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Old 09-13-2016, 02:23 PM   #141
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I don't quite have the fine woodwork skills nor all the good tools for producing such nice cabinetry. Nevertheless my box over the wheel well and the medicine cabinet I mounted are reasonable and functional. All my mods have worked well and my DW is very happy with them.

Going to North Carolina for 2 weeks Habitat starting early October then on to Dade City, FL for 4 months building. Give it a shot sometime - it's very rewarding and you meet some great people and some with interesting lives.

In FL I hope to do some more research into ambulances when I'm riding around and also I may come back via Brindlee Mountain to see their vehicles on the way home. Looking ahead for a new TV.

Keep up the good work.

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Old 09-13-2016, 04:17 PM   #142
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I've been following the ambulance builds on ExpeditionPortal.com. The Medium Duty ambos (either Freightliner or International) have a 14ft box but plenty of weight capacity. The box can become an RV with some changes, can carry the bike if needed, can tow an RV if a hitch and brake circuitry is added, and has LOTS of storage to carry tools, and all the stuff that won't fit in the 26RR. Can't afford the Volvo truck so this is my next best.
Used ones are affordable also. I have a year of dreaming to go yet.
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Old 12-25-2016, 06:54 PM   #143
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Got some cabinets made. Here they are test fitted, will stain them and install this week.
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Old 12-25-2016, 06:58 PM   #144
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Got some cabinets made. Here they are test fitted, will stain them and install this week.


Very nice. They will really add to the storage space in the 26RR.
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Got some cabinets made. Here they are test fitted, will stain them and install this week.

Very nice work. I have found a mix of dark oak and Kona comes close to the color of stain on original cabinets. That's if you have not experimented yet? What type of wood did you use?
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Very nice work. I have found a mix of dark oak and Kona comes close to the color of stain on original cabinets. That's if you have not experimented yet? What type of wood did you use?
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mxdad ~ nice looking skills there with the cabinets! Looks like what you've been going for.
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Very nice work. I have found a mix of dark oak and Kona comes close to the color of stain on original cabinets. That's if you have not experimented yet? What type of wood did you use?
It is pine...wanted something that was light weight. I used a tint called Jacobean....slightly darker than a dark walnut. I tested it on a kick panel and it looked too light, but when I stained it, the Jacobson looked too dark. Once I added a urethane coating, it lightened it up just enough. You can tell there is a difference, but most of it comes from grain.
I saw your post and looked for those colors, but my local Ace Hardware didn't have anything like that. I'll post pics tomorrow when I get everything anchored and the urethane dries.
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mxdad ~ nice looking skills there with the cabinets! Looks like what you've been going for.
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It is pine...wanted something that was light weight. I used a tint called Jacobean....slightly darker than a dark walnut. I tested it on a kick panel and it looked too light, but when I stained it, the Jacobson looked too dark. Once I added a urethane coating, it lightened it up just enough. You can tell there is a difference, but most of it comes from grain.

I saw your post and looked for those colors, but my local Ace Hardware didn't have anything like that. I'll post pics tomorrow when I get everything anchored and the urethane dries.

Did you tear out the old boards over wheel well and build new. I made mistake on mine first time and built over it. First trip I found all cabinets tipped over. The staples they use do not hold. Between rebuilding base and screwing to floor and hitting studs in wall with screws it has not moved.

Your cabinets do look great. It would be cool if all of us that have done extensive modifications could meet up sometime so we could see them first hand.
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