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Old 01-20-2012, 11:30 AM   #81
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Not much Dan... just slowly plugging away on the bus. I've got a few more walls covered but visually not much has been going on. More behind the scenes kind of stuff.


Here is a picture of the underside of the upper storage. Once finished the wall to lid joint will have a quarter round trim piece of sorts.


Also none of the wood is fully attached, it is all just "tacked" up. Trim work is still needed.


Here is a quick shot of the bathroom from above the shower pan and through the wall dividing the bath and kitchen. After some more discussions with the wife, we've decided to do a little bit of tile so I'm thinking the bathroom vanity top and possibly a wall or two will get some tile. Maybe a wayne's coat kind of thing. So baically the vanity you see here is gone. I'm gonna build the face cabinet and obviously make my own top for tile.


The counter top here is going to be on a hinge with a set of struts to assist. It will also be tile with a tile back splash. The counter will be two individual tops over the fridge/freezer. The tile counter top over the island will be solid.


The back wall here is going to get some 1/2 inch closed cell foam. Not for R value but more for sound deadening. At least that's what I tell myself.

As far as the metal framing goes, I could not be happier. It has been so straight forward and really quite simple to adjust a wall or such if needed. The biggest bummer about metal is the absolute need to cover all the framing, in my opinion. Both for strength and I really don't want any sharp metal edges exposed at all.
Past that I really think it's the way to go.

First part of next month I'm going to have some good long days I can dedicate to the bus so expect to see some more pictures around then.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:31 PM   #82
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Re: Great White Buffalo - 92 BB All American RE

Thanks for the update - it looks great! So what are you going to put over all that plywood?
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:48 PM   #83
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Have not really decided 100% yet. Maybe paint in some areas, stain in others, maybe some wallpaper and then of course some tile. We're pretty open minded right now with no real plan. Like everything else in this bus, I guess it will just come to us as we go along.

I'm not a wood worker by any means so with that being said, what do you think the plywood would look like with a little minwax stain applied? Regardless of what's applied to the walls, its going to be on the lighter side of the scale. The bus is small enough, we don't need dark colors closing in on us.
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Syke, I do like stained plywood. All of the wood in my bus is stained plywood. I did use cabinet grade plywood however.

You will not be able to hide the knots in the grade of plywood that you used, but does that really matter?

Other options are: textured paint, wallpaper, gluing thin paneling onto the plywood (which would give an instant finished look), or even attaching thin laminate flooring to all the surfaces (expensive).

I would probably go with a textured paint.That way you could employ any color you like.

I really like Dan's red cabinet doors.
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Re: Great White Buffalo - 92 BB All American RE

Like Rudy (Accordian), I used cabinet grade plywood on my cabinet shells, which I then stained (stole your idea Rudy!). I think that the grade plywood you have will not look good stained. In other places I used either paneling I got for free or stained luan or a sort of double layer of the two on two-sided walls; but for you to use paneling or luan, you would have to add yet another layer, and it would have been easier and perhaps the same cost to use finished ply to begin with. Rudy has some good suggestions for alternative coverings. If you use wallpaper, you may still have problems with the unevenness of the low grade plywood, and you may have to use wood filler or something like that at least in the knot cavities.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:22 PM   #86
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Thanks for the advice guys. Good food for thought.
The idea of paint has always been our first choice mainly because of the color options and being able to change it down the road if we so desire not to mention when we bought non stain grade plywood that kind of sealed the deal.
I do have some luan that I could use to skin the walls but like you alluded to Dan, it really is a bit of work and not the most correct process. Maybe if we find some walls that we really, really want stained I might just skin those areas.
It's probably safe to say tile and paint is our best bet.
Thanks again for the help guys. Much appreciated.
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Throwing a few more pictures out....









The beginning of the pantry and base cabinets in the background.


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Love the idea of metal studs... A Little dissapointed today when I priced the material though...
about $4.80 per stud (metal)
about $1.80 per stud (wood)

Hmmm... decisions, decisions. Nice work by the way Syke!
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thommassey,
I hear ya on the cost of materials. It is more expensive for sure. I was able to get my studs from a drywall supply house and their prices were about half what you found but still double what wood costs. That was for 20 and 25 gauge 2x4 and 1x2 studs/track.

In the end I know for a fact I have much less waste with the metal than I ever would have going with wood. Maybe I offset some of the costs there.... or at least thatís what I will tell myself.
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