Building the Ceiling Cabinets (Part 3)

Building the Ceiling Cabinets (Part 3)

May 27, 2015 Categories Camper Van

This is part three; here is part one and part two.

Not wanting to install the exhaust vent on the water heater, I instead finished up the ceiling cabinets today. I first had to build the cabinet face for the water heater cabinet, because the above cab storage cabinet face butts up against the water heater cabinet. It took awhile to get the water heater cabinet face to fit snug, as it’s also acting as part of the door frame between the cab and living area, so I had to notch a small rectangle out of it so it would slide in place. I left a small overlap on the left side of the cabinet to account for the paneling that will be going on there later. I forgot to take pictures of the process, so all you get is a before and after shot.

Then I cut the boards for the above cab storage. The right side of the cabinet slopes at 10°, all the other cuts were straight cuts. For this cabinet and the water heater cabinet, the entire cabinet faces are held together with glue and dowels and then nailed into place.

Next I cut the boards to create the cabinet door for the above cab area. Once they were cut, I glued everything together and put four nails in each corner, two on each side. Then I installed the hardware using the same door handles and recessed hinges that I did on the rear cabinets. Lastly, was attaching the door to the cabinet face and adding the the retaining clips so that the door stays shut while driving. I’m pretty happy with how it came out.

The door for the water heater isn’t much of a door at all. I built the frame just like my other doors, but instead of paneling in the middle, I installed a piece of screen instead. This will allow air to flow freely into the cabinet so the water heater can function properly. I was hoping the screen would block out the view of the water heater slightly, but it didn’t.

After getting the screen installed, I built the other two doors for the cabinet, added the hardware, and then attached them to the cabinet face. As you can see, the water heater is quite visible through the screen. I might add a second layer of screening to help hide it more. Otherwise, I’ll just have to live with it the way it is. Out of the entire six feet high cabinet, only the bottom 17 inches provide any storage space. It feels like such a waste, but that’s the cost to have hot water.

Tomorrow I’m gonna try to work on the exhaust vent for the water heater so I can finish paneling that cabinet. I can’t finish working on my kitchen area until that cabinet is done.

2 thoughts on “Building the Ceiling Cabinets (Part 3)”

Cassie · May 28, 2015

You could have used a louvered system for the air flow like a lot of the bifold doors are.

Luke · May 28, 2015

Hmm… I didn’t think of that. That would definitely hide it more and should still let enough air in. Might be tricky to build a door like that, though…

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