Building the Upper Front Cabinets

We had been absolutely dreading this project. I kind of just wanted to go on vacation and pray it was magically done when we returned. Unfortunately, we have no magic bus building elves. So, we had to just suck it up and do it – build the cabinets in the front cab driver’s area. Why were we so apprehensive about this project? The curves, man, the curves! So many curves all meeting up in that front area. Not only are the sides curved, but the front is curved, and there is also a kind of “bubble” at the front. All of these curves meet in this area making compound curves that we had no idea how to deal with. But, we put our heads down and just dug in. Piece by piece we got it done.

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A family of six dreaming, planning, and preparing to full-time RV around the country. Renovating our '64 GM PD4106.

aaron burchael - December 11, 2019

wowo looks great guys happy holidays 🙂

Steve's channel - December 11, 2019

You’re going to keep maps in there? What are maps? Where do you get them?
Another excellent job! It’s amazing how far your woodworking skills have progressed.

    Ian Damian Lucifer Wilson - December 11, 2019

    You remember them. Very thin bits of wood with pictures. I know! It’s very antiquated and twee.

James Tepesh - December 11, 2019

Looking good all your hard wor is paying off bit by bit, i appreciate how hard all that stuff is i restored an old travel trailer years ago for a freind and it took forever, GREAT JOB! 🙂

Ian Damian Lucifer Wilson - December 11, 2019

That is a great job. The angles and curves made that a very technical job.

Βασίλης Τολανούδης - December 11, 2019

I would turn the cabinet doors 180 degrees, place the hinge on the bottom, so they open downwards.

Mark Langenkamp - December 11, 2019

Fantastic job, team! That cabinet above the door would be a great place to store inclimate weather items, like umbrellas, scarves, ear muffs, and gloves (and the like)–maybe even disposable shoe covers. That couldn’t have been easy. I know my video wouldn’t have been family friendly had I done the job. 😉

Randy Rainwater - December 11, 2019

Velcro strips may be a better choice for the small finish strip of wood above the mini-split AC. The magnets will probably slip once you start your travels on our bumpy highways. The storage above the door would be a great place for travel umbrellas. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Billy Beavers - December 11, 2019

Looking good. I am going to do something similar on the rear of my bus. I hope that enough room was left to access the rubber around the windows, because that is needed in the event the window breaks a tool to remove the window rubber needs to be able to be used. I am sure you knew that, but I thought it worth mentioning. Great work!!

Gregory Thomas - December 11, 2019

Excellent work on that very complex corner!
Using the magnets was also a great idea…you may be able to just put a small lip on top the header that hangs over the metal straps to help prevent it from sliding down during travel.
for the very shallow shelf over the door you could put small items like flashlights & compact umbrellas that you can grab if needed going out the door.
BTW: For the cleats…remember that gravity can be a friend…a push-pin stuck in the padding and a string hanging down with a bit of weight on it and a protractor could get the angles you needed.

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