Kel & Liz Johnstones - LWB
Coaster Conversion in Tassie Oak - Absolutely Brilliant!!"
Please believe us, this is one beautiful
piece of work! In fact the only other Coaster we have come across that comes even
close to the joinery standard is the LWB Coaster - Cossack, done by Kel Banks.
Layout is fairly standard with a dinette behind the drivers seat, sink and stove
near the door, double bed right across the rear and a 150 litre fridge near the
|Attention to detail is apparent everywhere you look in this
conversion and we will attempt top cover as many as we can here - there are just
so many really good ideas. The photos below show the step detail. Some clever
ideas at work here. The lovely Tassie Oak rear step actually hides a cable duct
- hence the screws. The idea behind this is to avoid running 240 volt cables under
the motorhome. Kel and Liz had the carpet professionally fitted by a mate, however
Kel did all the final wooden trimming on the carpet. Incidentally Kel completely
replaced all the plywood in the floor - a fairly large task. Note the cupboard
door behind the entry door. This was made using 50 X 25 Tassie Oak and held together
using a very clever jointing system called "pocket screwing". A 4mm
slot was cut in all pieces before assembly and this holds in the Tassie Oak plywood.
A very, very strong method of construction and far lighter than MDF with absolutely
none of the disadvantages. All surfaces were finished in Wattyl Satin. The roof
lining was left as standard.|
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photo below right shows the extensive window mullion and sill detail. Kel used
4 X 1 Tassie Oak on the verticals. To accommodate for the "bend" Kel
simply put two self tappers in the middle and screwed away until the board followed
the contour of the window. It works a treat folks and really looks "Rolls
Electrolux separate stove and oven was chosen as Liz is a really good cook and
just had to have an oven! The green shade toned in beautifully with the Tassie
Oak. The table laminex colour can be seen in the photo above right.
Above right shows the fair sized wardrobe again with
Kels pocket screwed doors - these by the way are far stronger than many of the
commercial units available. We liked the clever simple cabinet just inside the
door - on the outside of the pantry. This holds all the maps, books, pamphlets
you need on the road. We liked the way this was all so close at hand with the
dinette being directly opposite.