Building an Adventure Van

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  1. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    That panel looks nice. Masonite is not my favorite material. . . if you could get 1/8" baltic birch, that stuff is really the shit for what you're doing- around here the hardwood/cabinet maker supply place has it for $10 per 5'x5' sheet. The other option is (nominal) 1/4" birch ply in 4x8 sheets, it's usually more like 3/16" or even a bit thinner, it's definitely not 1/4".

    Have you tried any panels with a thin foam behind the fabric or with the padding you got?
  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    The local lumberyard has 1/4" ply (which is 3/8) but it is quite a bit heavier than the masonite and not nearly as flexible (I need to be able to match the curves of the ceiling/walls).

    We haven't tried any foam backing yet. Apparently OSV uses 1/8" ply with 1/8" closed cell foam glued to it.. then the fabric.. that said I can't find 1/8" closed cell foam fabric sheet anywhere locally and am hesitant to order $100+ worth of the stuff without testing it first.

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  3. mcook0525

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    In my limited experience of working upholstery, that glue spot should clear up. I've seen and done much worse, and they all disappeared.
  4. James Adams

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    ...as long as it wasn't <15°C when the glue was applied, it'll just disappear completely. :uhoh






    Well, really, I have no idea. :lol3
  5. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Yeah. All I can say is that if there's a local place that does hardwood/cabinet grade plywood, that's where I'd head to look for some nice 1/8" ply. I'd send you some, but I get the feeling that shipping plywood is not going to be economical :lol3

    I see a lot of stuff packed in the thin (1/16 or 1/8") closed cell white foam, especially appliance parts. Maybe some of that would give you an idea of the look if you thought you wanted to try it. And These guys have 1/8" foam pretty cheap.
  6. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I've been googling trying to find any source but no luck. I need to make a cabinet maker friend to find his supplier.


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    sooooo...You're just going to give up then?
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  9. p-luc

    p-luc Let play out-side

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    Have you try "loan" wood, it like ply wood but with a lot of flex in it and it a 1/4" thick. In montreal it 12$ a 4'x8'. Easy to work and good in humidity.
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    Lauan plywood (sometimes also known as Luan)
  11. p-luc

    p-luc Let play out-side

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    It true, sorry for my spelling


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  12. TooFast

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    Well, it all depends if you wear the skirt or the pants in the household :evil

    Compromise unfortunately is sometimes (usually) not a two way street
  13. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Try "bending ply", "wiggle wood", "wacky wood".

    Columbia Forest Products and some other companies make it. I've used it as a substrate for veneered curved aprons for furniture. The stuff can be rolled up and shipped in a square box. It bends in only one direction. You can choose it to bend either the long way or the other way.
  14. tallrider

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    Aircraft spruce website. 1/8 inch multiply shipped to your door ups. I think they have 2x4 and 4x4 sheets. A little pricy but a great material to work with.
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  16. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Maybe this helps? It looks like longboarders are also using 1/8" baltic birch ply. You've probably already found that though. . .
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    Darn strange Ed, I found some 1/8 at the Broomfield Lowes. I cut them to fill the whole door as I think it looks cleaner, then used those badass rivnuts to hold it in place. Worked out well methinks. I wonder if I'll be doing it all again in a years time!
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  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Paul: where'd you order the sink/stove combo from? Online or did you find it local?

    :freaky

    p.s. I can't sheet the rear doors.. I have windows waiting in the garage for me to cut big holes in them...
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    Giggity ..........

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    One of y'all needs to go down this road......


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