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Old 12-25-2005, 06:28 PM   #477
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And the rest of the pantry pictures.

Hey Uwe, have you given any thought to how to keep your pantry from thwonging open and closed when you are driving around corners? I have been looking for a while for the right hardware to keep things closed in a more or less aesthetic fashion. I found some "stay-close rv drawer slides" but I am not really sure if I trust them with the weight of my pantry or woodbox for that matter.

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Old 12-26-2005, 09:40 AM   #478
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Our 1985 MoHo has a wine rack similar to the pantry that Uwe is building. It has a pin that goes up into the bottom of the rack that keeps it secure.
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Old 12-26-2005, 10:07 AM   #479
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Hey Uwe, have you given any thought to how to keep your pantry from thwonging open and closed when you are driving around corners? I have been looking for a while for the right hardware to keep things closed in a more or less aesthetic fashion. I found some "stay-close rv drawer slides" but I am not really sure if I trust them with the weight of my pantry or woodbox for that matter.

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Carlos,

I too saw the RV type drawer slides. I actually went to an RV dealer to se how they "feel". To me, they felt notchy and awkward, so I decided against them immediately.
Instead, I am thinking of installing a travel lock type arrangement that locks all the drawers from inside the sink cabinet, then unlocks them at destination. All I have to do is open the sink cabinet and lift a lever, and it will ( hopefully) unlock all the drawes. Similar to the design in a pro tool box.
The pantry slider will lock with a pin from the inside, like str8strm's wine rack. I figure once I am stationary, nothing "should" open by itself.
I will be giving the drawers and the pantry slider a slight backwards angle, just to be safe. Actually the pantry sliders have a clip at the rear stop, to catch the assembly once it is put in all the way. There are 2 bearing slider rails on the bottom, and one in the center at the top. They extend all the way out, which I felt was important in such a small space.
Of course my angel of a wife now wants drawers not as tall, and more of them. So, back to the drawing board. The galley is hers..she'll get what she wants.
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Our 1985 MoHo has a wine rack similar to the pantry that Uwe is building. It has a pin that goes up into the bottom of the rack that keeps it secure.
Ron, Debbie,

Could you snap a picture if that pin arrangement and post it or e-mail it to me? I wonder what Didi would say if her pantry suddenly became a wine rack?
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Old 12-26-2005, 02:21 PM   #481
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Carlos,

I too saw the RV type drawer slides. I actually went to an RV dealer to se how they "feel". To me, they felt notchy and awkward, so I decided against them immediately.
Instead, I am thinking of installing a travel lock type arrangement that locks all the drawers from inside the sink cabinet, then unlocks them at destination. All I have to do is open the sink cabinet and lift a lever, and it will ( hopefully) unlock all the drawes. Similar to the design in a pro tool box.
The pantry slider will lock with a pin from the inside, like str8strm's wine rack. I figure once I am stationary, nothing "should" open by itself.
I will be giving the drawers and the pantry slider a slight backwards angle, just to be safe. Actually the pantry sliders have a clip at the rear stop, to catch the assembly once it is put in all the way. There are 2 bearing slider rails on the bottom, and one in the center at the top. They extend all the way out, which I felt was important in such a small space.
Of course my angel of a wife now wants drawers not as tall, and more of them. So, back to the drawing board. The galley is hers..she'll get what she wants.
I had been thinking of a similar set-up - some kind of pin that could fall through a row of loops on each drawer and hook into a notch in the floor at the bottom. I thought about a long metal rod that could be fed through some kind of metal hole in the countertop (so it would be flush) and then use a heavy duty magnet to get it back up. This would be a "lock" too, unless someone happened to either have a magnet or turn the airstream upside down.

Anyway, I am interested in pics of your pin arrangement too - post em when you get em'.

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I had been thinking of a similar set-up - some kind of pin that could fall through a row of loops on each drawer and hook into a notch in the floor at the bottom. I thought about a long metal rod that could be fed through some kind of metal hole in the countertop (so it would be flush) and then use a heavy duty magnet to get it back up. This would be a "lock" too, unless someone happened to either have a magnet or turn the airstream upside down.

Anyway, I am interested in pics of your pin arrangement too - post em when you get em'.

Carlos

While perusing my ever growing stack of hardware catalogs, I came across these power door lock actuators. They cought my eye because they're quite powerful and not very expensive.
One of these actuators and a momentary on/off/on switch would lock everything at once, and unlock everything at once. There is plenty 12V under the galley cabinet already, so power supply is not a problem. I would need 6 of them, to lock 5 drawers and the pantry slide. Overkill?
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4 Doors..

..got done today. The doors are partially recessed, so only 3/8 of the 3/4 door frame shows when the door is closed. The frame is 3/4 maple, the insert is 1/4in maple plywood. The entire assembly is surprisingly light. I figured much more weight for doors like these.
The hinges follow the recess, 3/8" X 3/8" . I chose to go with the recess, despite the extra work. I prefer a door that somewhat resembles the original, not a heavy looking door. This way I have a sleek looking door that won't protrude more than 3/8, but the stability of a 3/4 in framed door.
The door pictured is a lower cabinet door. These will mount with the hinges at the bottom, so they will flip down when opened. The inside of the door will be lined with a tool pouch, holding a small assortment of tools that one might need while camping, such as pliers, screw drivers, some wrenches, a small flash light etc. I have 2 doors that will receive these tool pouches, as they are in front of the wheel well, and in front of the batteries. Maybe a small fluke meter will fit in there as well. The clearane is about 3in, a little less in some spots.
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Uwe I can do the picture but probably not til Thursday the wine rack is pretty neat looking!
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Cool, no rush. I decided to build all the doors next, anyways. That way I can get back into staining the rest of the untreated interior all at once.
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Got the pictures trying to figure out how to get them from easyshare to here!![IMG]file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Debbie/My%20Documents/My%20Pictures/Kodak%20Pictures/2005-12-29/000_0269.jpg[/IMG]
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Uwe - I'm in awe of your work! Those doors - they're art themselves! Did you Router the recesses/edges prior to assembly? Looks FAB!

Re: the power door latches. Are these the types used to actuate "shaved" door handles for custom cars / rods? If so - how about a remote unit that you have on the key fob for the outside lock. Can you imagine - walking up to your trailer, pressing a button, and everything unlocking?

I bet not even our own Bill Gates has an RV like this!
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Did you Router the recesses/edges prior to assembly? Looks FAB!
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I measured, cut, routered (sp?) and then pre-assembeld everything for a test fit. I use a Kreg pocket hole tool and wood glue for the joinery. My preference is to blunt joints, as oposed to mitered joints, I prefer the simple, and clean look.

The hard part was ripping 1x8's into 1x2's with a so-so table saw. I could not find any nice maple anywhere in a 30 mile radius, and had ran out just before Christmas. Luckily I had some very nicely figured 1x8's that I had saved for the Airstream.
As of today, all the doors are assembled, and ready for sanding/finishing.

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Re: the power door latches. Are these the types used to actuate "shaved" door handles for custom cars / rods? If so - how about a remote unit that you have on the key fob for the outside lock. Can you imagine - walking up to your trailer, pressing a button, and everything unlocking?
Tempting. I had thought of this scenario. I am a little bit worried about too much high tech gadgetry going haywire on the beach in Baja California, though.
But, i will consider the actuators for locking the drawers and the slide out pantry. I figure that one can always reach around and unlock them manually if the system goes kaputt.

The actuators are similar to the ones found in many Domestic car doors, btw.

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Yep - we're a 100% Apple family too! If the medical world ran like Windows - we'd all have "Fatal errors!" by now!
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