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.


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


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.


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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