Monthly Archives: January 2013
Mellow day, did a bit. I had an idea on how to mount the pump and still be able to remove it in freezing weather. I went to Garrett’s hardware and picked up 4 T-nuts, 10-32 size, plus 4 wing nuts and 4 screws. Plus coffee at Flying Goat.
Got home, cut a piece of 1/2″ ply 4″ x 5″, drilled it to fit the T nuts spaced to fit the pump. Added the 10-32 screws, fitted the pump and wing nuts, it works. Took it out, measured the fit to the wheel well and mounted it with 2 wood screws, removed it and counter sunk the marked screw heads to the wheel well, then replaced the mount with 4 wood screws. It works, a mount for a removable pump. It’ll still need a quick disconnect for the electric.
I covered the two cutouts for the outside lights on the back wall with thin panel stuff and small sheet metal screws, 2 each.
I sanded most of the filled screw holes in prep for the flush cut router when it dawned on me, the P side drawers are not set up with spacers for the router. I measured them all, about 13/16ths (little over 3/4″) at 3 1/2″, cut 6 on the table saw and fitted them. The aft drawer has a bit wider gap, cut a couple spacers from scrap. I’ll need to clamp and glue them in but it’s getting dark, enough.
We got some done today. I met Raven at the Community Market, picked up some herbs and roots for lunch. We took my car down to the salvage yard and picked up a sheet of aluminum for the heater cover. I want to make a shield over it to keep the wind from blowing out the flame but keep it open top and bottom. I’ll draw it up at work, then bring in the metal, cut it on the sheer and brake the folds after hours in the model shop. I’ll fold a small lip on top and bottom to strengthen the structure, maybe a pop rivet in the corners to hold its shape. Hinged forward for access and latched aft.
Picked up Raven’s truck and headed home. Chicken root stew for lunch served in the vardo as we discussed plans. That done Raven worked on the cabinet doors.
I started with knocking the table down and cutting a leaf from the mahogany ply to fit behind it on the table saw. Also drilled holes in the bench covers so the table pegs seat to hold it all in place, a bed surface for vardo mode.
I put quick dry putty in all the cabinet screw holes so the flush cut router won’t gouge the face panel. Next I called Raven in, where do you want shelves? We’ll leave the D side alone until plumbing is in place, on the P side lets extend the wheel well forward and keep it at 6 1/4″, then add another shelf half way up all the way out 13″ wide. I cut 1 x 2s for bracing on the ends and one in the middle to hold up the long piece.
The pic was before the middle piece was installed but the end support and lower shelf are visible as well as the door frames with dark putty in the screw holes to be sanded flush. Thought, we should add a slat in front of the lower shelf to keep things in on the road. I still need to cut the upper shelf, may need to go out back to find a good piece of pine shelving where the landlord’s son threw out a bunch, mind the good stuff is deep. Maybe tomorrow. A good day.
1/21/13 Sink Cabinets
As it’s MLK day I worked some more on the driver side (D) cabinets. I disassembled the sink, stove and lifted the whole cabinet frame out to the driveway on it’s side. To get the stove section lower frame in, I had to unscrew the lower screws in the frame sides and swivel them out so I could drill and screw them straight in from the bottom, then refasten the sides. I had to remove the stove paneling to get the upper hand sink frame screw in place, counter sinking all the screws so panels will be flat. Once all the frames were screwed in place, I put it back in the vardo, replacing the sink and stove. Took a couple pics posted below. A good day.
I’ll need to panel it next. Thinking the D side can be removed again and clamped to the birch plywood then mark it out for cutting. I’ll need to check the floor to back wall for square first. The P side I’ll need to leave in place and do with measurements on the outside cuts. Once fitted I can draw in the door and drawer cuts from above with the counter off. I’ll need to ask Darin about cutting the inner cuts smooth. I put the two spare bench supports under the P counter by the table and clamped it tight to try and relieve the warp there, leave it until next week.
1/20/13 P counter
I read some stuff on line this evening about pex, interesting. These connectors we got are cool, Flair-it, no crimp connections. I looked through the elbows we got, four are FPT (female pipe thread), perfect for the stop valves to the sink connections. I’m thinking we want more of these if they still have them. We have enough (4) tees to make it I think but the elbows are useful in different configurations. Some 3/4 FPT to 1/2 pex connects with stop valves would be good for the heater connections, though the sharkbite quick connects would be better but at more than 10 times the cost. Pex to pex elbows are good, MPT to pex too. I think I may check out RS for more of these some time tomorrow. We can just clamp them down with the pipe straps I got (or plumbing tape). We’ll also need some check valves to meet code. I’ve made them before with vinyl tubing and a ball bearing, cut one straight (stop), and one with a notch (flow) with a tube over size to fit, it works well, but to code?? May need to buy something approved. Hot and cold running shall be.