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Old 12-14-2013, 12:49 PM   #3196
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You should bring Olivia by... we'll hand it to her and see how long it takes until she shoots one of us

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Old 12-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #3197
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it took you 1:30 to open a box and to 4:00 to use the damn thing…yep pretty boring
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:14 PM   #3198
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Let me preface by saying I know NOTHING about working with fabric or upholstery (I guess I could have prefaced this entire build with the same warning ).

I decided to choose somewhere that looks relatively easy.. and wouldn't waste a huge amount of materials if I got it wrong.

Inside the sliding door of the van is a plastic cover above the window:




I looked through my scrap would pile and found a piece that was just about the perfect size. The wood is a bit thicker than would be ideal, but close enough. I traced the piece of plastic onto it, fired up the bandsaw and 5 minutes I had this:



Got the fabric roll out and cut a foot off of it



My plan was two fold:
1) glue the wood to the fabric
2) staple it on the backside

I did spray one side of the wood and then placed it back on the fabric. Unfortunately the temperature in the garage is in the 30s today and outside the parameters of the glue



...but I placed it down and got to stapling.

I still haven't figured out how to do corners. I tried one end by "cutting and pulling" the fabric (little wedges) and I tried the other end by just pulling and stretching the fabric (this fabric seems to stretch enough to go around these corners). They both turned out about the same and were both a pain in the arse.
I'll have to experiment some more as I go to the next piece.

The results:







...and held up in position in the van:



I still haven't figured out how I'm going to drill mounting holes into it without screwing up the fabric?
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:26 PM   #3199
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You could drill from the back side and razor cut the fabric or I wonder if that super heavy duty velcro would work on the smaller panels...

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Old 12-14-2013, 03:27 PM   #3200
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Things I need to figure out:

1) easiest way to make seamless corners
2) do I want foam backing behind the fabric?

I have some 1/8th batting and some 1/4 batting.

I was thinking maybe 1/8th behind the walls to give them a bit of softness.
I wonder if this batting would work?


Same for the benches..would this soften them a bit or would it end up looking like a rippled mess?


....perhaps I should be using closed cell foam instead of this stuff?

I'm assuming I need to glue the fabric to the wood to keep it from sagging (especially the ceiling).

Does anyone know if Outside Vans or Van Specialities put foam behind their fabric panels?

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:35 PM   #3201
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The batting if nothing else will help minimize the tin can effect from your speakers, also it will help you minimize wrinkles in the outer fabric.

check this out, it is how I do most of my corners (mind you that is about every 5 years, so not a professional). http://faygraysonhome.blogspot.com/2...ersmy-way.html
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:37 PM   #3202
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pre drill the wood. use soldering gun to make hole in fabric once it is stapled.
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Old 12-14-2013, 04:02 PM   #3203
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Can you show a backside pic of the wedge cuts vs stretching and stapling?

Seems as though flatter the better for mounting/appearance - maybe even glue the panels in place and not have numerous fasteners showing?

Having a hard time seeing how batting would improve anything except hold moisture

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Old 12-14-2013, 04:05 PM   #3204
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Toofast: I thought I had some in my phone but I don't. I'll snap some pics in the morning when I'm back in the garage again.

Someone on Sprinter forum suggested using industrial velcro for fastening walls. I have a rivnut tool, I was just going to do rivnuts and make everything bolt on/off.

...after I figure out how to drill a hole without shredding the fabric

I'll try using rtheuy's idea and burning a hole on a test piece tomorrow as well.. see how well it melts.
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Old 12-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #3205
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can't you use some of those christmas tree shaped interior panel fasteners that are standard on autos? I'd probably do that and just a couple bolts per panel, for a clean look. I think using the batting is a good idea.
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Old 12-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #3206
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Ancient Chinese proverb - if you use a twist drill, rotate it CCW so it won't "catch and ball up your fabric"....used this trick many times installing vinyl, etc. Sounds goofy but it works on fabrics! If you're lucky it may just separate the fabric weaves and not cut them causing runs, snags.

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Old 12-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #3207
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Velcro is good. And use foam instead of quilt batting.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:07 PM   #3208
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On mine I use 0.25'' foam, the curve look better.
All my board were profit with all the hole and with a spike I was marking the fabric with a sharpie. Don't forget when you make your wood panel to give room for the fabric, I got screwed with that at one point. to safe time I glue also at the back with 3m super 77, that way you save your hands, you don't need to hold the fabric.
I don't remember how to put photo in, but I will figure it out.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:50 AM   #3209
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