RV Table Upgrade

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Project by thiel posted 06-17-2019 02:12 AM 758 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We use the dinette area in our RV as a bed at night, and my kid grew tired of having to pull it all apart to set it up…. so I replaced the “standard” rv table that was there with this dropleaf/gaslift version. Now we can raise/lower the table without having to remove any cushions at all… and it makes things A LOT easier.

Some lessons to pass along:

—Always eager to try “new” wood, I made this out of thermally modified Ash. Huge mistake. The wood is so dry and brittle that if you look at it sideways it will split. I ended up reinforcing the whole underside of the table with plywood—and I suspect I will need to replace the tabletop in a year or two regardless.

—I got an HVLP sprayer years ago and for some reason was too intimidated to use it. Since I was already down the road to ruin with my wood selection, I figured damn the torpedoes and figured I’d spray this piece. I was stunned at how easy the process was—and what a great finish I got. Silly me for avoiding it for so long.

I sprayed this with General Finishes High Performance, dumped straight (no dilution) into my Earlex 5000, 1.5 tip. Easy peasy!

-- --Thiel

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#1 posted 06-17-2019 03:25 AM

Very cool! I redid ours as well but no gas shock. But we haven’t used it as a bed yet.

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#2 posted 06-17-2019 11:39 AM

Great idea.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 06-17-2019 01:46 PM

nice upgrade,hopefully it will hold up.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 06-17-2019 09:38 PM

I appreciate your honest assessment of the work. I have not really heard thermally modified Ash before. But I have read normal kiln dried white ash splits more easily than say oak. I love White ash wood myself and have used it some. Why did you choose the thermally modified Ash? Just curious on this choice. Your table is lovely and I do like the color a lot.

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#5 posted 06-18-2019 01:03 AM

Great job on this RV table. The wood and finish choices came out great. It’s a nice upgrade!

-- AJ

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#6 posted 06-18-2019 02:13 AM

Why did you choose the thermally modified Ash? Just curious on this choice. Your table is lovely and I do like the color a lot.

I had planned on walnut and the ash was near it and much cheaper. I like to try new material when I can, so I figured I’d get a similar looking result but for a lot less dough…

-- --Thiel

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