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Project by jack1 posted 07-13-2010 10:16 PM 1796 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend that just got out of the hospital who asked me to make him a step so he can to into the sleeping area of his Lance camper easier. He wanted plywood but I had a nice straight piece of 1×12 red oak that would work better and blend in with the interior like factory made. I cut it to the dimensions and used a natural stain and wax to finish. I wasn’t going to post this but I noticed that one of my shots had one of my cats critiquing the work (second shot) and thought it was funny enough to post. Now I’ve got to make one for me since I have the same camper and it is a bear to get up and down.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!





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#1 posted 07-13-2010 10:41 PM

Nice adaptation Jack.
It does look like it was built that way.

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 11:12 PM

I bet youre friend really likes it .Its tough getting up and in things when you hurt. Hope you’re friend is doing better.You did a good job you should be proud…..................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 12:49 AM

Great idea!

Just wondering if you’ve considered using dowels and receiving holes in the cleats for the dowels to slide into so that the stair doesn’t move around, but would still enable you to lift it off the cleats?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 12:56 AM

looks good , jack .

i’m with jonathan ,
some way to keep it from sliding around
would be nice .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 01:04 AM

Thanks guys but i thought of that. I was thinking maybe a Velcro strip if necessary but I gotta tell you it is a really snug fit so there is no side to side or diagonal play. I eased all of the edges with a 1/8” round-over bit to help get it on and off but only allowed 1/16” air space total on the end. The cleats each are attached with 3 screws from the factory. They are also oak I think.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 01:11 AM

If it were me, I’d be more concerned about the front-to-back movement, as that’s the way it’s going to shift (if it does decide to move) when you use it.

I guess if you thoroughly tested it out and it doesn’t move, then no harm done.

The velcro would be a good option too, although in my opinion, not as aesthetically pleasing as dowels.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 07-14-2010 01:17 AM

As I was saying, it’s tight, no movement unless you tap the bottom up, then you can slide it. I didn’t want to dowel it because it’s in the way of other uses of that space like a storage compartment if I did permanent dowels and drilling the cleats for dry dowels (no glue) I felt would weaken them. There is a window behind that towel (it’s usually a curtain) you see and that was also an issue. If he falls, I’ll drive him back to the hospital… He can take a joke. ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 01:29 AM

there is always those button catches on the ends ,
if it should loosen and slide someday .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 01:42 AM

Nice of you to help out a friend. Looks like it will work just fine and look good too.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 07-14-2010 01:51 AM

In the second pic, it looks like it’s getting ready to get a cat-scan.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#11 posted 07-14-2010 06:17 AM

nice one jack. nice to help a friend in need. maybe a couple of short pegs to fit a couple of small holes in the stringers. or 1/8 inch lip on the front of the stringers. wait a minute, they make 1×12 red oak boards?

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#12 posted 07-14-2010 06:21 AM

yeah, HD even… up to 14’

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 07-14-2010 06:26 AM

small miracles are always done for good friends

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 07-15-2010 12:30 AM

Looks good, Jack.

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#15 posted 07-18-2010 04:56 AM

you are a good friend…hope he enjoys the camper!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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