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Conversion, RV, School Bus -

Once the insulation was complete, it was time to decide where we wanted everything to go. It made sense to have the living room in the front when you first walked in. If our TN selves are anything like our FL selves, we will be entertaining and hosting events, even when we move into our micro home! So we needed to leave enough space in the front for a couch or two. I foresee some fun dinner parties in our future!   The midsection will be the kitchen with plenty (relatively speaking) of counter space to me to cook up...

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Conversion, RV, School Bus -

Now that the bus was stripped to the bare bones, it was time to build her back up. After cleansing the steel with Xylene, we applied a generous coat of oil-based Rustoleum paint to serve as protective enamel. We have big plans for our bus so can’t be worrying about preventable things like rust! In case you didn’t know, our primary goal it is to live in the bus (all 300 square feet of it!) for a year or so while we build our shipping container home in the great state of Tennessee! Hey, I never said we were sane....

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Conversion, RV, School Bus -

Life tends to get in the way, A LOT. Before we knew it, nine months had flown by and we hadn’t made any substantial progress on the bus. However, that was all about to change. First things first, we had strip the interior, all the way down to the galvanized steel floors. The obnoxious blue carpet was first on the list to go. Under the carpet was an inch and a half of padding used to protect the kiddos that were previously using this bus as a gymnasium. Not sure how I would feel about that if I was their...

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cnc, CNC Plasma Iteration 1, plasma cutter -

Sweet, this contraption works. Ok, now to clean it up a little. Make it presentable so it’s not so difficult to look at and operate. The cords were a mess, so that is something to take care of… IMMEDIATELY. How? Cable trays, paint… Oh, we were also using a hand torch attached to the floating head. That won’t do. It’s really amazing what a little paint can do to spruce things up a little. If you couldn’t tell, we like green, a LOT.  We added a water table to absorb all the gases that are emitted from the plasma cutting process....

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CNC Plasma Iteration 1 -

Iteration 1 was a magical creation. A pile of steel and parts were assembled and molded into a working CNC machine. Who would've thought? Well, as with any project, there are always improvements to be made. Several iterations must be performed in order to perfect a design. What was wrong with iteration 1? - The X axis had too much flex. It was only tack welded in the beginning, and we ran this way for some time because it worked...kinda.- The Z axis was extremely slow. Touch and go took so long that I would almost nod off in between...

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