|Project by KnickKnack||posted 11-27-2009 08:33 PM||2556 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
After nearly 2 years of searching we finally managed to find a Land Rover Defender 110 TDi (the latest ones have too many electronics, making them hard to fix in the middle of nowhere) here in Portugal. Easily the “king of cars” this is our 3rd such vehicle, and task 1 is always to replace the central “seat” (suitable only for midgets) with a cubby box. This is version 6 of such a box – usually they’re a simple thing made from ply, but now I’m supposed to be a lumberjock, so I thought I’d try pulling out a few stops, and this is what I came up with.
The front bit accumulates all those little odds and ends associated with driving – wading plugs, torch, bottle opener, cork screw etc. The top bit has a removable cover that doubles as a tray and is useful for maps, language guides, the odd bottle etc.
The high gothic back is suitable for putting my hat on whilst driving – this was an absolute requirement seeing as how, being a pickup, there’s no longer a “back seat” to put it on.
If I had it to do again I’d probably put the gothic back at an angle to match the seats.
Next I have to build the cab on the back to provide space for a large double bed, a small kitchen, toilet and shower facilities – watch this space, but I’d suggest you don’t hold your breath!
Ash and plywood. I tried those “floating tenon” things that people on here suggested, seeing as how the biscuit machine is being repaired – that didn’t go too badly. The “spliney bits” are from the mahogany offcut I found at the DIY store – this seems to be becoming something of my trademark. Finished in tung oil (at last – I had it specially imported from the UK by some friends), thinned and with varnish towards the final coats.
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