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Hang Doors and HWC Cupboard Nov 2015

Posted by XenaCommander on November 13, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Finally I managed to track down some piano hinges that would do the job...  Man they are expensive...  Probably cost more that the whole cost of the door....  times 3...!!!    oh well...


So I needed to set the doors up so I can get this hinge on the ends...   Jury rig a clamp and away we go... This hinge has 72 screws...!!!   I didn't put them all in this time...  as I will want to remove the door again to paint it... so I just did enough to hold it square and firm..


Copious amounts of test fitting...  measuring..   cutting a smidgeon off one end...  trying again... more cutting... wedging in place... then fitting the other hinge to hold the door on...    all done with two hands..!!!   sometimes it would be nice to have a helper... but managed it ok...   Looks good there...  now will it open..!! 


Seems to do the job..   opens with out sagging...   the beauty of piano hinges pays off...

Now I put in the jambs (sp) and the door surrounds... very fiddly but it makes it all look tidy...


Just like a bought one..  I needed to put a piece of wire on the door to hold it closed...


Closer look at the finish...  I am happy with that...

Fridge Space...

Now the door is done I need to think about door hardware...  how I keep it latched given it is a folded door..  I am thinking of using a magnet system...   More thought required...
So I wanted to work on something else...   The fridge space next door was calling to me as I want the fridge back in place...   So I decided to work on that..    I put batons on the external frames enough to glue a ply panel after putting more fibreglass batts I had lying around..  Figured the more insulation the better for that space...

I then want some extra fans to circulate the air behind the fridge so fabricated a frame for a couple of fans so I can screw them easily in place...


I love using the router..  I have had bad experiences with router years ago but this festool setup I have is very good...   I just ran some pine through the router and hey presto...   a slotted frame for fans..  Still to work out where they should be placed...   I also need to source some perforated sheet for a nice looking grille under and over the fridge..   Google is my friend..

Next I wanted to cover the Hot Water Cylinder space with doors...  I was just going to board it up but there is space next to the cylinder which would be good to keep shoes... so I fabricated removable doors...  the left hand side won't be moved much and I wanted the LPG detector and HWC switch to go on that side...


It took a while as I had to get them looking square even though the slot they sit in isn't exactly square...  I made them of ply with a pine edging...  I am getting good at doing that now...   easy with a router..   This is a dry fit with wedges holding everything in place... Now I need to put in the latches which I had just arrived on my door step from Nelson RV World...


Lots of measuring..  cutting...  test fitting...  and of course the catch is in the wrong place... Damn Murphy..  move them over 5 mm... and Done..


This side was a little easier fitting the catches as I learnt the measurements required when doing the first side... I shaved a piece off the side and it all looks pretty square..   Of course it all went out the window again when I drilled holes in the bottom for the studs that held it in place... so more puddling about with drill and ruler.. and fingers crossed...


All done..  Looks ok..  but will fine tune it a bit more when I tidy for painting..

Thats all for the fridge space..   I am going to wire those fans to a Parallel / Serial switch so I can have them on two power settings...   so need to get a DPDT switch...     I will also put some ply on the ceiling to make it tidy.

I ran the Solar panel wires from the room to the switch board..  It ran over the top of the fridge space so needed to get that done...

More thought required to work out next step..  I am taking friends motorhome back to Auckland this week so am planning to take trailer up and get another load of ply for lining and bed construction.

Stay tuned...

XC

Categories: Motorhome Building

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