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Old 11-06-2017, 02:38 PM   #1
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Replacement Dinette Table

I was crawling through the trailer while the slides were closed and slipped/fell onto the dinette table (it was in the down position) causing it to crack/splinter along one edge (cheap chip-board) .

Have been searching for a replacement table and/or obtaining a replacement laminate but not liking what I'm finding. Some of the replacement tables are over $100 and don't match the color scheme. As for a laminate, only finding a full 4'x8' sheet and those are expensive.

I'm considering just replacing with a hardwood surface and staining it myself but I wanted to ask around what others may have done or if anyone else has a suggestions.

I'm not in a big hurry as the second dinette table is the same size and we rarely use that one so am just swapping it around.
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:45 PM   #2
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Glass half full:

You can choose ANYTHING your heart desires for that tabletop now. Something you like 100 times better than the one you already proved inferior. Do something cool and amazing even.

Then post a pic so we all envy it.
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I doubt if you will be able to find a hardwood slab large enough to be the table. If you do it will be more than the 100 bucks and very heavy or if you go with normal width 5/4 hardwood you will find yourself or someone else planing, gluing, planing again and sanding and then the finish which will easily hit your 100 dollar mark.

A 4x8x3/4" sheet of plywood can be expensive also but you can get it with different top laminates for finishing.

Whatever you choose it won't be cheap unless you go with what you've already found.
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:57 PM   #4
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Not familiar with that the rig or table you're referring... but here's what Trekwood lists for a 2015 Kodiak. All are well over $100...

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I was crawling through the trailer while the slides were closed and slipped/fell onto the dinette table (it was in the down position) causing it to crack/splinter along one edge (cheap chip-board) .

Have been searching for a replacement table and/or obtaining a replacement laminate but not liking what I'm finding. Some of the replacement tables are over $100 and don't match the color scheme. As for a laminate, only finding a full 4'x8' sheet and those are expensive.

I'm considering just replacing with a hardwood surface and staining it myself but I wanted to ask around what others may have done or if anyone else has a suggestions.

I'm not in a big hurry as the second dinette table is the same size and we rarely use that one so am just swapping it around.
What are the measurements?
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:04 PM   #6
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Measurements are 26"x38"
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:49 PM   #7
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Replace it with a couch.
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Measurements are 26"x38"
These folks will make it any size you want...

May be a little expensive but would be a nice addition.

3/4" Amber Bamboo Cutting Board - Natural Edge Grain - Cutting Board Company - Commercial Quality Plastic and Richlite Custom Sized Cutting Boards
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These folks will make it any size you want...

May be a little expensive but would be a nice addition.

3/4" Amber Bamboo Cutting Board - Natural Edge Grain - Cutting Board Company - Commercial Quality Plastic and Richlite Custom Sized Cutting Boards
Yep, expensive, 160 bucks out the gate for standard format.
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Several things come out of my head. A fella could use 3/4' plywood and finish the top with a good laminate flooring. The edges could be sanded smooth and painted or there are iron on edge tapes.

Same thing could be done with a quality vinyl laminate flooring also. Or ceramic tile but that would start to get heavy.

These ideas would come in under 100 dollars probably. The world is your oyster depending on your millwright skills and bank account.
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I've decided that I will build my own table. I have enough 1"x2" Oak floor boards left over from when I was repairing my house. Will have to use something on the bottom as a bracing so that it doesn't warp (probably other oak boards across the bottom).

I'll take pictures as I work on it...
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I managed to pick up a 4 x 4 piece of birch plywood at lowes for about $30. Custom mixed stain for about $10 (to match the color of existing cabinets) and birch edge trim that you could attach using a hot iron (for ironing clothes) to melt the hot glue on the trim) a little sanding and two coats of spar varnish. I ended up with a nice table top for about $60..


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Your "birch" idea is appealing to me. But as a cabinet maker in my previous life (30+ years ago) we would use Baltic Birch for our high-end substrates.

It's a unique product and comes in 5'x5' sizes.
Camp-Inn teardrop company uses it judiciously in their hand-built tear-drops.
If you ever looked at one closely, they are built almost like a custom boat builder did the craftsmanship. Baltic Birch is incredibly stable and far stouter than lumber core plywood. And the edges are already beautiful to look at because of the tight layers.

This is a close-up of a drawer made from the stuff. I love the looks in natural.

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Your "birch" idea is appealing to me. But as a cabinet maker in my previous life (30+ years ago) we would use Baltic Birch for our high-end substrates.

It's a unique product and comes in 5'x5' sizes.
Camp-Inn teardrop company uses it judiciously in their hand-built tear-drops.
If you ever looked at one closely, they are built almost like a custom boat builder did the craftsmanship. Baltic Birch is incredibly stable and far stouter than lumber core plywood. And the edges are already beautiful to look at because of the tight layers.

This is a close-up of a drawer made from the stuff. I love the looks in natural.

I absolutely agree.. That stuff is so nice there is no need for the edge trim...... In my case the price was right at Lowes and it did the job for me.. admittedly not as nice, but we work with what we can....
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my dinette mod

Here's what my mod looks like...
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Your "birch" idea is appealing to me. But as a cabinet maker in my previous life (30+ years ago) we would use Baltic Birch for our high-end substrates.

It's a unique product and comes in 5'x5' sizes.
Camp-Inn teardrop company uses it judiciously in their hand-built tear-drops.
If you ever looked at one closely, they are built almost like a custom boat builder did the craftsmanship. Baltic Birch is incredibly stable and far stouter than lumber core plywood. And the edges are already beautiful to look at because of the tight layers.

This is a close-up of a drawer made from the stuff. I love the looks in natural.

You too huh? I worked in a hospital cabinet shop for a few years back around '84-'86. Bought a half unit of veneer core plywood while I was working there, used the last sheet of it a couple of years ago to make something for my DD.

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Nice job!! Looks great.



Aaron, is there anything you haven't\can't do? Man, when all us dinosaurs are gone, what are our kids gonna do?
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Nice job!! Looks great.



Aaron, is there anything you haven't\can't do? Man, when all us dinosaurs are gone, what are our kids gonna do?
Well the good news is my daughter is sort of following in my footsteps.

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Nice job!! Looks great.



Aaron, is there anything you haven't\can't do? Man, when all us dinosaurs are gone, what are our kids gonna do?
Kids gonna go buy a new one!
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Sounds to me like someone is using some well deserved bragging rights..

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