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Postby LDK » Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:37 pm

Hey Kent

I had a hard time installing my interior ceiling too. I used 1/4" oak ply and I had to soak it with hot water to help bend it plus use my jack to help bend it in place. I then used wood glue and 1 1/4" wood screws with fender washers and screwed through it and into the spars. It worked pretty good that way.
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Postby kinto » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:11 pm

skinning, ack! those 2 little side window panels are the only ply i finished last nite... in the front box you can also see the interior paint color my girlfriend picked out... it looks a little salmon in this pic but it's really more of a sandy/ peach...
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this is the thinnest (5mm) ply that the blue box store had (& what i've been struggling with...) sharon suggested kerfing with a box cutter & ruler so i'm gonna try that tonite & i also like larry's idea of using a jack to coax the ply into place... thanks to all for your advice & encouragement though :worship: :applause:
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also got the last of the ceiling spars installed last nite & doubled up the rear one where the galley hinge will go...
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and speaking of... i just ordered a roll of living piano hinge from monroe & 3 gallons of aeromarine 300/21 epoxy resin from amazon. 3 gallons might be overkill, but the reviews make it sound like you can do all sorts of fun non-teardrop stuff with it too!

thanks to all & hope your thursday is going well

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Postby kinto » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:27 pm

happy friday!

didn't get much done last nite. bought some electrical stuff thanks to standupguy's thread & advice. i'm not putting a big battery in the camper... just wiring it for regular old 110v ac... i figure if we're camping without an outlet we can always just use flashlights etc like we have been for years.
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got 2 of these for about $20 to (potentially/ maybe?) use as outside/ "porch" lights. the only thing is i'm not sure where i'd put the switches since my walls are only 3/4" ply and i'd rather not have giant honking switch boxes stuck to the wall. any ideas for non-obstrusive, yet handy placement would be greatly appreciated.
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i bought the non-fan vent locally before i changed my strategery to electricalifization. the 110v fan one was ordered from rvplus.com, but they did a pretty awful job packing thus the plastic lid was mangled upon delivery so i swapped covers. it's not real evident in the pic as i tried to get it back in shape, but the one on the right is smushed up pretty good.
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and the only other thing i got done was a little bit of trim...
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the plywood skin is still being a huge hurdle so i'm probably gonna buy some cargo straps, more clamps(!) and a circular saw on the way home tonite to *hopefully* get a lot accomplished this weekend. what better excuse to acquire more tools, right? :twisted:
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Postby StandUpGuy » Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:28 pm

kinto wrote:happy friday!

didn't get much done last nite. bought some electrical stuff thanks to standupguy's thread & advice. ...
You do realize that is how Slowcowboy's Wyoming caught on fire. Someone followed my electrical advice. :? :lol:
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Postby kinto » Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:14 pm

:laughter: hahahaha! :lol:

(laughing at your comment, not slowcowboy's misfortune of course...)

i've done some light electrical work in my time, just never messed with breaker boxes etc... but my dad was a professional electrician before he retired so he's gonna help with that stage so i won't need to pick a name like The Rolling Inferno! :cigar: :DOH2:

(oh, and i kinda meant your advice and all the comments in your thread...)
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Postby StandUpGuy » Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:22 pm

People were super awesome in that thread helping me out weren't they? I do appreciate those with expertise helping out. I am buying my little two position box like you have, tomorrow.

We will fry together! :shock: :lol:
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Postby aggie79 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:43 pm

Kent,

You are rockin and rollin on your build! I really like the overall design. Sawdust is good, and you've made a bunch of it.

Keep on rolling brother!

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Postby kinto » Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:30 am

per budget and logic...

i'm gonna shoot lasers 1984 style!
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clean the local blue box of 2" clamps...
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make this of that...
(i know!!! my kerfing is horrible!!!)
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and not sweep my basement until it looks like black rock city!
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happy weekend all!
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Postby kinto » Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:52 am

hose + kerf = great success!
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tightest curve dry fitted...
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misfires! i'm an idiot! use a pencil!
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other than that got much done today! woot!
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i know the last few are boring/wtf but i got all the loud/ power tool/ major need-to-be-done-outside cuts fin today that the neighborhood might frown upon if i did loud/ power tool/ wtf/ major need-to-be-done-outside cuts on weeknights when i sometimes get home after dark.
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Postby S. Heisley » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:51 am

WOW! :o You got a bit carried away with the kerfing; but, if it worked and you're happy with it, that's all that matters. It's amazing that you were able to do that with just a jigsaw.

You're moving along quickly. It'll be fun to see what's next! :thumbsup: :applause:
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Postby kinto » Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:45 pm

@sharon... thanks! yeah, as we discussed i'm new to kerfing... i may've gone a little crazy but did get the tight inner curve glued & screwed tonite so i'm definitely happy with it. plus the end result will be painted so all the kerfs will be filled/ siliconed etc. oh also, it wasn't done with a jigsaw... i ended up buying a circular saw & did the cuts with that. more tools. woohoo!

also got the inner back ceiling piece dry fitted tonite & shot a few pics but they're too dark/ fuzzy to post. will try in the morning before work if i get a chance.

hope everybody had a great weekend

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Postby WhitneyK » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:09 am

At least he's kerfing and not cussing. :lol:
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Postby kinto » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:12 am

@whitney... not sure if you're familiar with the movie christmas story, but to (mis)quote that... in the heat of battle i weave a tapestry of obscenities that as far as i know is still hanging in space over lake michigan today!

:lol: hahahaha! :lol:


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Postby kinto » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:25 am

happy monday, happy campers!

inside ceiling... front part glued, back part dry fitted...
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Postby jbyrd » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:18 pm

Coming along very very nicely, I like it. I really like how your doing the tongue box.
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