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Mark Motsko, Powell Butte, Oregon
Camper Dinette Table Reconfiguration
2016 Chevy Silverado
2016 Bigfoot 1500
The original dinette table in our camper was designed to convert into a spare bed, something we didn’t have a need for. We also didn’t need the seating against the outside wall.
What we wanted was to maximize the table surface while allowing easier dinette access. To accomplish this I purchased a 4×8 sheet of 3/4-inch (18mm) plywood and cut it it 40-inches by 32-inches. The portions closest to the outside wall were tapered to 20-inches.
To support the new table, a larger mounting plate was used. I also added a vertical support of Baltic Birch against the outside interior wall. This was fastened by using a Kreg pocket hole jig and screws.
The sides were routed using a half-round bit. The surface was sealed with Danish natural oil and multiple layers of Varathane floor paint.
We love the extra space for seating and the added table surface.
It took me eight hours to complete this modification and cost me $80. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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