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Old 03-28-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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I'm making new roof supports from some Tiki torches I found at Lowes.

This is one of the new supports:

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And this is what the old ones look like:

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I stole the "cage" section of some Lowes Tiki torches and welded them to a new base plate. My first welding project!

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I made careful measurements before removing the old supports, which was a good thing: the two verticals are slightly different lengths. (The back one is almost 1/4" longer!)
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:14 PM   #2
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And there is the new counter top! It's Formica laminate on top of some 1/4" birch plywood with some trim I concocted. Using 1/4" birch ply kept the weight for the new counter way down.


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Old 03-28-2009, 04:25 PM   #3
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I got some single flatware drawer trays from Target or Wally and cable-tied them between the two Scamp supports so they were doing double duty. I put my often-used stuf, like spoons, pocket knife, pens, etc., in the trays -- I can reach them while standing or in my bed across the back.

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Old 03-28-2009, 06:46 PM   #4
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Leave it to Peter (and Lynn) to come up with something so totally cool. I'd look at Tiki torches and say.. humm don't need 'em. Peter looks at them and thinks outside the box!

Now, aren't you guys glad you bought an old trailer to spiff up AND, I am being facetious!
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:07 PM   #5
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Peter (and Lynn)

I LOVE the look of the new supports.

Now.... how can we integrate some LED lighting into them. (just kidding ... I think)
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:14 PM   #6
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LOVE IT! NICE WORK! Those new supports are sure nicer looking than the old ones. I love your origionality. Wonder what other ideas you have, Hmmmmmmm :-)
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Really nice! What an improvement! I love to see creative new ideas like this.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:27 PM   #8
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Very nice! I like how you balanced the ornate windings of the torches by turning one up and one down. The wood bullnose is nice on the countertops, too. I've done the same thing in home kitchens & baths to cut down on weight of material with solid surface material.
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Old 03-29-2009, 01:58 AM   #9
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Hi Peter & Lynn! Wow, what a terrific idea. We have wondered now & again about changing the boring factory supports in our Scamp 13, but never got further than thinking about it. Like Donna, I'd have scooted right by the Tiki torch sections with nary a thought to use them differently. New counter upgrade is super too. We continue to be inspired by your creativity. Thanx for posting. Take care, L 'n D
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Our Boler did not come with cabinet supports. I have been contemplating adding something. I really like what you have done.
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Looks great!!
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Peter (and Lynn)

I LOVE the look of the new supports.

Now.... how can we integrate some LED lighting into them. (just kidding ... I think)
now that you say that... a flame shaped light bulb, lite up in side those cages would really look good.

or better yet.. just mount a small candle in there.. you know the kind that sits in a little metal can. or even a minature wick Tiki small can with wick out the top.
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now that you say that... a flame shaped light bulb, lite up in side those cages would really look good.

or better yet.. just mount a small candle in there.. you know the kind that sits in a little metal can. or even a minature wick Tiki small can with wick out the top.
(Chuckle) Y'know I have seen little tea-candle-sized LED flicker lights for haloween pumpkins and the like . . .
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Peter, I love the inventiveness of all you've done. Those look really nice, I've admired those tiki torches at Lowes before.
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