Fitting the cabinet in the van
As we are approaching glue-up, it’s time to check the fitting of the cabinet in the conversion van to reveal any problems or necessary adjustments.
The relative size and location are as expected and with the additional top for the cooktop, it will extend nicely above the bed. One miscalculation I made, was the bump on the step-in panel. A little scribing and removal on the bottom box will solve that.
Back to the workshop for a full glue-up and the addition of the top.
Just before glue-up, I used a 7/8” forstner bit to put a hole in the side of the top and bottom panel; a plastic irrigation pipe will be inserted as a way to guide the gas pipe or the electric cord from the cooktop to the bottom of the van.
In addition to the pipe, several pieces of ½” blocking is applied to the sides, which adds a lot of rigidness to the cabinet and creates a base for the Cherry plywood finish panels.
Most plywood connections are simple dadoes or rabbets; a little bit of ordinary wood glue will form a unbreakable link.
By dimensioning (sawing, jointing and planing) some raw Cherry lumber, I create a few 3/8” boards.
The bottom rail is fitted, the curve cut and then glued to the plywood core.
Bottom rail with its distinct curve.