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Old 03-01-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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Just finished a mini-project in my van conversion transformation. Over the last two weeks I created and installed a 'hidden' extension shelf under my bed. All cherry hardwood and some cherry ply.
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Looks really good.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:17 PM   #3
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What a great site!!! You got any how-to's for any one with all thumbs , but a desire? Keep up the good work. Can't wait for the finished product.
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Nice job.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:08 PM   #5
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After finishing the pull-out shelf under the bed, Iíve been quite busy working on the rear doors. I already removed the fabric covered panels and decided to replace them with built-in cabinetry. There is only 3?-4? depth available, but every little bit of storage counts in a van.

As you can see, the cabinet itself is almost finished.



Iím working on the driverís side rear door, but the other rear door needs one too. To finalize it, I need to create two new fabric covered panels. I havenít yet decided on the updated fabrics, however they have to be ordered a.s.a.p.

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I've been busy this week with cabinetry inside the van's rear doors. Just finished the larger of the two.

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Working on the cabinetry inside the van's rear doors. Just finished the smaller of the two. Next is the installation.


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Finished the installation of the cabinets for both rear doors of my van conversion. The fabric still has to wait a little.

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #9
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Van Conversion | Built-in stove cabinet

Decisions now have to be made about a side door cabinet. Features like stove top, exterior folding shelf, interior & exterior access have to be incorporated.

Give me your ideas!

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The Cad drawings for my multi purpose cabinet have been drawn up. As all the components and details have been defined, the real work can start.

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The sliding cooktop is a very clever idea. How are you dealing with the cooking height difference (inside/outside) the van?

I like the storage you built into the rear doors. Very nice.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:56 PM   #12
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The sliding cooktop is a very clever idea. How are you dealing with the cooking height difference (inside/outside) the van?
The inside is easy. Due to the regular roof of the van (no hi-top), any 'work surface' has to remain at a low level. At approx. 2 feet high, it fits well within the overall interior height; at 5" above the bed, to which it is attached on one side, it allows the user to sit on the bed comfortably while cooking.
Outside is a bit of a compromise, where the top of the cooktop is a couple of inches below the side door window. Fairly high but certainly not inconvenient to cook a meal.

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Now the drawings are finished, we will start the cabinet by making the decorative strips.

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I like the tools I see in some of your photos.
If you lived within 100 miles of me I'd stop by to get some advice for finishing the rear my van. I wish I had carpentry skills like yours.
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I like the tools I see in some of your photos.
If you lived within 100 miles of me I'd stop by to get some advice for finishing the rear my van. I wish I had carpentry skills like yours.
To be fair, I still consider myself a newbie at woodworking after about 2 years of playing around. And only a couple of years ago I almost moved to the Moncton area, so consider me your neighbor anyway.

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Nice work,

I'm appreciating it more this week, since I've been doing some work to my kitchen cabinets at home, it's amazing how freakin' time consuming it can be. I think it's giving me ambition to get a workshop set up properly though, 80% of the time is in jigging and rigging, which I think would get cut down a bit if I had a benchtop with some pegs, and "calibrated" the bench saw and band saw such that I could set x inches width in a second or two.. and have the bench sander set up..

ATM I'm working off a "workmate" in the kitchen, with handheld saws, so it's all measure, measure, measure and check for squareness umpteen times.

Anyhoo, it's good practice for doing a van, but I think I'm gonna want an area more prepared for "production".
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Nice work,

I'm appreciating it more this week, since I've been doing some work to my kitchen cabinets at home, it's amazing how freakin' time consuming it can be. I think it's giving me ambition to get a workshop set up properly though, 80% of the time is in jigging and rigging, which I think would get cut down a bit if I had a benchtop with some pegs, and "calibrated" the bench saw and band saw such that I could set x inches width in a second or two.. and have the bench sander set up..

ATM I'm working off a "workmate" in the kitchen, with handheld saws, so it's all measure, measure, measure and check for squareness umpteen times.

Anyhoo, it's good practice for doing a van, but I think I'm gonna want an area more prepared for "production".
I'm smiling, because I'm doing the van as a good practice for doing a future kitchen...
I don't know whether a workshop is faster, it certainly is more precise and therefore everything fits better and looks more professional.
And you are right, every little bit is utterly time consuming.

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In this phase of the project, I'll build the plywood core of the cabinet and share the compartment hidden in the sub base. The use of dadoes is most prominent.

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The cabinet is fitted in the van and back in the workshop, the base core is glued up. The cherry frame is finally attached to the front of the cabinet.


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That is really nice work.
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