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Old 12-06-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Leo Craft Whimsical Thingy

I've not done much with the Leo Craft since I got it, other than leak, safety and road related Repairs/Mods.

It's fall now, leading into winter, and outside work is done for the year. Some major inside work is sidestepped too, as I have to move stuff outside to do big projects..SO..nothing major is getting done there either. I will sand and stain cabinet doors, reface the cabs with knotty pine veneer, and *maybe* get around to finishing the floor (I've started .... the poor thing is sitting there, 8/10ths done)

So.. my little story..

Rummaging through a rummage store, as I often do, I found this "thing". It caught my eye immediately and sparked an idea immediately. I actually don't know what this "thing" is (possibly an ice maker drip catch) but the brass tube extending from it gave me the idea.

Here is the "thing". It cost 8 bucks..
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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I have a big old blank boring door leading to the bathroom that sits at an angle to the rest of the right angle things in the trailer. The "thing" , when the project is finished, will fit in there nicely. The location also, as a side benefit, will help with a winter bathroom issue in the mornings..

SO... I bought a jig saw and chopped a big old hole in the hollow core door..

(Pardon the unfinished look of the REST of the trailer..)
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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can anyone guess where I am going with this? Pipe right in if you can..

OK, so the "Thing"s fit is checked and aligned in the great big old hole..a little frame reinforcement in the door is added....time to do some finish work on the "thing"

First, I must buy paint..15 bucks total.
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The Stone paint goes on the frame..btw..this stuff is FANTASTIC..it dries hard and feels/looks great..
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The heat paint goes inside the box part of the "Thing"

Shown here with both parts together..black paint still a little wet..it's a flat matt when dry.
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off to the specialty shop for a fixture.. a small peice from a much larger set..price = FREE..it was from a broken set and they just gave it to me..

off to the dollar store for "enhancements" and recurring supplies for the finshed "thingy".. price..well, $1 each.

Mount it all up, touch up the trim..build the interior of the box..strike a match..

viola.. a mini fireplace.
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It's a urinal?
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A faux fire in your bathroom door?!? Well that's creative.
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The front is in the living area :-), the bulk of the box is mounted in the door, facing out toward the couch.

One must keep in mind safety issues..which I have observed. The high heat paint does a great job of keeping the back of the box cool to the touch, and the little tea candles are not placed under the brass "Pipe" chimney thingy. This "Pipe thingy" is inside the bathroom on the backside of the door.

The door is 100% shielded by the metal box and never gets even warmish. The "Pipe" chimney thingy does vent out enough heat to actually warm the bathroom a bit, but not enough to catch anything on fire that touches it. I can wrap my hand around it, lay it on top of it and feel only nice warmth. It hasn't built up heat in a couple hours straight candle burning and I am comfortable with it being safe.
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Very good.

Now oh wander lady, where in the world are you for the winter. We'll be heading south soon, Death Valley, Katherine Landing, in AZ. If we knew where you were we might be able to stop by and say "howdy".
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Correction, a REAL fire in your bathroom door. If you use scented candles it would do double duty, both heat and freshen the bathroom.
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Cool idea, I love the way your mind works...weird!!

The "thing" used to be put into a wall where the washing machine connections came out - therefore..."catch a drip".
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Wow, all you need is some faux marshmallows and a stick.
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