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Old 05-10-2014, 03:04 PM   #391
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I just want to share why it's so nice to build virtual models of cabinets before you cut a single stick of wood.

I made this model with Google Sketchup and started with only the dimensions of the space it was to fit in. I then whittled down the rectangular volume until I had the necessary parts lined out and then added the dimensions of the individual parts. It's so much easier to figure out the various lengths of the pieces when you do it this way and it's completely accurate. Now I only have to cut the pieces and put them together correctly.

This cabinet shares some of the design considerations of the kitchen upper cabinet I made already, but because the shelves are all the same depth, it's a bit easier to make. The top surface will also be the bottom of the AC duct that runs across the ceiling. The extended lip on the front of the bottom shelf will conceal under-cabinet task lighting and keep the light from hitting me in the eyes when I work at the computer. I plan to install the same bypass doors here as in the kitchen.

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Old 05-27-2014, 07:30 PM   #392
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I had a few days off from work, so I got busy and built some upper cabinets for the office area of my conversion.

While the virtual model I built on the computer was a great starting point, the realities of parts availability necessitated a few changes. I used leftover and salvaged plywood and changed the bottom shelf from 19" to 12" wide. I also slightly changed the way the shelves attach to the side supports.

My Kreg Jig Jr was pressed into service once again. Love this thing


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Installed! As with the kitchen cabinets, there will be horizontal trim installed across the front edges of the shelves. The top shelf is actually the bottom of the AC duct, so I made it from ½" plywood instead of ¾".
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:57 PM   #393
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You are going to have the best bookmobile conversion in the country. I wish I had your wood working skills. Great conversion, keep it coming!!
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:44 PM   #395
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You are going to have the best bookmobile conversion in the country. I wish I had your wood working skills. Great conversion, keep it coming!!
Thanks, guys. I'm learning as I go. As are we all.
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:55 AM   #396
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I finished the trim work and the AC duct over the office upper cabinets. I really like the way these turned out and I'll probably use the same construction design for the remaining cabinetry. It's probably not as strong as traditional methods (there are no dados or rabbets anywhere on these), but the pocket screws seem to be plenty strong enough. I certainly used enough screws and everything is ¾" stock.

I also picked up a few lengths of ¾" aluminum channel from a local sheet metal fabricator. I thought I was going to get regular extruded metal, but he actually bent my pieces to order and they came out fantastic. I'm using them for edge protection on the plywood wall sections and the rounded corners are much nicer than the sharp corners of an extruded piece. You can see one of them on the left side of this photo. I took a couple hours to sand all of the pieces lengthwise for a brushed finish (which also reduced or removed the appearance of the tooling marks from the metal brake).



Not much else to report for now, but I do have three days in a row off from work starting in a few days, so I think I might be able to get quite a bit done ... if the recent rainy weather subsides.
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:35 AM   #397
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:06 AM   #398
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I have three days off so I'm trying to get a few things done. Today I made a kitchen countertop and started fitting it into place, along with the sink. And then it started to rain, so I took my mini-assembly line into the bus and worked on some small trim pieces.

The counter is ¾" plywood, double-thick at the front edge. I'm probably going to wrap this in aluminum or stainless, depending on what kind of price I'm quoted. I keep coming back to aluminum because of the predominance of it throughout the vehicle, but I'm not sure of its use as a kitchen countertop.

Kitchen counter with sink loosely installed




The plumbing just fits under the 10" deep sink basin
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:16 PM   #399
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Finished the trim on the front edges of the cabinet shelves ...


... and built the lower cabinet frame, ready for a door. The front valance piece is only temporarily fit into place—it will be firmly attached after the countertop is done and installed


I called about sheet metal for the countertop and was quoted a hundred bucks to make a wraparound backsplash and a small edge protector from stainless steel. Except for one inch at the front edge, the countertop will be laminate of some kind. Still need to find something I like. I think the 15-inch tall backsplash will be pretty impressive, provided I don't tweak it somehow when I'm getting it into the vehicle. It should be ready for me to pick up on my next day off, so I'll share pictures of the test fit as soon as I can.
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Received my propane cooktop the other day and mounted it in the kitchen countertop. Everything looks good so far, but nothing will be permanent until I get all the parts for the kitchen.


The microwave/convection oven that was in the vehicle when I brought it home was a little beat up by the previous owner, but from the front it looks fine and works perfectly. One of the feet was slightly out of place, making the unit sit on an angle. I didn't like that, so I loosened the screws holding the bottom in place and attempted to reshape it so the feet would be aligned again. This only partially worked, so I then built two rails that are now mounted on the shelf on either side of the oven. The left and right walls of the oven ride on these rails, holding the whole thing level, and probably holding it a lot sturdier than just the four feet ever would. Eventually, I will strap down the oven to keep it from moving around on the shelf. (The little goof in the cabinetry woodwork looks terrible in the first photo, but it's only a few hundredths of an inch, so I'm not worried about it. Too much.)


Looking at the rail from the front, you can see the out-of-place oven foot on the right:


Finally, my backsplash was completed and I threw it into place for a photo. When I snapped these, I hadn't yet cut the hole for the switch over the sink, so the left side was sitting a little proud of where it will be when finished. I cut the hole today and it looks great. The sheet metal fits perfectly, although I'm not going to remove the protective film until after it's installed for the last time.




While I'm waiting for my WilsonArt countertop laminate sheet to arrive, I've started designing my clothing wardrobe for the driver's side over the water tanks. After I worked this up in SketchUp, I started simplifying it in my mind and I'm thinking it's going to be built as a very simple bottom shelf with two divider walls. I can fill the interior with removable shelves, maybe something from IKEA or The Container Store. At 64 inches wide, the wardrobe will be big enough for all my clothes and shoes with some space left over. The space underneath will be for one of the dog beds and some large photography containers. Nothing under there will be permanently mounted because I want to maintain access to the water tanks under the floor.
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