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Old 05-27-2012, 11:06 PM   #171
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Excellent way to scribe the ceiling curve!
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:54 AM   #172
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Great video on wall curve. Not all skoolies have walls that are straight up and down. for example, my thomas walls angle in around1 1/2 in at the top on the sides.

An -well sorta hard - way to have bus floor level and square when one is starting off with the interior wall uprights near the bus center, is to block the bus up and use at least 4' levels to make sure the floor is level both ways. Then you can use a square against the floor and the upright to know that the board is in the right position and not too close or too far away from the exterior wall at the top. I have done this on a coach bus with one of my friends, and my current one. This is also necessary when you cut the top off the bus when raising the roof up.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #173
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chev49,

When you block up the bus and make everything square and level then build your interior wall, then you let the bus down on the tires and springs does that make things buckle or seperate when you drive down the road?
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:54 PM   #174
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Today I started making the couch. It's going to double as a place to sleep for guests, so it is 6'6" long and the seat is 24" deep. The seat platform is attached to the frame, but the bottom will remain open so stuff can be slid underneath. However, the back is hinged to swing forward so TV-trays can be slid behind the seat.


There is 12" of clearance from the floor to the bottom of the frame. I hope to swap out the block legs tomorrow for these 15" fancy legs that will be cut to size:

This, plus the cushions, will make it a little too tall for me to sit comfortably for long periods of time. But I typically "lounge" or sit "indian style" on a couch this deep/tall, so I expect it will be comfortable enough.

Other upgrades planned:
  • add a fancy chair-rail to the plain wooden frame in front;[/*:m:352m6wx2]
  • custom cut a side panel on the left side that will partially cover the wheel well and create an arm-rest + keep stuff under the couch from sliding into the stairwell. ;[/*:m:352m6wx2]
  • custom skirting around the bottom to hide the stuff under the couch;[/*:m:352m6wx2]
  • add some kind of cushions to the seat and back to make it comfortable.[/*:m:352m6wx2]

Right now I'm debating whether to cut down the 4" twin mattress Walwart called 6" online, or to just clean the cushions that came with the bus and use them instead. I am leaning towards custom cushions via Walwart. Everything else is being customized, I may as well do that too.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #175
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I sure like reading your posts. I feel the same excitement that I felt when I was doing the woodwork in my bus.

It is way cool that you can fund your project and that you are highly enthused.

Go Girl!
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:07 PM   #176
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thought I would add this info:
We have had cats forever and for years we used tidy-cat and then arm an hammer etc.
We have been using this since it came out: a couple years now

It rocks!!
I highly recommend it,we have litter boxes in our sons room now ...ugh!..they were in the hall until he left for college..
this stuff is so could you don't smell the urine etc...he was even like
Give it a try it works great on cat ...ugh..feces..so should work on..ugh...human excrement's
If it sucks please post it,we have had the most excellent results
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.I am not sure if this is exactly what you are trying to achieve...just thought I would throw it out there
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:47 PM   #177
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Awesome. Thanks! I'll be sure to post results when I actually start using the, um, facilities.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:56 PM   #178
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Got a little more done tonight before I lost the light.
  • Recut and reinstalled 2 of the white 'finished' walls tonight. Only 1 more section of 'white wall' to go. [/*:m:2f9lgd6d]
  • Measured & traced the cut lines on the last board. I just couldn't see to run a saw over it with decent results.[/*:m:2f9lgd6d]
  • Cut more foam insulation and shoved it into the space along the base board level. [/*:m:2f9lgd6d]
  • And trimmed the foam mattress to fit the murphy bed box. I figured I'd go ahead and use it as a mattress instead of the couch to save some money right now. I can always change my mind again later. [/*:m:2f9lgd6d]

Tomorrow I'll cut that last wall section and start making my final decision about where to store the water tank so I can start plumbing stuff. Wherever I put the tank (in the back closest to the shower, or in the front under the sink), will determine what kind of countertops I install. If I have the tank by the sink, the countertop will have to be customized to fit both in one spot. If I put it by the shower, I'll lose some closet space. Honestly, I'm leaning towards losing the closet. I'd rather have better water pressure in the shower than at the sink.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:25 PM   #179
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I really like your floor choice! Ours is similar, but in the peel and stick variety =)
If I'd chosen a better grade of plywood for my subfloor, I may have been able to get away with peel-n-stick stuff. But alas, I was cheap and got what I paid for!

Tonight, I cut and installed the last "white wall" on the driver's side. YAY! Now I can buy the counter top and install it.

I also cut down the table legs and added them to the bottom of the couch. They look fabulous! Can't wait to add the fancy scrollwork face-board to the front and get this stained & upholstered. It's gonna be awesome!

Don't know why something as frivolous as fancy legs makes me so happy. But they just do!

I also made the final decision to install the water tank in the bottom half of the bedroom closet.

This weekend will be the beginning of my plumbing adventures. Not too sure how well I'll do with it, but I have to at least try.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:17 PM   #180
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... and for those that can watch the videos, here is a quick progress report for the end of May ...
(wow, it's already the END OF MAY! Only 3 months to go)

[flash=640,390:1ty252mv]http://www.youtube.com/v/yFYzz6ItLNY?version=3&feature=player_profilepage[/flash:1ty252mv]
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