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Old 01-25-2022, 09:35 AM   #1
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Kitchen cabinets

Good day to all!! Hope everyone is safe and healthy! Iím looking for some advice on how others have installed the cabinets above the stove/sink etc. I have a plan but want to see if thereís a better way that would hold some weight if need be. (Not a body, but maybe a stack of dishes) What wood (2x3,2x4 along the roof) do I want to use metal angle iron or wood along the ceiling? And how deep and tall would you recommend the cabinets be?
Thank you very much everyone!!
Best regards Frank

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Old 01-25-2022, 02:45 PM   #2
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I am not using wood if I can. I will try to find some of the overhead storage from another bus. I have found some fiberglass overhead bins from a shuttle and will attach that to the roof. To me, wood is clunky, heavy and space consuming. I like aircraft composite panels.. like what is often used for a floor.

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Old 01-25-2022, 05:04 PM   #3
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Here's the spot in my build thread where I started on my overhead storage bins: https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/r...tml#post438971

I used step treads from Home Depot as the basic building material. These are 11" x 4' x 1" and perfectly straight (as opposed to COVID-era 2x4s which are more like Gandalf's staff). I ripped them in 2" widths on my table saw to form the basic structure.
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My bus is a fiberglass composite shell, and simply screwed a 3/4" x 1-1/2" ledger directly into the wall and roof structure on the inside. To this I secured the cabinets, which are also 3/4" plywood. Rock solid, so far.
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Old 01-26-2022, 07:21 PM   #5
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I am not using wood if I can. I will try to find some of the overhead storage from another bus. I have found some fiberglass overhead bins from a shuttle and will attach that to the roof. To me, wood is clunky, heavy and space consuming. I like aircraft composite panels.. like what is often used for a floor.

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interesting

i joined a fringe fb group on foamie campers. i'd bet you could use that construction method for light weight cabinets....foam, plwood, fabric, glue... i want to try

i made my own cabinets out of 3/4 ply. and they hang from the ceiling by hinges screwed to the ribs. the lower portion of the cabinet is pocket screwed into the wall.
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Old 01-26-2022, 09:49 PM   #6
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My kitchen overhead cabinets are entirely metal-framed, with no load-bearing wood at all. (I HATE wood!) I rebent some steel formed angle to the angle needed to hang them from the ceiling's curvature, then bolted this angle to the roof ribs using PlusNuts and 1/4" Gr.8 bolts. Above the windows I bolted 6061-T6 1" angle to the structural longitudinal steel tube there, tapping 1/4"-20 threads directly into the 3/8"-thick steel. The cabinets' floors are 12" x 48" x 1/8" sheet aluminum, bolted to the wall 6061 angle and hanging from the ceiling steel angle by 6063 flat 1' x 1/8" hanger strips, with another length of 6061 angle on the outer lower edge. Everything is bolted with stainless 10-32 machine screws and NyLok nuts, or with 1/4" Gr.8 bolts. These cabinets will hold whatever weight is in them, yet they're still quite lightweight compared to making them from wood (which wouldn't be anywhere near as strong anyway). So far, so good.

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Like IJ, I hate wood. Therefore I made my kitchen cabinets out of metal. I welded 1/4" x 20 nuts to fender washers and then welded the assembly to the roof. Jack

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Old 01-28-2022, 07:59 PM   #8
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Like IJ, I hate wood. Therefore I made my kitchen cabinets out of metal. I welded 1/4" x 20 nuts to fender washers and then welded the assembly to the roof. Jack

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They are beautiful! Yeah, way to go! Take care of function, then form will take care of itself.

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