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Old 06-01-2015, 06:40 PM   #141
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I had a request from 64north for more details about the folding bench.

Here are more pictures of it.


As can be seen here, the back folds down.



The bench can open about 75 high without the cushions, but when the 4" thick cushions are in place they get squished at the back and it becomes difficult. I set the lid supports to keep it open at around 50.





Here's the back angle.. Can't remember what I settled on, but it's comfortable.



The piano hinge is too thin of a gauge material to hold up to bodies moving around on top of it when it's opened as a bed, so I added these supports. Now the weight rest entirely on the wood instead of the hinge.



With the cushion in place you can barely see the additional supports.




North64 also asked about the backrest "leg". It is proving to be plenty strong. With the weight of the plywood resting on it alone it doesn't want to slip out. Once the weight of a human is on it you can't even kick it out.


This may seem like a strange design to some people, but it was the only way I could dream up that would allow a 50" wide bed when open, but only a 20" wide seat when closed.
I'll be adding gas struts to it eventually to make it pop up on it's own once it goes beyond 2" open.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:15 AM   #142
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:02 PM   #143
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Pictures of the bus as it sits on this sunny summer day!




^ The table is perfectly level. I'm just taking a picture from down the river bank.


Wood for the winter:




We're in the process of building an outdoor sawdust-toilet for guests. We like to have parties and let people camp out and want a more private place for people to do their business rather than the bus.
Since it's a sawdust toilet we were able to put it near the river so you can sit and watch the water flow by. We'll be putting in a horse-stable style door so you can have lower privacy, but with the upper door open!





We're going to hang a bench swing on that "arch way" sort of thing. Don't worry, I tested it's strength... by accidentally dropping an old ash tree on it. It passed with flying colours! It was only partially accidental, actually. The tree had a slight lean in that direction so I knew it was a real possibility, but I was trying to get it to go the other direction. I made sure to cut the trunk so it had NO CHANCE of falling on the bus.
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:00 PM   #144
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We went viral! Well, maybe not quite, but at least two people have recognized me because of this article. A surprise for sure.

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Old 07-06-2015, 02:22 PM   #145
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Nice. You look like nice folks.
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Old 07-06-2015, 06:57 PM   #146
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Why is it that I always miss these little references to liking something. In this case "like your disco ball". I had to go back to look for it and still can't find it. How's referencing what picture or number you saw it in (your driving me crazy)
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Why is it that I always miss these little references to liking something. In this case "like your disco ball". I had to go back to look for it and still can't find it. How's referencing what picture or number you saw it in (your driving me crazy)
I saw EastCoastCb's reference to the disco ball, and went back looking for it also!!!.... never found it, and when I got back here, I see your post!

thanks a lot CB!!!
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:57 PM   #150
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haha.. thanks folks! That disco ball is the first step to us opening that '70s club we've always dreamed of
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