7. Side work and kitchen design

Cutting the starboard side EXACTLY like the port was easier said than done.  I wasn’t comfortable cutting 1 1/2″ of plywood clamped together. I tried the string loop, but it didn’t seem to match.   I ended up clamping the cut corners and using them as my templates.   It worked.

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Clamping together, using the cuts as right angle holders allowed me to belt sand the curves almost evenly…close enough.

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Then back down on the floor to figure out the kitchen area.   There are a million variations so I went with the simple one, (:  3 shelves, no drawers or pull-outs.  Everything I want will fit neatly in tubs or book holders.

I had originally wanted to be able to pull out the kitchen and put it in the back of my Escape, but a cooler head prevailed:  What if I changed cars?  How much more time would I spend on planning? Would the result be worthwhile? No, I would glue and screw the kitchen into the walls and rest it on the floor. The only wrinkle I threw in was a few supports would be screwed NOT glued to help with removal if I ever did want to do a Kitchen update.

Most teardrops that I have seen give 6′ for the sleeping area.  I increased it to 6’6″.  I just felt that 6′ was a bit tight.

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Measuring for an unknown cooler gave me heartburn but, oh, well. Got it done. Then taped and put a layer of finish on it.  The tape covers where the glue will be.  I read that glue sticks better without any finish on the wood.  I’ll see how spar finish looks on it tomorrow.  I think better. Shinier, anyway.

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