It’s time to finish the kitchen area of the van and that also means a new hardwood countertop! As always, I start rough-sawn hardwood and I chose Mahogany again, to stay consistent with the other countertop at the sliding door. It’s easy to work with and has usually an attractive pattern. I had one piece… Continue reading Kitchen Countertop
The rough countertop is now scribed against the sides and back edge. After cutting it to size and sanding the edges, I start working on the front edge. By doubling up the edge, the illusion of a thick top is created. Because of the tension in the wood, I use screws in addition to the… Continue reading Mahogany Countertop – Part 2
In the previous video I was unsuccessful in attaching the ceiling panel with the 3M Dual Lock, velcro-type fastener. Today I have a different approach and use the van’s own hydraulic jack with an extension pole, to force the Dual Lock strips together. It is a slow process, where I follow each of the two… Continue reading Van Ceiling Panel – Part IV
I continue where I left off in the previous article Van Ceiling Panel Part I. As a reminder, I use an automotive tweed protected against daily wear and UV, very similar in color and texture as the front seats of the van. In this video, I start by gluing the edges of the fabric to… Continue reading Van Ceiling Panel – Part II
After fitting and testing the gray water tank, I do the final installation. I also add a vent pipe, close an unused opening and add a 12V valve to the dump line.
Took a break from my toilet adventure and finished most of the work on the pantry. The drawer fronts and closet door are still missing, but they will be added much later. Meanwhile, I will take all the closet parts down again, put finishes and Formica where they have to go, work on the electric… Continue reading Building A Pantry
Have been working lately on a travel bed for Joey and included an interesting inlay of my channel logo on its side. Only the a small foam mattress is still missing. That will be added in the next couple of weeks. I also finished the second lock of the Murphy bed.
As usual, I’m working on different projects at the same time. The gray water tank is central to the future separating toilet, the shower, water heater and kitchen sink installation.
It took me a couple of weeks, from design to installation, yet the final result is better than expected. The idea for this project started with a comment from one of my subscribers. He suggested to close the lower step-in area at the sliding door, in favor of a one-piece, flat floor. Eliminating the chance… Continue reading Foldable Step Stool & Storage
Storage space in my van comes at a premium and I have to optimize every little corner, that’s available to me. I choose individual wooden boxes for a clean setup, to fill the area between the rear kitchen and both rear doors.