Old 05-23-2012, 02:45 PM   #15
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sorry forgot photos

sorry forgot photos. Here they are
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:07 PM   #16
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Being a practical man I started about 8 or 9 different separate projects at the same time, presently all in different stages of completion, ran out and made some purchases, and then made a plan. Yep in that order
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Now that's what I'm talking about

Another nice thing about these forums is we learn we are not alone In our brilliant plans. LOL

Whew!

Keep up the great work....
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:08 PM   #17
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shiny pretty things

Thank you for the encouragement Jimbo, I always like to live by the Hunter S Thompson quote
“ when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”

So I was at Princess Auto looking at all the shiny pretty things and I saw these stainless steel bowls along with some stainless steel doggy dishes. I bought one of the larger ones to replace my sink.
I have an avocado sink and stove top but the avocado colour will not fit the color scheme I am planning for the interior. Stainless steel works well, and I was having trouble finding a stainless steel sink that did not look cheap. The bowl looks very cool, and on the way home I stopped by Habitat for Humanity Reclaim centre and picked up a sink drain connector.

Abandoning all my other boler projects for a couple of hours I worked on making the bowl work as my new sink. After checking to see if the bowl would fit the kitchen cabinet I marked out where fibreglass had to be removed and where it had to be added. After cutting out the top where needed, I fiber glassed the corners where the square sink used to sit.

Then I started on the bowl by cutting out a hole n the centre for the drain fitting. I had to do a little MacGyvering to make everything fit tight. I used butyl tape to seal the drain.

I think it turned out pretty cool. Aside for the time spent, the sink (bowl) and plumbing ran me about 15.00 total. The stove top I will paint silver or MacGyver some stainless steel to work.
As long as I was fibre glassing the top of the cabinets I thought I would also fill in the bottom of the opening where the fridge used to be located. I am building a high efficient ice box/cooler which I will get to later, but the plan means that I need to fill in the bottom half of the opening

Being lazy by nature, I thought I could save some refinishing work and some fibre glassing work by cutting a square piece of unneeded fibre glass left over from my front Dinette conversion. I taped the piece in place and fibre glassed the panel in place from the inside. A tricked I learned from a boat building site where they recommended that anytime one can , they should do the repairs from the inside as it cuts down on the refinishing work.

My thinking was that the fibre glass would hold it in place and I would smooth and finish the edges, and most of the area would be smooth with the gel coat in place.

We will see how this works. I am feeling confident but often I am when things start going sideways.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #18
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looks good, i am actually headed to the rehab store this afternoon, love what you can stumble across there. . .its raining in so cal, kind of a bummer for a weekend i was planning a trip to the junk yard and lots of tinkering on my trailer. .
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #19
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Cool! I love creative uses for other things, especially when they are cheaper. I often walk through stores slowly just trying to figure out how to do something in a different way, especially when it is cheaper and if possible, eco-friendly. We are currently redoing our kitchen. It has ugly European cabinets, so I searched online for hours and found ideas that we incorporated. Instead of ripping them out and replacing them like they do on countless HGTV episodes (except for a couple where they did similar things), very simply put, we are cutting off the oak pulls that can be dangerous to use when the cabinet door sticks, stuffing them, sanding them, and covering the edges with birch veneer in a Shaker style.

On the camper, I took ideas for extending the counter, gave them to hubby, and he engineered a cupboard extension out of cheap Walmart cutting boards.

Following this thread with interest. Hey, want to know how to turn your cabinet doors into a Shaker style? I can tell you.

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Love, love, love it! I guess I have no imagination... I see a dog bowl... and it's a dog bowl. The other fabulous "MacGyvering" I've seen is where peterh (and Lynn) took metal Tiki torches and changed the supports from the lower to upper cabinets with those.

Good for you!
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:05 AM   #21
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cindy I would love to know how to turn cabenets into shaker style, and i do not think i am alone. I think Shaker architecture and furnature is absolutely stunning.

The tiki torch support is Brilliant I am glad you mentionrd it Donna. I was in boston pizza the other day and was thinking of how to adapt their zig zag coat hook/stand for a support. It has kind of a cool Dr suss look that would go with the interior I am planning.

I ll watch for the shaker post,
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Bear in mind, these are our kitchen cabinets, not our camper cabinets. They are Eurostyle with an ugly and dangerous oak pull at the bottom. Kevin used the table saw to take that off and sanded it down. Then the melamine was sanded down and filled with Bondo. An edging made of thin ash veneer (Hardwood trim, woodworking hand tools, and more - Constantines.com - 1/16" Thick Veneers) was cut into almost 3 inch strips. Of course for camper cabinets, it would need to be thinner, just like it will need to be when we do the drawers in the kitchen. Then we glued them onto the holes, sanded it down a final time and painted it with primer. We are deciding on the color right now. The image is a before and after minus the final paint. This is primed.

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Old 05-31-2012, 03:34 AM   #23
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brilliant Cindy, That is very cool. I might try that on my kitchen at home.
it is scheduled for a rehab in the next year or two.

I wish I had seen it before I did my boler cupboards. I kinda went all over the place and have a few of my cupboards done already even though I did not finish the furniture yet. I'll try to take a pic and post them in the next day or so.

A while back I got the foam cut for the cushions. I got lucky and got some leftover pieces that worked on sale, I did have to get the two largest cushions cut custom which pushed the price up. It is very good quality foam and it ran me a little under two hundred.

A side note they cut the larger cushions too short but fixed them for free as i gave them the specs on paper. What they did was glue a piece of foam on to the foam that was short cut. It worked so good that if I was doing it again I would go through the leftover cpieces and get what I needec and some foam cement. A lot cheaper if you are on a tight budget. Also I saw some seals and edging that will work for the door there. So through in upholstery shops as another place to find obscure seals to fit a boler, ( even had sex bolts too)

Then I asked my mom to sew the covers, and she was able to. I am very thankful she could help my out. The covers are charcoal because i wanted a colour that was a little muted as I am going top paint the furniture red.

Anyway I have attached some photos as well as a photo of my princess auto doggydish bowl turned sink. I think it is going to turn out pretty good,

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Wow, rocks in the cupboard. Reminds me of the Long, long trailer.
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Wow, rocks in the cupboard. Reminds me of the Long, long trailer.
Boy did we just date ourselves or what?

It's funny when I see the new shiny sink set in the under construction cabinet I don't feel so weird. There is just something encouraging about seeing one part of our "vison" for the future in place.

Can't wait to see the finished job, looks really neat so far.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:21 PM   #26
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Looking good so far Hue. Just a couple questions i have. First, i see your from the great province of saskatchewan and so im i. so i was wondering what place you got your fantastic fan from you had said locally. Second were did you get the cushions cut you had also said they had trim for the door and stuff were is that? Third and this is quite important part to me is the materials you used in covering up the fridge hole. I see you used bondo and stuff but what else did you use.
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everything is looking wonderful, hue!!!! keep adding photo updates...i'm following right along.
you are doing a great job.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:01 PM   #28
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I got the Fantastic Fan from the RV Superstore in Saskatoon, down the street from Wholesale Sports. They had a lot of stuff that I found handy like Butyl Tape, pedestal tables legs, all kinds of shiny pretty things. I liked them because they had a lot of their inventory on shelves, so I could walk around and get ideas.

Century Textile is where I picked up the foam and is where I saw the trim, they are located on Ave C.

I decided to change the bunks in the front to a dinette which could convert into a single bed. Not being the best of craftsmen I decide to try to use some of the fibre glass front bench as part of the dinette seats. On one side I am putting a portapody hidden under a seat. The other side will be a built in cooler with top access through the seat which will run through into the lower kitchen cabinet where the fridge used to be where there will be additional access through the top side.

So with all this major modification I had parts of the old bench sheet left. Whenever I had a need for a flat or curved piece of Fibreglass I would cut a piece and fibre glass it in place. This was important for me because I am better at fixing things that creating them from scratch.

So what you see is a piece of the bench fibreglassed into the opening, and then I bondo’d it until it was smooth. My thought was to save some time and effort by taking advantage of the already flat finished surface. I am not sure if it worked to my favour or not. I also cut some triangle shapes and tabbed them into the overhead cabinets as dividers to keep things from sliding from one end of the cupboard to the other. Definitely worked to my favour in the manufacturing process

Its a shame and no small irony that I am getting better at working with fibreglass, its likely that by the time I get half decent at it the trailer will be finished and I won’t have to fibreglass anything else. My altime favorite fibreglass is called Bondo Hair- kinda like bondo but with a lot of fibre in it . kind of goes on like stringy bondo but it is very very strong structurally. I’ve been using it like Ductape.

For the bench with the hidden toilet I used wood, but I want all the furniture to look like painted fibreglass. What I decided to do was to put a light coat of bondo over the wood, to fill all the grain. The jury is out until I paint them this coming week as to how well it worked. The cooler seat is a hybrid half fibreglass and half wood, again I want it to look like fibreglass.
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