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Old 05-02-2016, 10:11 PM   #701
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Do you have any sketches of what it is you want it to do?

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I could imagine you building that adjustable height Dinette to Work-table convertible thingie i want in my bus... ha!
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:26 PM   #702
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Do you have any sketches of what it is you want it to do?
not yet.. My bus got delayed again so i dont have it here yet to play with...

the gist of it is a dinette style.. 2 school bus seats facing each other.. a table in the middle that can be lowered to bus seat level.. I'll toss a couple sleeping bags across and instant cot..

then I can raise up the table to perhaps varying heights to use as work space / table.. the table would flush with the seats so its width would be that of the area between the seats.. have a hevy enough stand that it doesnt buckle when I crawl onto it and the seats for sleep..

I may buld a couple hinged "leaves" that hinge out into the seating area during the table's "Table mode". I ook at how my body feels comfortable while working.. and its sitting close to the table. . so in the raised mode the table overhangs the seats.. but in "bed" mode that can happen so id fold under the leaves and secure them..

thats pretty easy.. I just need to design and build a mechanism that can support my weight (ok im only 135 lbs.. but what if i got fat.. it still need to support me)... and I can lower and raise it..

I'll know more once I get the bus and start measuring and playing with various things..

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Old 05-03-2016, 04:41 PM   #703
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I was thinking for a long time what way to go... steel or wood. I do understand your all metal way but the main problem for my understanding was how to finish all steel frames.

I use 3/4" finished plywood for all my separating walls. By the way 3/4" wall is probably the thinnest but still strong enough wall you can build.

I had really hard time to put my washroom together inside my available dimensions and 3/4" wall thickness was absolutely max I could only fit.

Also I am thinking about buying 3/4" bamboo plywood and cut a bunch of doors for every storage compartment I build on my way.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:58 PM   #704
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I haven't posted a pic of the whole thing in a while.

Backed out of the covered area so I can work in the shade doing fab work instead of frying in the sun. I don't know why I didn't do that the last couple weekends.
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Old 05-07-2016, 02:08 PM   #705
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It looks awesome!
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Old 05-07-2016, 02:16 PM   #706
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I agree. It is a great looking skoolie!
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Old 05-10-2016, 02:56 AM   #707
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Hey look, more cabinets!


Not shown: horizontal stuff that makes that upper cabinet a little more rigid. But! This is a great example that I think demonstrates the versatility of steel tube.

All this stuff gets covered with luan or plastic or something else.



Here you can see I got tired of the PA hole. I could not seem to find a new horn the right size.

At some point I'm going to have to paint this beast for real. I was thinking of Sherwin williams shurthane 2k. Any thoughts? It'll be about 3 weeks of sanding prep I bet. Ugh.

At least i can plastic off the outdoors while I work on the finish.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:00 AM   #708
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I really like the steel tubing.. ive been a fan of it for a long time.. for one it will flex with the bus some as it needs to.. and another thought is that it like adds some strength to the bus depending on how you tie it in.. you can cover it with about anything you want... I really need to learn how to work with this stuff as it would be perfect for what i want to do in my bus..

lookin good!! I love this build.. the roof raise leaving the driver-house at the original height adds to the look of the bus in my opinion.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:25 AM   #709
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I really like the steel tubing.. ive been a fan of it for a long time.. for one it will flex with the bus some as it needs to.. and another thought is that it like adds some strength to the bus depending on how you tie it in.. you can cover it with about anything you want... I really need to learn how to work with this stuff as it would be perfect for what i want to do in my bus..

lookin good!! I love this build.. the roof raise leaving the driver-house at the original height adds to the look of the bus in my opinion.
-Christopher
I agree, aarons build is by far one of the best builds on here in terms of execution and quality. Maybe he can branch out from UniMog refurb and offer bus conversions
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Old 05-14-2016, 01:04 AM   #710
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Picked up some finish grade birch, some structural lower grade ply for storage shelves and carpet to line some things.

I also picked up a pane of polycarbonate greenhouse panel, I will use some as trim somewhere I think, for translucent panel location.



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