Lightweight Counter top in our Trillium - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-23-2016, 03:16 PM   #1
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Lightweight Counter top in our Trillium

I was looking for a light weight counter top and decided to DIM (do it myself) since there were not many options out there. I got a 2ft x 4ft piece of birch plywood and made it. This worked out nice since we do zero cooking indoors when we are camping. I even had Lowes do most of the cuts. Thought I would post some pictures even though our camper isn't quite done yet.
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Old 07-23-2016, 04:03 PM   #2
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Very nice. Any plans to make a new table top as well, so they match, or will the table be use as a bed most of the time?

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Old 07-23-2016, 04:14 PM   #3
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Thanks! Actually, there are plans to renovate the table. I want to make it about half the size with the ability to flip it open to full size. Do you know if anyone has done that? If so, are there plans for it?
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Old 07-23-2016, 04:21 PM   #4
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I cut the table in my tent trailer into 1/3 and 2/3 so that I could flip up one side to access the rear bed without climbing over the benches.
I attached the pieces with a piano hinge that ran the length of the table.
Great idea, except that the 1/3 side sagged, even if you didn't lean on it.
I planned to employ some sort of support underneath the table, but ended up selling the trailer, so it wasn't my problem anymore.
You will have the additional problem that that table is also a bed and will have the full weight of one or two people on it.
I suggest you not compromise the table/bed by cutting it.
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:41 AM   #5
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Love the birch ply. Everything wood in my
Burro is birch. If you do decide to do your doors
go with the birch!
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:20 AM   #6
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We had some nice scraps of marine plywood left over after redoing the floor. it has a lovely grain pattern (and on one side, had a little heart) that looks like the sand at the beach when the water has freshly etched it. The edges are without voids and look like wafer cookies with the little layers. We cut out a piece to fit our cabinet top (we only do microwave cooking inside the trailer), rounded the corners slightly, gave it a light stain, and sealed it with countertop sealer.

We like it a lot. Some have enjoyed the grain pattern.

Honor the wood -- and we've never honored wood more than that marine ply--priciest ply we've ever bought! LOVELY stuff.

Your birch is lovely, too.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:29 PM   #7
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The deluxe model of the Trillium 4500 had a leaf in it. This allowed the table to be shortened, allowing much easier access. The leaf was still required to convert the dinette to a bed.

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