|Project by Schwieb||posted 07-29-2013 12:37 AM||10971 views||15 times favorited||16 comments|
I have been slow to post things I have been working on lately, but I have a few completed projects that could be worthy of a post but I just haven’t gotten to it yet but this one went out the door over the July 4th weekend and I wanted to post it. Those are my awesome 16 year old grand daughters in the first picture. My son Ryan and I did a little brainstorming while working on his kayak a couple of months ago, about working together on building a cabinet to set onto his existing platform that attached to the trailer hitch on his vehicle. He wanted to store and keep organized his camping and cooking supplies. This is a project right down my alley and so I did a little sketching and worked out a preliminary plan.
It had to be able to withstand the roughness of the road and use but of course it still had to look nice. Working within the constraints of the size of the platform, tail lights and rearview vision, I came up with a design that was about 20” x 60” x 30” I decided that a sliding access door was the best to get to the stored items and keep items secured inside. I designed it to be able to serve as a table if needed and came up with a support and a folding leg to support it. We used some plastic storage boxes to use as drawers to help organize things. I also considered placement for a 20# propane tank and the camp stove.
The cabinet is made of 1/2” fir plywood and SYP and finished it with several coats of marine spar varnish. I dadoed and rebated the plywood carcass and added solid wood to the exposed edges of the plywood. I secured the box to the metal frame with two metal pins that went all the way through the metal.frame and the cabinet base and were secured with clips to hold it down.
I love making things for my family and this project was a lot of fun to design and execute. Ryan loves to take his girls camping and I can only hope that this will be a part of their activities for years to come.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.