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Friday, February 22, 2013

Construction Zone

Last October, before I left Mesa Verde, I removed one of the dinettes from my RV. The furnace (it was under the bench seat of the dinette) was removed by a mobile RV tech and he capped off the propane.

This left me with a few challenges to work around. I am building a couch/bed/hinged storage box.

I have a rough sketch of the project, without measurements. I measure and cut one piece of lumber at a time,  fitting it together. I started this more than a month ago and this week have added a few more pieces. It is not really taking long, I have only worked on it about 3 days during this time, maybe an hour each time.  I buy a few pieces of lumber each time I go into town.  I am using a hand saw with a miter box to cut the 1 x 4's.

Originally, I asked my son-in law, Karl, to help me - I did not think I would be able to do this by myself.  I find I am enjoying doing the work myself. I may still need his help with some of it -  I am trying to do as much as possible on my own. I hope he is not upset if I don't need his help.

I could have used another pair of hands
 to attach this long board (72 1/2" long).

Instead, to support it, I set it on a small electric heater
 and a folded up piece of paper - some wood glue and duct tape
to hold the corner before I could add some screws

 I am sure there will be some carpenters laughing
and shaking their head at how I am doing this.

Some of the things to work around

the electric for the outside outlet
the slanted piece of wood is part of the original construction
this is what I found when I removed the dinette bench

there is a little sticker upside down on this piece of wood
it says, LINEFILL and a bunch of numbers
and the date 10/2/2007

This corner is where the furnace was.
The curved area (covered with Reflectix)
is a cut-out on the side of the cabinet over the wheel well.
The vents for the furnace ran under this cabinet. 
I will frame out around this propane pipe
 and make a wall to protect the pipe.

I should have it framed out soon, not sure if I have enough
lumber or if I will need to buy another piece.

Next week I will be going to San Antonio
with Diane and Karl for 3 days,
so it will be awhile before I get around to adding
the plywood top and front.


  1. So cool that you are independent enough to tackle such a project on your own. Best of luck in making it happen.

  2. Say, if you get it accomplished, who cares is someone laughs! :)

  3. I agree with Judy... you sure are doing more than I'd ever attempt. I admire folks who just go for it!

  4. I think you are amazing. I can't do anything that involves tools. Others think I'm way too dangerous.

  5. Very interesting Teri! I am sooo tempted to remove the dinette in my View. Removing the table helped a lot, but there are times I really long for ripping out that loud, inefficient furnace and ugly, uncomfortable benches! How did the RV Tech seal up the external hole (furnace exhaust beneath the reflectix)?

    Can't wait to see your finished results! Bet you're getting excited!

  6. Wish I would learn to do stuff like that. what an accomplishment ... I agree with all of the above... so

    ditto five times ....

  7. All I can say is, better you than me ;-) For once, I'm not working on a project & am glad not to be! It will be soooo rewarding once you get it finished! I still have my furnace, but don't use it. My little space heater does a nice job of warming it up in here.
    It's going to be fun to see the finished project!

  8. Good for you Teri. It's very rewarding when we accomplish things on our own. Can't wait to see the next step.

  9. Like you, I really enjoy doing things myself. It is so rewarding. My TJ was a Master Carpenter but he also used to say...."A tube of caulk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't!"

  10. I have been thinking abut tearing out one of my dinette benches and moving a chair (I have 2 chairs instead of a couch) over to that side of the table, then I would have more room for my painting easel. I just haven't quite got up the nerve yet. I'll wait and see how your project comes out :) Bet it's going to be nice!


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