Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 14, 2012 10:29:07 GMT -5
You are making really great progress on this. Wish I could say that I was on mine *sigh*. That pole you have is neat. I saw those I think on Amazon. I decided that when I put a couple in the 56 just to make sure the ceiling stayed stable, I grabbed some turn crank awning poles I had and used those LOL! Did the trick (;
Post by schweetcruisers on May 17, 2012 16:45:25 GMT -5
I liked the detail so much I had them custom milled out of solid Birch at a local lumber yard. I'll take a picture of the moulding tomorrow when I am back at my shop. It wasn't cheep but I think it will be worth it!
Man it looks great! you made many of the same construction decisions that I did, solid wood in the rear and where the wings go, cross beams that go to the outer walls, smart man! I think I see where you are going with notching the beams, last layer of wrapping goes over the beams? I like it.
So I have a question, I see you are going back to be close to the original layout, but are you putting a toilet in the rear corner or do you have some other plan there? Looks like the bed/couch is goiing back where it was along the rear curbside wall?
If you can get the equiment I suggest spraying the inside, that is what I did. Cover the floor and squirt the whole inside. Three coats, light sand between each. Its a S-load of work and you will walk out of the trailer feeling like a giant post-it not, but it leaves a smooth finish and is faster than brushing. WEAR COVERALLS with a hood and and GLASSES! ..... I didnt and I paid for it.
Your cabinet work and the round corners, what can I say... a tip of the cap to you my firend/
Last Edit: May 21, 2012 7:16:53 GMT -5 by tylerbes
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 21, 2012 8:11:56 GMT -5
I so wish I lived next door to you so I could come over and watch you work! No kidding, I'd probably learn a ton. You are making this look SO easy and I'm just staring at our 56 that is half torn up thinking (well, actually praying) "please let this restore project go smoothly".
Post by schweetcruisers on May 21, 2012 20:54:26 GMT -5
Bo and Susan,Thanks again for all the kind words!
Tyler, you are correct sir, about the the rabbited roof bows, I am going to make the last layer of ply wrap over and lock the whole thing together. The old toilet is now going to be a closet. both my wife and I fly fish so I figure it going to be a great rod and gear storage! My layout is pretty similar to the original, I took all the design details I liked from all the trailers and combining them, my goal is for a purest to look at it and think did Shasta build this!
Kel, I Build cabinets for a living but this thing is throwing me for many loops, first of all its hard to build stuff for weight! I have built full kitchens in less time then building these cabinets! Next I have learned I hate gimp, if I ever do another I will avoid gimp at all cost! I have checked out the runabout rebuild, if you ever have any questions let me know, I will try to help!
Vikx, I'll be needing you soon, coming to the electrical!?!
Here's today progress, I got the upper kitchen cabs built and the side wall of the rear closet.
I avoided the Gimp by building the cabinets in first, left them a hair long and belt sanded them to size to match the camper curve.... the roof then nails tight on it with no seam. I think its really the only way to get a nice tight seam.
It may have been a PIA but I think that it does add a nice touch of detail to your cabinets.
Building for weight is strange I agree... I Still feel like I could/should have done more to keep the wieght down.
Love the work, and I can tell you are a cabinet maker. These are going up WAY too fast for a first time cabinet builder
Post by schweetcruisers on May 26, 2012 19:28:06 GMT -5
I told you I had a trick up my sleeve for the nightstand, I incorporated into the wall of the closet, I am going to put a outlet into the base to charge phones!
Other than rebuilding the nightstand I took care of a lot of punch list items today like nailing the ceiling birch to the roof bows with twist nails, and attaching the rear bed to the wall! Lots of sanding tomorrow!
I must say sweetcruisers, you are doing an awesome job. I didn't have to do nearly the amount of face framing that you did and I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship that went into your project. I'll be interested to see the finished product. Ins dentally, I didn't use any gimp or welting on mine. I did have to cut some birch strips to make some of the factory edges on the birch look finished but that was it.
Post by schweetcruisers on May 28, 2012 21:51:26 GMT -5
Thanks chuck, I could have done it without the gimp, I just wanted that detail, thought it would add to the vintage charm! After gimping everything, I think it may be quicker to just sand to fit! Did you notce the wavy cabinet? Thanks again for the template!
OK, so today I was working with gimp. The upholstery shop sold me some skinnier welting; it is very difficult to attach with a 3/8 tail. How are you all attaching the gimp? I'm using nails and a hand stapler. Annoying. Looks good when done, but d*mn...
Post by schweetcruisers on May 30, 2012 9:55:34 GMT -5
I never tried nails, although I did use a Arrow hand stapler with 1/4" (legs) to attach the stuff on the walls. What I am now using is a fine wire upholstry stapler, it uses a 23ga 3/16" crown, 5/8" leg staple. I have to hold it at slight angle to avoid shooting through the gimp but it's much quicker and I don't have to go back and set the staples like I did with the arrow.