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Old 06-11-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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Completed a couple of projects

Back in the early winter I started a couple of projects (posted about the early deconstruction here: before the construction...)... Then winter got seriously cold and I didn't want to work on the trailer... Then work got busy and I couldn't work on the trailer...

Finally got a couple of the projects done.

The first is my take on the under-bed drawers. I did something a little different -- I used the original cabinet doors as the drawer front. Now, instead of swinging the doors open you pull them out. The drawers are about 18" deep -- this leaves a fair bit of room under the bed for storing camp chairs and similar things.

The drawers ride on a couple of hard casters, so there are no drawer slides that needed to be mounted to the floor or on the side.

Each drawer has a strip of low-friction plastic on each top edge to guide them into position and allow them to slide against each other. A couple of brass latches keep the drawers in place while on the move.

The second is a shelf that goes over the stove, where the range hood used to be. An axiom of efficiency in a small space is that everything must have its place, and everything must be put in its place when not in use. The downside of this is that the commonly used items are constantly being taken out and put away. So a shelf for quick access to the common items is a useful thing. Currently we plan to put the coffee mugs and drink tumblers here, but who knows what will be stored here in the future. To keep the contents of the shelf in place while moving, there's a front side that comes down and latches into place. When we're not moving, it swivels up and a little velcro holds it out of the way.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:51 PM   #2
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Very nice Doug! I love the ingenuity of folks, thanks for sharing! Hummmmm wheels turning....
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:48 AM   #3
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Nice work, db. Very clean look.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:05 AM   #4
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Innovative and most excellent workmanship...
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:10 AM   #5
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Nicely done Doug. How did you attach the shelving above the kitchen? I have been wondering if it is wise to drill into the outside wall. Might you have attached from above?
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Yeah, into the shelf above... 3 screws, all at the back where they bite into the framing inside the hollow shelf. The screws are robertson head, so I can install them with a short bit in a ratcheting socket -- no way to get a screw driver in there.

The fan hood that was there was held in place with 4 machine screws down through the shelf above. This left the heads of the machine screws (and a washer) sticking up above the shelf. This makes the shelf unflat, and catches on things as you put them in and out of the cabinet. Such details strike me as sloppy and annoy me.

No way I'd drill into the outside fiberglass if I could avoid it. Given that here we're under the awning, and there's a big hole in the fiberglass for the range hood vent anyways, I might be convinced to put in a hole if it were necessary, but it wasn't.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #7
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Thanks Doug. I imagine I will head down that road once we receive our trailer. I also intend on modifying some of the cabinets below the kitchen in a similar fashion to what you have done under the bed of your 19.
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Wow Doug, I am impressed. Your "slideless drawers" are definitely an original variation of the under bed storage drawer concept, and make it easier to maximize on space. I have had a variation of this concept rumbling around in my head for awhile now. Think I will let it fester a little longer and maybe implement my own plan this fall.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:38 PM   #9
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Looks great. Thanks for the post.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:00 PM   #10
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Love those ...really nice !
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