The bed (6)

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. All the cherry parts are glued together and to …
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The bed (5)

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 !
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Poll: Floor covering

As always, I am already thinking about and preparing for the next phase in this project. Before going any further, I’ll have to finish the floor covering. The easy way to go is a cheap, lightweight carpet, but soon I started thinking about office carpet for its durability. Then other choices popped up: Carpet: regular, berber, office. Vinyl …
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Speed sensor repair

Just in time for the holidays my odometer stopped working. Quick research pointed in the direction of the speed sensor and the van’s maintenance codes confirmed that. A visit to the auto shop resulted in a new replacement part. 5 Minutes under the van at the transmission completed the job. I have to remind myself to …
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The bed (4)

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 automatic locking mechanism: good enough to …
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The bed (3)

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 …
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The bed (2)

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 of …
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The bed (1)

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 type …
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Ladder repair

The rear ladder is more decoration than useful attribute, but over the years screws have gone missing and rust has appeared. As it is a small job, I could do it when I had an hour to spare. First removed the ladder by removing the old screws. The rust cleaned up quite nicely and in short …
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Subfloor installation

One heavy piece of ½” plywood. Weight is always a consideration, both as in maximum payload and as in fuel economy. I estimate the weight of most items that I install and keep a total as a reminder. As for the plywood, I’ll need another sheet to finish the job.   To size the plywood, I first …
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