Building A Drawer

20 07 2011

Ayo pointed out that until recently, a lot of my RV work has been fixes rather than upgrades. That’s not to say that upgrades haven’t taken place. We’ve installed solar and an inverter and done work with window shading, among other things. But for the most part, we’ve dealt with fixing the minor problems that emerge when you have a house on wheels.

We put together another upgrade a week or so ago, when we built a drawer while parked at the Mount Elbert trailhead. We have a very deep and narrow pantry cabinet that we’ve been using to store spices, but the annoyance of the deep cabinet was that beyond the first few rows, you couldn’t see which spices you were reaching for.

Until last week!

Before

The cabinet is around three feet deep and five inches wide.

Some Of The Hardware

Some Of The Hardware

Finding the right rails wasn’t such a big deal, but we wanted to make sure that the spices wouldn’t fall off of the drawer when we pulled it out. In the end – and with the help of a few clever people at Lowe’s – we pulled together a couple of things that aren’t otherwise meant for drawers: vent grating and spray-on rubber. The grating ended up as our siding, and the rubber spray dulled the edges.

In Progress

In Progress

Drilling Is Fun. For Real.

Scissors Look So Wimpy Next To A Drill

The Drawer With Side-Guards

The Drawer With Side-Guards

We wedged the siding between the rails and the drawer bottom, then screwed the rails into place.

Ready To Go In The Cabinet

Ready To Go In The Cabinet

Because of a cabinet peculiarity, we ended up not having to drill or screw into the cabinet floor or walls. The lip of the cabinet blocked about 1″ of cabinet space, so we wedged some precisely-cut pieces of wood on the sides of the cabinet to effectively bring the sides 1/2″ closer and match up the cabinet opening with the inner cabinet walls.

Final Product

Final Product

It works! The only thing we need to add now is a handle for the front of the drawer. Relative to the rest of the project, that should be a breeze.

posted by yair

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7 responses

20 07 2011
Momopps

WOW! That looks professional and very functional too! Congrats!!

Now, what was that bag of junk food in the cabinet. . . . ?

22 07 2011
Yair

Good eye! You found our (no longer existing) chocolate pudding stash!

20 07 2011
Christy @ Technosyncratic

Wow an awkwardly-sized cabinet space! Nice work-around, though… that looks professional grade. 🙂

22 07 2011
Yair

Professional grade, I don’t know. But awkwardy-sized cabinet… for sure!

20 07 2011
Stumpy and me

Oh! I like it! I’m sure I’ll be referring back to this!

Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

20 07 2011
Briana

Good idea! 😉 You did a very great job.

21 07 2011
gumo

A boy and his toys! Great job and very functional, too.

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