Friday, February 13, 2015

Making things civilized

These days, I'm about 1/2 way through cutting and installing the galley pieces.  The plan is to install everything, make sure our various effects will work with the configuration I dreamed up, then take it all apart, finish each piece, and re-install.  I have little interest in trying to sand and finish inside all those tiny spaces, particularly considering the number of laps you have to do for polyurethane.

But first, let's take a look at those pretty spars.  That sheet of plywood is just hangin' out in the corner, keeping things square:

Of course, it was some yahoo's idea that we should have a skylight and a vent fan in the roof, so we need to frame those in now.  The skylight has attractive, curved corners, which will make it more convenient to install in general:

Lovely work.  Here's the top of the base cabinet, which will form the counter top and the bottom of the electrical raceway inside the cabin.  Fin is pounding in some angle brackets using that little piece of wood.  At this stage, he sincerely believes we are making an airplane.  Silly boy.  That's for the next project, right after we buy enough flat land to make an airstrip:

The sun came out on Sunday, and I happily worked with the garage door open all day.  Fin and Terri gardened and worked in the yard, cross-assisting as necessary.  Periodically, I got a tickle fight.  Great day!

This little stinker thinks the base cab is just the right size for his bed.  I'm just noticing now how wet he was:

Here's the base cabinet installed from the cabin side, showing the bottom electrical raceway and the mid raceway.  That's where things like wiring, fuses, and plugs will go.  It's surprisingly difficult to build a 2-side-access set of cabinets with 1/2" stock and hide all the screws:

See, there's even a clever little hatch for access.  Golly gee, I just thought of everything!  Remember, this is all just roughed in for now.  Much exciting finishing work to come later, and a facing / dividing plate (presently cut, not yet fully installed) over this assembly as well:

What a great looking half-built kitchen!  A 5-foot counter is roomier than I thought it would be.  Not exactly your modern steam kitchen, but a huge step up from squatting beside a rock.  It's the perfect height for casually leaning on while we sip beer and forget about whatever is cooking on the stove.

Incidentally, there is a small conflict with the impromptu re-alignment of the base cabinets and the future hatch assembly.  I'll need to take off those braces, and trim about an inch off the bottom.  The base drawer will be inset more than the top one, but I think it'll all work quite nicely with the curved walls:

This is fun!  It's a little more complex than I anticipated, but cutting square things is easier and quicker than curvy stuff!


  1. Looking good, Markis...can't wait to see the finished product. I'm a little jealous of your encosed (and heated) workspace

  2. Thanks Derrick! Me too. The enclosed space is the garage, so has to be swept up all the time, but it's a nice luxury, I'll say that!