Monday, March 22, 2010

Bench Progress

This weekend was spent making progress on the new benches in the Amabassador. After much discussion and disagreement as to the mechanics of this project, we finally just had to dig in.  We have found the front goucho to not be big enough for the two of us. 

Even though it was adventureous to try to use it last summer, we are over the 1,2,3 turn together routine all night.  Unfortunately, I don't turn at all and Mr. Right turns every 1/2 - 1 hour, so someone was uncomfortable either way.  We are determined, though to sleep in the same bed!  The other issue we had with this Airstream was the size of the table.  I know that was the big thing was to have elegant dining for two, but for a family of six, it just didn't cut it.  We really enjoyed sitting around the table in our Clipper, so we've been determined to figure a bigger table out.
Here is the framing of the bench on the driver side.  We made it deeper than the other side, to make it even with the kitchen cupboard.  For me, it means more storage!The passenger side of the bench is framed in and has the front in place.  These benches will loose us two drawers, but will gain us some storage.  We plan to use the space under the goucho for rarely needed items. This side of the bench will be for all the shoes that we have.  If every person has a pair of tennis shoes and a pair of sandles, we have a dozen shoes in our camper!  We're hoping this will solve some of the clutter, while still making them handy next to the door.  Plus, the dirt won't be dragged into the camper.

On to the staining - my department!  Fortunately, it was a beautiful day for it!The bases are installed. I think they look beautiful.  The top is cut, but not done yet.  I'll give you more on that as it gets done!There is a little ledge on each front edge of the bench for the table to drop into.  We have the pedistals and the table top purchased and ready to go to the next step.  Unfortunately, we have a busy week and rain in the forcast for the weekend!  Stay tuned for more soon!

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  1. I see you are coming right along with the work. I haven't even started on mine yet but I'm hoping to get some good ideas from you. I'll keep watching.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  2. I can't wait to see what's next!

  3. I don't have a travel trailer but your post was very interesting.

  4. Oh how I love this!
    We have a Friday Fun Find party (on Fridays, obviously)... if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up this week!

  5. Wow the benches look great. I'll have to show this blog to my hubby. He totally wants one of these.

    Thanks for linking to CC!!

  6. absolutely great work! It's really coming along! I hopped over from Fun to Craft and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week! until later...

  7. It looks great!!! My dream is to have a vintage Airstream someday and restore it. How lucky you are!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!


  8. Thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday...your benches are great! What a fun blog, and I followed ya too!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous