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Old 12-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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Added dinette bench access + storage

D. I. Y. Cutout bench sides to add doors for better storage access!!

Our Thor Freedom Elite dinette only had seat plates (screwed down but made with finger holes??) to access under storage (100 quarts as measured by 2 of a 32Qt bin plus another 50% of that) .....

WALLS are 3/4" MDFB so i chose my ROTOZIP and followed the inside framing as my cutout guides. Bits will wander so my cut needed a few cleanup cuts by small battery circular saw then sanding.
DOORS - we used 1x12" painted with flush pulls and spring loaded flush hinges from Home Depot. Openings became 10"x20" so finished doors are 11"x17".
COSTS - under $30.00
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
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Looks good. Used rotozip once and decided it wasn't for me. That thing looks easy to use in the infomercial but must take alot of practice to master. I too would like to know the reason for finger pulls on screwed down access as our coach was same way. Ours even have hinges. Was easy fix for me. Just removed the holddown screws.
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