You may be wondering if we took the winter off, if we’ve been busy sleeping through all the rainstorms and long dark nights. The bus progress part of the blog has been quiet now for months it seems… But the truth is, we have NOT been hibernating, and we have NOT been curled up by the fire through all the storms. Instead I have been busier than ever with bus work, and busy with all the other things happening in our life right now, and putting up photos on the blog has been shuffled to the very bottom (or close to the bottom) of my priority list. But at long last, here are some photos of what has been happening – namely, kitchen cabinets! I had never made cabinets, so there has been a steep learning curve! There’s a reason cabinets cost SO MUCH to have made – they take a TON of time and lots of precision work that is very unforgiving. It’s also really fun, and great to see the shape of the kitchen coming together. We wanted to avoid plywood as much as possible in the bus, so I designed and built the cabinet frames using 1×2 poplar. After lots of drawing, measuring, cutting, dado-blade groove cutting, gluing and nailing, the frames were finally finished! Here are a couple photos of the first cabinet frame we made, with Maddie modeling how to meditate in a cupboard.
And here is another cabinet that has some of the sides attached. We used some pine for the sides, and also some salvaged wood from pallets.
After all the frames had been built (I built four separate cabinet frames) came the very painstaking and at times frustrating task of building drawers. I love drawers! They are a pain to make, but so amazing to have in a kitchen!! So, I made boxes. And often had to tear the box apart in order to make it 1/16 of an inch narrower so it would fit into the drawer slides. But hurrah, at long last I got them all to fit!
And the final and of course most fun step – putting on the beautiful doors and drawer fronts! We used the same juniper wood we used on the pantry. Full of knotholes and lots of character.
More to come as soon as I can finish it up!
By Kristin LaFever