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Old 04-28-2021, 05:45 PM   #1861
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Permanently installed my countertops today after six coats of polyurethane on everything.

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Test-fit the back piece. It went it but getting it out took some serious prying.

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Not great fitment on this side. I'll glue in a little sliver eventually.

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Left side of the sink came out pretty well.

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Almost forgot to install the outlets.

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The ordeal is over, on to the next ordeal.

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Old 04-29-2021, 01:59 PM   #1862
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Old 04-29-2021, 06:57 PM   #1863
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Old 04-29-2021, 09:36 PM   #1864
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Old 04-29-2021, 09:36 PM   #1865
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Old 04-29-2021, 09:37 PM   #1866
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Old 04-30-2021, 10:11 AM   #1867
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This looks great! Excellent job

My only thing (and the "chef" part of me is coming out here) is do not cut anything on your polyurethane-coated countertop. Be sure you get a cutting board. Polyurethane isn't food-safe. If you cut on it, the poly could chip off and get into your food. When we did our kitchen, we used Waterlox on our butcher-block countertops, as it's food-grade and it makes a better seal.
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Old 04-30-2021, 10:30 AM   #1868
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This looks great! Excellent job

My only thing (and the "chef" part of me is coming out here) is do not cut anything on your polyurethane-coated countertop. Be sure you get a cutting board. Polyurethane isn't food-safe. If you cut on it, the poly could chip off and get into your food. When we did our kitchen, we used Waterlox on our butcher-block countertops, as it's food-grade and it makes a better seal.
Thanks! Yeah, I'm not going to be cutting anything on this, my butcher block is just for show. From what I understand, polyurethane used to be extremely not-food-safe because they put lead and other additives in it to make it cure faster. Modern polyurethanes are considered food-safe once they've cured for more than 30 days. I won't be putting this to test, though - all my food prep will be on other surfaces.
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Old 04-30-2021, 07:42 PM   #1869
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I cut the notch in the back piece of this countertop about 1" too deep, so I took the side pieces next to the stove off and replaced them with 1" longer ones.

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And as it turns out, I'm happy I made that mistake. This makes the ledge behind the stove 4", which is big enough to put something there, although I'm not sure what exactly. Maybe a spice rack.

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Side and front pieces.

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The piece that spans the bottom of the stove will eventually be hinged and openable, but for now it's just screwed into place.

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Old 05-01-2021, 07:16 PM   #1870
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Whoops, didn't make sure the hinged butcher block piece would fit down past the oven trim.

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Trimmed out the side opening. This will either be hidden entirely when the hinged table is down or not really that obvious when the table is up, so I opted not to try and bevel the outer corners.

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Now I can mount the hinged part.
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:38 PM   #1871
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You're doing some nice work on your bus. Every time I check out the stuff you're fabricating for the interior I feel bad about myself, that's way beyond my woodworking skill. I'm going to be using found pieces to build out my bus. In fact I'll be taking some stuff right out of the house.

Good work and keep going, someday you'll be finished.
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Picked up another chest freezer on Craigslist for $50. This one is slightly wider than my original one and it looks brand-spanking-new, not all dinged up with yellowed plastic. It has both its hinge covers [!] unlike every used chest freezer I've ever seen, and the lid holds itself up which I didn't think happened even with new ones.

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I have no idea how I'm going to secure this in the bus since it's meant to be free-standing and I don't think I want to drill anything into the back of it. Maybe just a cargo strap to secure it while driving and let it be free-standing otherwise?
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Old 05-02-2021, 11:57 PM   #1873
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You're doing some nice work on your bus. Every time I check out the stuff you're fabricating for the interior I feel bad about myself, that's way beyond my woodworking skill. I'm going to be using found pieces to build out my bus. In fact I'll be taking some stuff right out of the house.

Good work and keep going, someday you'll be finished.
Thanks a lot! I'm not sure I believe the "finished" thing - still so much to do.
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Old 05-03-2021, 09:56 AM   #1874
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Thanks a lot! I'm not sure I believe the "finished" thing - still so much to do.
I expect the first time I head out in it, mine will be far from finished. I think I'll be working on it while I'll living in it.

In a little while I'm going to stop by my friends farm where mine is parked. I haven't seen it since last October. Guess I may as well take pictures and revive my thread.
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I expect the first time I head out in it, mine will be far from finished. I think I'll be working on it while I'll living in it.

In a little while I'm going to stop by my friends farm where mine is parked. I haven't seen it since last October. Guess I may as well take pictures and revive my thread.
I feel like if I even skipped a week I would drop the project entirely. This is what has almost always happened with my software side projects. Once I lose the continuity of continuous work on something, it's like I wake up and just have someone else's dim memories of working on it and no desire to continue.
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I feel like if I even skipped a week I would drop the project entirely. This is what has almost always happened with my software side projects. Once I lose the continuity of continuous work on something, it's like I wake up and just have someone else's dim memories of working on it and no desire to continue.

Oh man, I know the feeling.

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I feel like if I even skipped a week I would drop the project entirely. This is what has almost always happened with my software side projects. Once I lose the continuity of continuous work on something, it's like I wake up and just have someone else's dim memories of working on it and no desire to continue.
Yeeeeaaaa . . . NO!

I can't let that happen. Every 6 months I have tests to see if my cancer has come back. Next test will be in a week or three. If I get another 6 months I want to be out in my bus for the winter. I gotta do this.
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Picked up another chest freezer on Craigslist for $50. This one is slightly wider than my original one and it looks brand-spanking-new, not all dinged up with yellowed plastic. It has both its hinge covers [!] unlike every used chest freezer I've ever seen, and the lid holds itself up which I didn't think happened even with new ones.

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I'm guessing it's about 4.5 cu ft.

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I have no idea how I'm going to secure this in the bus since it's meant to be free-standing and I don't think I want to drill anything into the back of it. Maybe just a cargo strap to secure it while driving and let it be free-standing otherwise?

A small/thin frame (angle iron?) around the bottom, several inches high, fastened to the wall or floor to keep it from moving around. Chest can still be lifted out or frame removed. Maybe just securing the 2 front corners somehow using the 2 existing freezer feet/adjusting bolts.
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I feel like if I even skipped a week I would drop the project entirely. This is what has almost always happened with my software side projects. Once I lose the continuity of continuous work on something, it's like I wake up and just have someone else's dim memories of working on it and no desire to continue.

I believe that you are right. Once you get focused, its best to finish it. Too many other things competing for your time, energy, $$$, and focus. By definition you can only focus on one thing at a time.


Also, stopping and starting again creates more work. For instance, say you start to paint a house and you get it all prepped and put off finish painting then you are likely going to have to redo some/all of the prep or worse yet, it will rain and cause damage that needs to be fixed. Money and time down the drain and you may never get motivated to finish or if you do, you may do an inferior job than if you had just finished to start with.



Once you stop for a while it will probably never get finished. That's why people like me have so many unfinished projects. If it is not done/finished it will also take up your thought time which is a limited resource.
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Did a better job this time flipping this latch around.

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I'm thinking a kind of girdle of wood to keep my chest freezer in place. This might work better as a strap of sheet metal.

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Glued on rubber pads for the hinged countertop and attached the strike plate.

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This might be a better way to secure my freezer. The hinge bracket seems to be very firmly affixed to the frame, so I'm thinking I can attach some kind of metal fabrication in between the two brackets and bolted to them, that fits down over something attached to the wall behind and locks the freezer in place in the horizontal plane.

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Latch for the hinged countertop in place. This one doesn't work quite as well as the other but it's OK, just rattles a little bit and the latch sticks sometimes.

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First experiment with my nunchuk-chains (nunchains? that don't sound too good) for holding up the hinged countertop. This jig is so I can drill a plumb hole in the end of this 3/4" maple dowel.

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Getting it out was a challenge. The cuts on each side of the hole make the jig bendy enough for the dowel to come out easily but still grips it firmly otherwise.

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The nunchain is going to be four lengths of dowel like this with eye hooks and connecting rings. I'll be able to micro-adjust the overall length of this by turning the eye hooks, which will let me hang the counter at a precise height. I couldn't think of any other way to do this that didn't involve a big ugly turnbuckle.

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Will also be usable for self-defense and for putting out fires as my ninja hands rotate them at supersonic speeds.
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