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Old 02-02-2015, 01:20 AM   #1
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Trillium 13' Queen Bed

Well I'm committed now. I have started to cut fibreglass.
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It didn't take long to realize that the best way to cut the fibre glass is with the vibration cutter, $39 from Princes Auto. It cuts quickly and it is easy to cut straight if you clamp a piece of angle iron on the cutting line and use it as a tool guide. I tried a jigsaw, a disk grinder with a thin abrasion disk and various hand saws and the vibration tool is the clear winner.
There are actually 2 ways to fit a Queen:
1. Remove the closet and mount the mattress longitudinally as it is 59" from the kitchen to the curb wall and a Queen is 60" wide. I am 5' 7" and it is 5' 9" from the back wall to the door opening, so it would be a short Queen 59" X 69". Or
2. Remove the closet (leaving the upper 20" as a cupboard), and leave the closet wall closest to the door, and cut away almost half of the kitchen. That gives you a lateral Queen, 60" wide by 77" long. Works for me, and that is my plan.
I will then rebuild the kitchen with a slightly smaller sink. I will post pictures as I go. I am going to build a large roll out shelf under the bed and I figure I will have actually gained storage over the original configuration. The only loss is in the width of the kitchen and we usually cook outside anyway.


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Old 02-02-2015, 06:12 AM   #2
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:04 PM   #3
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I'm in the Westshore of Vic and want to do the same thing and I have an idea that might inspire I would love to see your handy work. Can we meet up?
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Hey Evenweight, absolutely. I'm in Maple Bay, how do I reach you?


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i sent a pm did you get it?
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:45 PM   #6
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i sent a pm did you get it?

I didn't so I sent you one.


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Old 02-08-2015, 10:40 PM   #7
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The Queen bed is getting closer to reality.
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It is enjoyable work.


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Hi dleverton and evenweight it would be great to see both of you at our Bolerama in Nanaimo, June 26th to 28, 2015 at Living Forest Campground. It would be great to have more Trilliums present. If you want more info email me or check out the Island Bolers and friends Facebook page.
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Thank You Claire, I have put it in my calendar.



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waiting to see at will be great
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Unhappy Cutting fiberglass

I don't want rain on your parade, but it is my understanding that all the internal fiberglass structure of a Trillium is just that, structural. Removing parts will weaken the structure.

The closet and the backsplash/stove/overhead cabinets support the roof.

The seats in the corners are not just conveniences, but stiffeners for the corners.

Scamp places the supports at the bed end of their "kitchen" for a reason. Nothing in any of these eggs are superficial, they all have a purpose, sometimes multiple purposes.

Cut at your peril.
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you can still make some support i know nyou can
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Hey Roger. Thanks for your comments and concern.
I was initially quite concerned as well as what you say is absolutely true; it is an integrated structure.
I solicited advice from a number of people on this site who have made similar and even more radical changes. They in most cases compensated for the removal of some of the internal structure, with additional stiffeners. Before any cutting I made a number of measurements to determine a baseline for the structures rigidity laterally and torsionally, and have been repeating those measurements as changes are made. I am prepared to add additional stiffening in the form of laminated beams as needed. I left one wall of the closet intact, and the kitchen while now shorter, still retains all of the original structure below the bed level and above bed level have added a wooden structure to support lateral stiffness. My sense is that I am pretty close to the original stiffness at this point. Pictures to follow.


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Current state of project.
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