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Forum topic by MrSa posted 08-09-2017 07:37 PM 719 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2017 07:37 PM

I Thought this would be the place to come to for a couple of questions on my camper van build.

I’m doing a kitchen area, bench/bed fold out, cabinets, and some wall panels. I’m trying to keep everything a similar look, so before I go out and buy a bunch of lumber, I want to make sure I have an approach that’ll work for most everything. I want it to be tough and functional, but also since its such a small space, and inside a van, i might as well go for a look that I might not want to risk trying in a home..

I bought some really nice looking 1/2”x4” tongue and groove blue stain pine boards, about 50 square ft (my floorspace is about 45-50 sq. ft.) that I want to show off Originally I was thinking of using it for the floor, but since about half of it will be covered up, and the part that is showing will probably get abused, I’m thinking of using it elsewhere. (probably going with click in bamboo for the flooring)

I saw a friends project recently that used torched “sugi” wood, i think cedar. and it looked awesome. I think the dark and light/blue contrast of the sugi and blue stain could look really cool. So now I’m thinking of doing sugi for the frame, and using the blue stain for the counter top, cabinet doors, anything exterior of the basic frames for the cabinets, storage, etc..

My big questions are, for the construction technique, and knowing that im an EXTREME amateur at anything wood working and only have basic tools (but do have limited access to a wood shop) should I go for a frame style, where i attach panels to the frame?
Or go for the integral style, not sure what the correct term is?? but the technique where you use sheets and those make up the shelving/dividers, and structure vs. a frame using 1×2’s or whatever for the structure.

without past experience, i feel like that integral style would be easier for me, but thats just a guess.

If i do go that route, anyone know of a kind of sheet wood that would be strong and look better than typical plywood? if I can find something that’ll look good with the sugi technique I think i’ll go for that.

would it be plausable to make “sheets” out of say, tongue and groove planks, and use the same integral technique?

Any tips to get me headed in the right direction would be awesome, thanks!

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