Whew! That was a push!
Progress has been made, but between work and home and birch-i-fying the Tin Pickle, I just haven't have time to take, sort and post pictures. Bart and I worked all last weekend and all this weekend and it's finally coming together.
One feature in the new Pickle is a desk for Bart to work at when he's "at work" in some scenic location. Last time we tried this, he crammed his knees into one side of the old two sided cabinet under the desk. The challenge was to make a comfortable desk with no wasted space at the sides that could also serve as clothing storage when the whole family travels together.
Here's the desk without its top with the new tambour closed:
And here it is in "shelf basket" mode:
The shelf will fold up to allow foot room when it's just a desk. There will also be a keyboard tray on drawer slides to put the keyboard at a more ergonomic height. The curved pieces on either side of the basket shelf are open topped storage boxes accessible in both desk and shelf basket configurations.
Here's a more clear picture of the battery monitor and solar panel indicator, in its new, birch wood setting. The counter is beech butcher block from Ikea. Yes, it adds a bit of poundage (about 60 pounds net gain), but we've saved weight by keeping the original aluminum framing (and reinforced it for the duty). We are loving the warmth of the wood tones.
Another big task has been the pantry. We wanted more organization, easily accessible, all within the original framework. I made the shelves a bit deeper and changed their spacing, but everything else is as it was, just with birch instead of brown plastic. I'll do a full pantry post later. Here's a sneak preview - borrowing some space from the pantry to make a headboard cubby for overnighters in our "guest room" when the back dinette serves as a single bed. It isn't finished here, obviously, but this gives an idea of how it goes together:
Last of all, something of an overview of the new effect of birch. I can't do any wider views because the trailer is still strewn with tools, construction materials and stuff that is waiting to go back into the pantry and cupboards.
I'll get more pictures up later this week as we tidy up loose ends.
I can't seem to delete these tipped versions I posted at first. Just ignore them.