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Old 04-16-2021, 11:51 AM   #141
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Good investigation and successful outcome. Looks great!

I agree that the kitchen cabinet supports (along with the closet on the opposite side) are essential for supporting the roof. I had a Boler 13 with the kitchen cabinet support, and the roof was still fairly symmetrical after 40 years.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:09 PM   #142
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I'm nervous about the new pressures of supporting the roof with just the fiberglass. I decided to reinforce the base cabinet and the upper cabinet with plywood.
I also have a strip of cabinet-grade ply to add to the front bottom edge of the upper cabinet. Even the gentle slow lifting of the cabinet created pressure cracks in the fiberglass. I'm hoping a little support will strengthen the cabinet.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:10 PM   #143
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Nice job Jay. I too have constantly made modification and improvements to my original plans for our custom Boler interior. Just finished some plumbing changes and a pump upgrade 2 weeks ago for our shower as well as some modifications to my concealed air conditioner. Now I am working on the upgrading the shore plug and modifying our permanent bed so we can have a U shaped bench and a round dinette table. Also planning a drop down counter top over our son's bunk/bench so we can have a counter when its not used as a bed or bench. After these upgrades I have a 16' Casita that I am going to widen to 8', add 6" of height and 6' of length to the body along with a new custom frame. If it all works out I may use that one as a plug to make more from a mold.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:12 PM   #144
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Hi John, Thanks for the feedback. It's a bigger task than just putting in posts but I am already really happy to see my roof flat!
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:16 PM   #145
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Hi Johnny,
I enjoy working on my trailer too, just like you. It is a good way to keep busy!
Nice to hear from you again!
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:22 PM   #146
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I agree that you need to consider the stress on the cabinets when installing supports. Your idea of reinforcing the back side of the cabinets is a good solution.

In my 1974 Boler 13, the kitchen cabinet support was actually bolted into the side of the base cabinet thus avoiding stress on the countertop.
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:20 PM   #147
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Thanks for that info John! I Did not know that. I considered putting a rabbet onto the bottom of the support but decided to flush mount it.

In fact, since we have never used our sink or taps I have removed all of them and I am making up a wooden counter top for the base cabinet. I will flush mount both the left side and right side supports to the new counter top. I don't want to add a whole lot of weight but I would like to make a nice study support and cabinet set up.

I sure appreciate the insight.
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Old 04-18-2021, 03:21 PM   #148
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I used PL Premium to glue the pieces of plywood to the cabinet sides. I did the same in the upper cupboard. A project like this reminds me that I don't have enough small and medium clamps!
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Old 04-30-2021, 06:34 AM   #149
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The last week or so I've been busy working on a new counter top for the kitchen. We decided that if we were going to add supports then we might as well go ahead with removing the sink and putting in a new surface. I took an old maple dining room table apart thinking it would be a quick process of removing the leaf and gluing the two ends together. I ended up at my neighbours cabinet-making shop to use his jointer. We discovered though that the whole table was warped from years in the basement!
Scott is a great guy though, he ripped up and glued the whole table and by the next day we had it trimmed to size. It is so great to have a friend with a professional woodworking shop.
Of course the fiberglass cabinet isn't really square so it took me a bit to add the skirt, again I used every clamp in my shop. Scott said I could borrow some from his wall of clamps but I made do.
Since I removed the sink we decided to install a drawer on the left side of the cabinet. I already have a false drawer front attached, I'm now in the process of making it a real one. Hoping to get that finished up today.
Unfortunately, when I lifted the upper cupboard, the angles changed and my original maple doors no longer fit. They are too tall now and they hang crooked. They both sag towards the centre. I'm still pondering that solution.
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