Today is one I’ve been looking forward to… The day the drawers get set… 



(above) After the drawer guides (these are rated at 300#) are positioned, a pilot hole is drilled at the front and back screw mounting holes, then with a spade bit a shallow counter sunk hole is spun…
I’m using T-nuts on all the drawers in this build…They will resist movement significantly more than using wood screws…For heavy duty guides like these, it’s important… I’ll also add some wood screws later, but the T-Nuts are the fail-safe way to go…



(above) Sometimes shimming of a drawer guide is needed… I cut some squares of 1/8” and 1/16” plywood and P-Lam for shims…Once I establish how much shimming is needed, I use pressure sensitive adhesive tape to keep the shims attached to the drawer guide…The drawers are being installed accurately, but will be removed later for more finishing, so the shims on the guides help to keep the right shim in the right place…Confusion eliminated…



(above) Guide, shims, cabinet side…



(above) Now both guides are installed…
I make sure the case is on a flat surface and a 40# weight is placed on the top of the cabinet…Load it down as if it was installed…



(above) To set the drawer I do it this way: I put a piece of scrap plywood that is the thickness of the bottom plywood of the case in front of the case… Next a piece of 1/4” ply (the space needed between the case and the drawer) is placed on the cabinet bottom and the scrap piece in front…



(above) The drawer is placed between the guides and held pretty far back in the case… Deep enough to still have access to the front holes on the guides…I use a wood screw to set the guide to the drawer…
See the blue thing in the drawer… It is a 10# weight that is put in there to hold the drawer down flat …Sometimes plywood will flex enough to tweak the drawer… Little things like weighing the drawer make a difference in accuracy...



(above) The drawer is now extended, the weight is at the back and pilot holes are drilled for the rear screws…



(above) T-Nuts are hammered in place on the inside the drawer…



(above) Next machine screws are threaded into the T-nuts…These stainless steel screws have a lower head than regular steel, so I prefer them…



(above) The Potra-Potti fitted and checked for placement… 
(If Mike wants to carry extra passengers in the rear, this is now an option…JOKING…)



(above) The Porta-Potti flares out so I’ll need to add a piece of 1/2” ply before I make the drawer face…I’ll also need to reposition the T-nuts…This is why test fitting is important…



(above) Fast forward to the drawer guides for the fridge… Installed… This set is rated at 150#…



(above) No flare out on the front of this one… Installation is fine… 



(above) The power cord is loosely positioned…



(above) Pulled out and checked for clearances and butter-like movement… Bingo...



(above) With those two pull-outs 99% done, the case is put back in the Jeep and checked for fit… I do that a lot… In, measured and marked, out, cuts made, back in… 


The shower floor cut-out is fine… I’ll need to add 1/2” spacers to lift the cabinet to have the teak floor work out … 



(above) The excess fiberglass subfloor has been cut away… It’s good now…



(above) A scrap is put in the floor access hatch…



(above) Back in the shop, the guides for the driver side case are installed the same way as I showed before…



(above) Rock solid install…



(above) Both cases in place… Checking the depth extension of the drawers…Pretty much as planned… Not ready to install yet… Still a lot to do on them before that day is here…



(above) Plenty of clearance here too… I love it when a plan comes together…



(above) I cut and threw in a scrap floor cover… That changes how it feels in here… Ohhh, how that teak will look…!!!…



(above) Back to the propane locker…The pressure regulator / twin tank switch has to get in there, so I cut away the flat side of the locker and made the plywood box to mount the reg…


This build-out is more than anything, using every available inch and fraction of an in that is possible…Building in place, then modifying is pretty much the only way to gain this kind of space… Think about it: Twin tanks, a dual tank regulator and hoses, fit in there…???…!!!… There is not an extra 1/8” of space wasted… 


I love this kind of work…!!!… 



(above) The regulator box… I had to get a couple of elbows to get the guages to read from the face…They came as top-read…


The brass elbow at the bottom is where the gas line will exit (air tight) to the wheel-well, where the hose to the stove and heater will connect…


I’m glad that is resolved…FIGJAM...Tomorrow it gets installed…


See you then…