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Old 08-05-2011, 02:18 PM   #51
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Here you see that we have finished the front room ceiling. Also to the right you will notice the first of the upper cabinets to go in. It is above the dog bed and matches the angle configuration of the dog bed, only set in three inches shallower, giving shoulder room upon entry of the bus. This is the cabinet that I was hanging from in the pictures a few posts back.





This is a view from the front looking rearward.


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Now on to more upper cabinets. In this picture, you see an upper cabinet above the bed.

How I make these is as follows: first I measure height that I want the cabinet to be. Then I measure the width of the space.

I then cut on the table saw, that piece of plywood.

Then I mark out where the openings are to be. Then I put the blade on the table saw all the way down and set the fence according to my measurements.

I put the board against the fence, start the saw, and then crank up the saw blade, thereby plunging it into the wood from the bottom.

Then I run the cut to the mark of my layout of the opening. I repeat the process on all of the marked out openings.

Then I take a small laminate trimmer router set up with a quarter inch roundover bit and roundover the inside of the openings on the outside face.

Lastly, I use a palm sander to smooth out those roundover edges. Then will come the stain on the face frame and doors attached that are stained as well. You'll see that later.


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Old 08-05-2011, 02:25 PM   #53
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The side walls of this cabinet were tricky because they were not perpindicular to the wall. That meant a compound curve.

We measured it by cutting a piece of cardboard close to the shape and then holding it in place and taking vertical measurements every inch to come up with the final close fitting board.

We were lucky in the fact that there was room for small errors because we were able to push the wood into the carpet which is backed with that squishy foam insulation.


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Two views of the continuation of the passenger side upper cabinets.




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We move now to the insulating of the floor and installing the 3/4 inch flooring boards.

In this picture, you see that we started the floor insulation in the front room.

This is 3/4 inch stiff styrofoam board that I got at Home Depot. I just cut it to fit tight from one wall to the other.

Notice that the walls were also insulated with the same stuff. I spray glued the stuff on the wall, but just placed the floor insulation without gluing it.


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One of the metal frames that were over the front wheels.


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Here, Shawn is measuring from the first piece we put down to the instrument closet base.

We ended up keeping the metal frame that was there. It was used to support two of the car seats that were at the table.

We secured the wood to the frame by drilling holes in the metal and using sheet rock screws in to the wood from the inside.

By the way, in all the installing of the cabinets, we used the L brackets and sheet rock screws.

You have to make sure that your screws are not too long or you will pierce the outside of the wood, leaving a hole that you can not hide.


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And another piece goes down.


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Here is a message from me. I am going from the past into the present.

As you will discover in later posts, I have moved from Tennessee to Missouri.

Last night, there were very loud thunderstorms here. Much rain and much thunder. My dog, Buddy, barks loudly at every thunder noise. Needless to say, I got very little sleep last night.

This evening, I am going to Springfield and playing my accordion on the streets. I should be able to make quite a few dollars in my accordion case.

I would love to post some more today, however, I need to take a long nap.

I have over 300 photos of my bus build. Included are also pics of other vehicles I have lived in. Being a fan of pictures, I am excited to post all of mine for you.

I may ask some questions of the "bus family" from time to time. Having read MANY threads from this site already, I have gained an immense amount of knowledge.

Thank you all for expressing your fervor for the alternative lifestyle that you have adopted.

I'll be back soon. Accordion
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Ok what kind of glue to hold the carpet up """ and what type of carpet....?????





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