Motor Home Improvements

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Project by Roz posted 10-01-2012 03:55 AM 2275 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister and husband ask for a little help with an idea they had for improving the looks of the interior of their motor home. They like the look of Red Oak and I had made a small console for them a few years earlier using that wood. Now they decided they wanted a countertop and table top to match. So they came up for a visit and we built and installed these mods.

The fixtures we replaced were the standard countertop material with a particle board base. I had some 4 quarter stock about 11 inches wide that we glued up to make large blanks. We shaped the glue ups using the original items from the motor home as templates.

We changed the original table top design with a round over edge and set the collapsible leg 3 inches further back to eliminate a trip hazard in the walk way.
The counter top design changed with the addition of a molded edge and end cap. The original counter was 3 inches longer than the replacement and it stuck out into the seating area making the seating uncomfortable for anyone over 37 inches tall. It also had a large unattractive wing to prevent items from rolling off the counter that interfered with television viewing from the table area. To solve this we created an end cap to stop rolling objects and tied it into the edge molding across the front.

The entire project was stained to match using Minwax Golden Pecan oil stain. We then applied ten coats of water based poly urethane, sanding between coats. Thanks for looking.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 04:35 AM

Wow, great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 05:02 AM

these are great improvements i’m sure

they should be very happy

well done

-- 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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#3 posted 10-01-2012 05:18 AM

Great job Terry, it’s all about making life easier ;))
bet they are plaeased

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 07:44 AM

Looks good, I like the pecan color it works well.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 10:53 AM

good job! Good brother to have around.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 09:01 PM

Warm looks equals cozy motor home!

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 09:32 PM

Nice work. Looks like you can take this show on the road! ;0)


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

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 02:54 PM

Nice job Terry.

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 05:58 PM

Nice work Terry. I have done similar work within an RV adding doors to open cabinets and also cutting into unused space, adding builit in cabinets. Many times there can be a lot of wasted space behind the interior walls.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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