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Old 04-18-2017, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hey guys. Not sure how many of you have seen our bus but it's a flat nose 27' Thomas EF. We are at the point now where we are about to begin framing. It's been a tough decision about whether or not to reinstall the front and rear panels and we decided to reinstall the rear one, and turn the space where the front one was into some sort of shelf.

We were hoping to see some photos and hear some ideas on how to accomplish this. We are going for more of a modern interior so we don't want to just add milk crates or wooden boxes and call it a day. It can be open, or closed. We were thinking just a plant shelf initially but it may not get enough light since we were not able to purchase a bus with a top front window.

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Old 04-18-2017, 11:33 PM   #2
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I've been replacing the front and rear panels with plywood. From there I can attach anything I might like to attach later. Bookshelf sounds good on both ends to me.
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We were thinking that, but then the original front panel depth is only 8" and we have no need for books. We were thinking records originally but that's also not necessary.


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If you build it, it will get filled up. I'll probably fill mine with fishing gear.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:18 AM   #5
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No doubt it will get filled. But we want a nice shelf. Not a normal shelf that turns into a place anything on it junk shelf. If you design it for a purpose it will stay clean and dedicated to that purpose.


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Storage is always going to be a premium in a bus. If you tried shelves it wouldn't be hard to change them into a small cabinet later, but you're right about 8" not being much to work with. Stuff a dried flower arrangement in there and call it good.

I couldn't decide what the highest and best use would be either. Time will tell, but I've laid a flat foundation on the end walls and I can add a bookcase or whatever to it later if I want to. Right now I'm considering a wall clock on the front panel and leaving the rest of the panel blank. I've got a good 20" of height to work with on both panels. Shelving or bookcase may come later.

I'm actually trying to present the open uncluttered look. Like that'll work.
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Well as far as 8" goes, thats just the stock bottom metal shelf depth. We can add some to it, but not much because we will bonk our heads when getting in and out of the driver seat. So maybe 1.5' max shelf depth. Depending on ideas we can adjust. I'd rather have a nice shelf and worry about getting in and out of the driver seat occasionally than a half ass shelf and regretting not doing something else with it. I'm hoping pictures will convince us one way or the other. Much like food, it's easier to decide what you want by seeing it instead of just reading about it.


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This is amusing to me, in my cluttered world, it will get something on it but, not necessarily what I intended it for. And probably not all that neat and tidy.
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I left neat and tidy behind a long time ago. I'm learning new ways to hide my messes.
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We made a bed above the driver seat. It is a fold out and indeed you bump your head if you are not used to it. You can see some pictures in our album.
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