Bus Demolition Day 13: Live Edge Countertop and Even More Glue Removal!

The citristrip definitely helped to make the glue removal easier along with our friend the Multi Tool, but spending time on our knees bending over is hard on our lower backs so we can only do so much before we need to take a break.  Lucky for us we live in a beautiful forest, so we can just walk out in any direction we like and enjoy nature. 

There are a lot of Ash Trees in this area, and unfortunately there is a bug killing the trees which means they have had to cut down a few trees on the property recently. On our walks we have come across a tree that has been cut down for a while that could be turned into a live edge countertop in our kitchen. We need to figure out how to get the tree out of the forest and up off the ground to dry. We’ll keep looking around the property to see if this is our best option and do more research on this topic, but we are really loving the idea of using wood from Don’s parents property and bringing a rustic touch into our tiny home.

We still had to take out the rails that the passenger seats were attached to.  They were spot welded every 6 inches, so we used an angle grinder to cut into the metal. It worked but it looks like another grueling task, so that is a job for another day!


Up Next

We knuckle down and work on getting the seat rails out of the bus.


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Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit

We've already found this helpful with other tasks, but removing glue from the metal frame is it's latest feat!  Just as the name says it has many uses and can be used for cutting, sawing, trimming, grinding and sanding. I'm sure we will be using it again in the future!


This stripping gel can be used on wood, metal and masonry surfaces.  We used it to remove the glue from the metal frame. There are no harsh fumes so it can be used indoors.

By Mela & Don

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.

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