To continue work on the bed, the 110V outlets are next. A small and simple job. The only 110V will be available at 2 outlets, one at the side entry doors and the other at the rear doors. They will both be connected to an inverter. I started with a shallow outlet box at the… Continue reading 110V Wiring
Just in time for Christmas. Tomorrow I’ll add a 6″ all foam mattress and I’ll be trying it out for the next week. The screw holes are covered with cherry plugs then sawed flush. Finally a lot of sanding.
I first rounded the corners of the frame and then attached the cherry corners to it with glue and screws below the wood’s surface. Each compartment access panel has a ¾” finger hole. The cherry sides are about 4″ high, more than enough for the mattress to fit in.… Continue reading The bed (6)
The top of the bed is ½” thick plywood, to be subdivided to fit the compartments be low. The two outside corner posts are made of cherry, to reflect the cherry plywood that will be attached to the outside of the bed frame. Looking good !
The bed is showing it’s final form. The 3″ overhang extends it’s sleeping surface, while minimizing it’s footprint. The extension tray (above the toilet, but still under the bed) is planned to be used as a dinner or night tray. The sliders are 16″ – 100 lbs, full extension, with an… Continue reading The bed (4)
The area under the bed is divided in compartments, from front to back: batteries, toilet, inverter & solar controller and bed linens with some extra space available on top of the wheel casing. The battery compartment allows a maximum of 4 batteries with a vent hole to the outside. I put the toilet next to… Continue reading The bed (3)
I am in a bit of a hurry, because I wanted to test the bed out on a trip to South Florida during the holidays. There is a lot of work, but fortunately much of the bed frame was pre-assembled of the last few weeks in my workshop. First I set up a few parts… Continue reading The bed (2)
Crucial in this conversion, I think, is having access to some woodworking equipment. A few years ago, I got into woodworking with a basic setup that included a jointer and planer. You need these to size the wood to the correct size. The main component of the bed is a 1¼”x1¼” wood frame. As a… Continue reading The bed (1)
Lately I am working on the van, whenever I have an hour available. This time I removed the rear door panels. They were mostly attached with hidden plastic plugs. I’m thinking of slightly enlarging the openings and creating some additional storage area inside the doors.