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Old 10-03-2019, 11:41 AM   #1
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anyone done any interesting aesthetic cabinet modifications?

Anyone out there done any cool woodwork on top of or replacing the SMB build cabinets?

I love my rig (2017 Sprinter 4x4 RB 150S). The one thing that I knew would come up short is the look of the cabinetry and finish. All else being equal (and definitely I know it is not), I would prefer a wooden boat look and feel. I don't love the look of the plastic wrapped around the MDF, for example, although again I appreciate it for durability and functionality.

So, I'm wondering if anyone else has done modifications.

Specifically, I'm thinking of engaging our cabinet maker friend to replace the fronts of the drawers with some sweet hardwood versions, and perhaps work on replacing the plastic bits with something more pimped out, while keeping the cabinet bodies as is. Would be a compromise in both directions but I'm keen to explore possibilities.

I understand that doing so would result in a less durable setup, and also that real wood moves around with changes in humidity, but on first approximation I'm told that this shouldn't be too huge of a problem given that we're talking about relatively small pieces, and that I'm willing to accumulate some nicks and scratches over time.

Anyhow, this is not yet well thought out, and certainly poorly formulated, but I'd welcome the chance to learn from others experience, and perspective, before setting this up.
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:19 PM   #2
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I'm currently in the process of doing just that. Have rebuilt my door pantry and replaced the two door cavity covers with solid hickory. My rig is a 2001, so it has the crapy MDF panels which are very susceptible to moisture swelling. That said, solid wood will be much tougher than factory. For ease of repair, I've elected to not use stain, only polyurethane. That way, just a little sanding and reapplication would fix any scratches. I believe your 2017 probably has actual plywood not MDF. I too plan on leaving the casework (for now) and just re-due the fronts.
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:49 PM   #3
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That's what I'm TALKIN about! So great to see what you're doing!

yes, I've got the plywood not MDF, and no complaints, it's a beautiful rig, but there's no art in it.

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I'm currently in the process of doing just that. Have rebuilt my door pantry and replaced the two door cavity covers with solid hickory. My rig is a 2001, so it has the crapy MDF panels which are very susceptible to moisture swelling. That said, solid wood will be much tougher than factory. For ease of repair, I've elected to not use stain, only polyurethane. That way, just a little sanding and reapplication would fix any scratches. I believe your 2017 probably has actual plywood not MDF. I too plan on leaving the casework (for now) and just re-due the fronts.
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:11 PM   #4
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Old 10-06-2019, 12:33 PM   #5
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Great video, great build, Len and Joanne!
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