Twenty-Six ...



(above) Another day at the playground...!!!...



(above) Where I left off last week...The gauge and switch panel...There is just enough space here at the front end of the cabin, next to the sink, under the bed...This is just a pattern that I'll transfer to 1/2" ply later...For now, just defining the space is fine...



(above) Next to be resolved is the solution to the latch / pulls for the drawer pull-outs...I've been struggling with this one...I have a vision of how it should all look once it's done and despite searching stores, catalogs, the world-wide-web, and woodworking reference books, I just wasn't stoked...


I found these online and they seemed cool in the pictures...Once I got them, they weren't so cool...The finger notch just isn't right...Too small for a man's hands...That and too strong of a spring that controls the latch...Why is it so hard for designers to get things right...???...


This latch / pull decision has had me frustrated with the possibility of having to settle for something I wasn't 100% behind...



(above) So it was back to the drawing board...Today the drawing board has scraps of plywood...


The bigger piece on the right represents a drawer face...The small pieces are components of the latch / pull...



(above) The side pieces started as 1/2" x 1/2" then a 1/4" rabbet was cut...The pieces in the center are 1/4" x 3/4"....



(above) When put together and inserted flush with the face create a wood slide bolt...



(above) The vertical piece has a dado in it to capture the bolt...


I'm feeling good about this...Next to refine and finalize...



(above) I thing that teak will be the best for the bolt...It is naturally oily and will self lubricate...A good thing for a moving part...



(above) So I cut these...Teak 3/4" x 1.25" that are made into tees..The remainder dimensions are all 1/4"...



(above) For the bolt part, another cut removed 3/4" of the finger pull part...Simple work on a tablesaw...



(above) Test fit...



(above) For the capture parts I had a choice...Blend-in and camouflage or go with stand-apart contrast...I'm going with contrast...Here it means walnut...


I ripped some to 1/2" x 1/2" and cut the 1/4" rabbet, then cut them to a rough length of 5"...



(above) Test fit again...The finished drawers will have zebrawood veneer faces then I'll cutout the slide-bolt notch with a router in a jig...Under the slide-bolt is a 1/4" x 1" x 1" piece of walnut that is notched (again on the tablesaw) into the one of the walnut capture pieces...Why you ask...???...



(above) When installed I'll drill a hole aligned and through both the slide pull handle and the walnut square...Then a wood peg can slip in to keep the bolt from moving and the drawer from opening...Another hole will be aligned and drilled when the drawer is open giving a place to slip the pin so it doesn't get lost...I might cord them...???...I'll also double up on the walnut squares so the pin alignment is more precise...



(above) Drawer pull / latch resolved and I'm stoked...!!!...



(above) Oh yeah, the drawer case is the bolt capture on the back side...



(above) Just as I finished my cuts, the belt pulley on the saw slipped and came off...Happens every five years or so...No big surprise given the use it gets...Getting to the motor is a pain and a half...The other hard part is finding the Woodruff Key in all the sawdust...I must be living right since I found the key and the motor came out without me swearing...



(above) Old faithful...Close to 30 years in service...By the time the belt was slipped back in place and the saw plugged back in it was only about a half hour from the start...Not bad, not bad at all...



(above) Next on my list was to re-install the foam/fabric on the cab-over ceiling...I spread a layer on the fabric and one on the fiberglass ceiling...I cranked the heat inside the Jeep to high and went over the glue on the fabric with a heat gun for a few minutes to accelerate the process...



(above) I needed to take some time mid-afternoon to do some state tax-form work and when I was done with that I installed the headliner inside the Jeep / sauna...


While in the office I made a call to an animal skin supplier I've used in the past to get some info on the choices for the bench seat and back rests...Bear (that's his name) said cow skin should cost about $6 a sq. ft....Not bad...???...More on that tomorrow...


One other thing that got done today was to vent the propane locker door...To do that it was as simple as cutting away part of the door gasket at the bottom of the door...Consider it vented...


Then it was off to get the State Tax payment posted before the post office closed...Whew, another full day...


More tomorrow...