now this is weird, Internet is so slow my phone got up faster! go figure… be back when things speed up….. I can’t move this slow….. see ya later…… Heck, it never took that either… it’s Monday morning and my time is pressed but let me try and plunk a little here about these new overhead cabinets we’ve put together.
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Using this heated vacuum form prosess we’re looking for a unique finished appearance. I mean anyone can do true hand finished cabinets and I’m taking nothing from the trade. My Grandad was a finish wood worker for Broyhill Furniture in Marion NC….. heck I love fine finished wood but true finished cabinets for our GMC would cost so many man hours to produce that in manufacturing other finishes and processes were used and still are. Go buy a piece of furniture today… looks like solid wood but it’s not and the countertop is probably some form of laminate surface. Some say…. “Oh, that’s not real wood”…… what IS all wood anymore? No argument there but finished wood not only is expensive but cannot take the abuse you have in real life in a well used motorhome or a family kitchen for that matter. This is why “Fo finish” wood and other finish cabinets and walls are used. Laminate works fine for walls but building laminate cabinets you have corners and sometimes 3d edges which laminate simply cannot do. Here is a compete set of overhead cabinets from a coach I helped build in 1995. Note the corners are covered with trim…. nice.. very nice but just not the same. It really still is nice though… THIS is the barrier I want to break. It’s going to take a new finish medium to make this happen… Here are the raw cabinets we have built to feed into this process. These are the 2 foreward cabinets over the large windows. Wood finished faces using 3/4″ plywood sides. Willie got out a paint brush and cleared all the interior of the cabinets… nice touch man. So this weekend was pretty busy putting all 5 overhead cabinets together .. finished and ready for their finished woodgrain plastic covering. BTW, this is the microwave/convection/grill appliance cabinet. Note the cut away ventilation holes to allow the convection air system to work. But the really exciting stuff is the finish… and here it is. Plastic based, woodgrain, formed finish cabinets
Oops, outa time for right now… come back in an hour or so… it’s worth it…
2 eggs.. scrambled, a mess o-grits nad an English muffin smothered in grape jelly for desert… nothin finer than a good breakfast…. So on with the process……. the yield is a really good looking set of overheads The finish is what we want, smooth, clean woodgrained plastic covered cabinets … not real wood, better really for this application
You just can’t have a corner like that! I couldn’t wait, first thing this morning I slammed the microwave cabinet into place. That along with the rest of the vacuum formed wall panels…. ding..ding..ding… we have a winner! Weeks of planning, learning process, researching materials and here is the first look. Still messy and we need to finish off so much more but here it is… an all new interior.. vacuum formed If you stand still in any business you move backwards, this is a new process I hope to use more. A vacuum formed interior is already in line for Ruby so I expect you will see much more of this from us. The more we learn the better we get. Thanks Willie & Nancy for letting me make you my lab rat… This is how progress is made.
One other note today… some folks have “stretched” their coach. It’s a very involved process to increase the interior by only 2′ but some feel it’s what they need. If you are one of those… STOP and listen. Here is a 28′ rear stretch coach… makes it a twin bed floorplan inside that is now available. Asking price is $19,000 and brother, that is a stael.. that is if you need a 2′ longer coach. John D. loves his stre3tch…. if you wanna buy a GMC and would entertain astretch.. give me a call right now.. this coach will not last… It has been maintained and stored here at the Co-op for the past couple of years. It’s now for sale… call me CALL NOW, do not wait.
See ya tomorrow.