Friday, June 22, 2012

Sorry for the delay, enjoy the pics!

Sorry we haven't posted lately!  Its been reallllllly busy.  We have gotten some work done on Bob though.  I'm nearing finishing all the rebuilding of the inside cabinets, benches, and rear couch/bed.

We also had someone come and take some measurements for making all the cushions.  I will be scared to open that estimate when it come!!!!

But here are the pics, sorry I don't have much time to write much.....

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bob is starting to feel more like a camper!

More and more of the inside work is getting done!  So now, I have most of the kitchen cabinets in, and most of the closet cabinets in.  Its really exciting because now its starting to feel like an actual camper again!  The closet part was MUCH easier than the kitchen cabinets since I re-used the old cabinet face.  The only think I had to do was cut off 1/2 inch to compensate for the new subfloor thickness.

Also, I had another round with the router.  And, thanks to the advice of Chuck, it put in a new bit and SHA-ZAM!  It works much better!  (thank you, thank you, thank you!)  So with my renewed confidence after the Coach Chuck's pep-talk, I was able to recreate the decorative detail on the sides of the closet cabinets.  I'm not really sure if they have any actual function, but I thought it would be nice to keep that original detail.  One of the told closet sides had been damaged, so I was able to cut out the other and use as a template to cut out the new ones.  I was really happy with the results.

In the lower right opening of the cabinet is where the original fridge was kept.  Since we moved it over to the kitchen side, we're going to make a "cubby hole" to store stuff in since I don't have a door.  Maybe a place to keep the heater?  Otherwise we mostly kept the same layout.  I'm surprised at just how much storage this camper has.  Especially since its only a 16 footer.  But I suppose it helps to travel light.  If you try and bring the proverbial "Farm", you'd probably run out of room VERY quickly!

Another bothersome problem that I've recently found is with filling the new freshwater tank.
the setup is supposed to be that you pour water into the Bargman Gravity filler on the outside, and water runs down a tube and fills the tank.  The original tank was missing.  Probably rotted long ago, so I had to buy a new 10 gallon tank.  But the inlet port sits higher than the gravity filler on the outside.  And the previous owner had installed a awesome Bargman Gravity filler that looks great, so I really want to use it.  But I don't want to cut another hole and raise it either.  The only thing I could think of is a hose that is smaller in diameter and can put fed up the filler, thru the hose and into the tank.  It may not move as much water, but it will make air escape easier, so possibly it will fill just fine.  I dunno...  I have a few more weeks to ponder it before I have to make a decision.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Slow and steady.... Then try again, and again.

Since my last post, I've learned that I'm not really cut out to be a cabinet maker.  I continually made mistakes and had to tear it all apart and make changes in order for it to work.  Then there was the router.....

Just as I had feared in one of my earlier blogs, the router and I are still not on speaking terms.  Mr. Router feels that I don't understand him, and I, on the other-hand, feel that if someone tries to kill me, its hard to want to "understand" them. 
Sometimes its smoothly pushed along with hardly any effort.  Other times I about have to stand on it to get it to move.  And then it doesn't.....route?.....very good.  (not sure on the correct word for that but you understand)  Instead of doing its thing, it just spins and tries to catch fire to my project I've been working on for the last 2 days, AND burn down my house!!!!  The last straw was when I got the ENTIRE cabinet front constructed, and the LAST thing I needed to do was put a small groove along the end for the 1/4 in birch panel to slide into.   All was fine and, I thought...."Hmmm  maybe Mr. Router isn't so mean after all", then BAM it went all crazy like Charlie Sheen on a 3 day bender!  So I had to tear it all apart YET AGAIN, and replace that piece.

I have much to learn about Mr. Router.....  Maybe we just need some time apart while I work on another project!

Alas.  The cabinet is done!  The drawers are in and so is the cutting board.  It was really weird building it since I was trying to follow the original design.  But I think the original design was the "hurry and slap it in" method.  And its not built like cabinets in your house because of the weight factor.  So its really just a skeleton that is covered with birch paneling.  I tried to add support where I could, but having the wheel-well underneath makes it a little hard to do. 
Over-all, I am happy with the outcome.  Fortunately, on the cabinet on the other side, I am going to reuse the existing front and just build all the insides.  Hopefully it will be easier, because I don't think I could handle a repeat of the last cabinet.

My Lovely Bride of nearly 9 years showing off her pride and joy....