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Old 07-08-2011, 03:17 PM   #61
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To keep the weight down why not use the thin 1/8 sheets over sterofoam on the inner walls?
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Yes 20 ga studs/track. I have not decided 100% on what/where/how in regards to the plywood but I'm thinking 1/4 will be the thinnest I will use and most likely 3/4 on the important structural items like the rear bed and the couch. For the bathroom walls and closet I might do 1/4 on both sides.
Do they make a diagonal or brace to put between the metal studs for strength? That would really stiffen them up and allow a thinner covering material for the inside walls. And I mean inner walls, not the inside of the outer wall. I would use something thicker for the sound deadening properties.
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I really have not thought it out to much yet. Too many other things to think about and research.... remember I'm not a framer or carpenter; I'm just making half this **** up as I go.
Gotcha. I was a carpenter and mess around from time to time but given enough time, I could do anything.
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FYI, the studs are not 2x4, I am using 2-1/4 x 1-1/2 for the framing and 1-5/8 x 1-1/2 for the wall cabinet framing which has not started yet.
I will be happy to have a bus to sit in and stare at the walls. I can start the planing in my head, it is easier for me to picture it and see how it fits together then looking at a piece of paper.[/quote:1isiudk4]

I'm not sure if they make something specifically for bracing but I do know that scrap studs make for great bracing. I will show a few pictures this weekend of that exact thing. Even though the framing is a little flimsy without sheeting, it sure becomes strong a hell once you brace it strategically.

The wife and I have spent countless hours sitting in the bus just brainstorming, plus we have laid out 3 different floor plans on the floor before settling on a final design. Which of course is never really final. I have an idea this bus will always have something, somewhere to tinker on.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:04 PM   #63
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Your project got me to thinking about steel framing... I'll be looking into it although I would like to find nominal 2X2's and corresponding track.
For skinning those walls, you might look into MDO, (medium density overlay,) which is a faced plywood which, when painted, does not "telegraph" the grain beneath the paint. It's used in signs, storefronts, and exhibits and can actually be found at Home Depot. I would use 1/2" and a local lumberyard may have it faced one side which may be less expensive than HD's faced two sides.
You'll need to figure out whether to trim out the edges where they're seen or a viable option is to use Bondo, (yes! Bondo,) on the edges to make a clean paintable surface.
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Your project got me to thinking about steel framing... I'll be looking into it although I would like to find nominal 2X2's and corresponding track.
For skinning those walls, you might look into MDO, (medium density overlay,) which is a faced plywood which, when painted, does not "telegraph" the grain beneath the paint. It's used in signs, storefronts, and exhibits and can actually be found at Home Depot. I would use 1/2" and a local lumberyard may have it faced one side which may be less expensive than HD's faced two sides.
You'll need to figure out whether to trim out the edges where they're seen or a viable option is to use Bondo, (yes! Bondo,) on the edges to make a clean paintable surface.
Thanks for the heads up. I will definitely look into. MDO, not to be confused with MDF.
I know from looking around at my framing, it is going to be a fun challenge to sheet the walls and make it look good. I figured I was going to have to trim it out but you mentioning bondo has me thinking....
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Changed up the desk/cabinet area a bit.




Pictures are getting a little bit busy. In all of those metal studs a second chest freezer, floor to ceiling cabinet, desk and more cabinets will emerge.





Mocking everything up so I can finish planning out the plumbing.

Drivers side middle and rear boxes.


Opposite side.


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That is sooooo exciting! I'm having vicarious thrills, and I can see my future clearly. Thanks for the great update.
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That is sooooo exciting! I'm having vicarious thrills, and I can see my future clearly. Thanks for the great update.
Glad you enjoyed it Will.
Have you had any luck finding 2x2 metal studs?
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Just a few updates.



Still some more work needed on the rear cabinets










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I like the choice you made using steel studs rather than wood. It will weigh far less in the end.

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