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Old 07-26-2016, 12:09 PM   #29
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Gordon ....

The face frame is 5/8" Ultralite MDF for weight savings. MDF of course is a very smooth face and produces a nice painted finish. Any edges require a little work with filler and a few coats of paint to seal them but MDF should not be used where there is any chance it will get wet as it will suck up moisture like a sponge, even if sealed. The upper and lower tracks for the sliders are from some 1" x 2" Finger Joint Maple that I had left over from a previous project.

As far as fastening the slider in transit ...... I just drilled a hole at each bottom corner of the middle one, this sits in the front track, and into the sidesliders where they overlap. I then just insert two little wooden pegs ( black in pic ) into the these holes and these set the doors in place.

Because the sliders by pass each other with little space in between there is usually a thumb hole put in each door for sliding it with. I did find some very low profile 'bumpers' , that are used to cushion the impact on closing cabinet doors, and these were self adhesive and nicely stuck onto the slider face to form a pull without interfering with the travel.

The sliders are easily lifted up into the top track and pulled out for better access to the cabinet interior

Very observant of you Gordon to identify that there is a false bottom. The polished inside bottom of the cabinet is made of several pieces of 1/4" plywood ( flooring underlayment actually ) that will lift up and come through the openings in the face frame. This exposes a cavity in which I was able to run electrical wiring that extends from the three switches, on the left in one of the pics, to the lights that they serve.

Please see the attached pics for some clarification of the above.

Let me know if you are thinking of dissimilar and I could dig around for earlier pics that might give a few clues to fabrication details.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:12 PM   #30
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Bit of corrupted text there ... 'Dissimilar' is supposed to be ' doing something similar' !
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:09 PM   #31
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Peter,

Thanks for the detailed explanation. A concealed wire chase. Clever!
I'm happy with my upper cabinet (post #7), but I think Jennifer and others may benefit from your ideas. I benefit in that shared ideas lead to more ideas, and seeing successfully completed projects gives me confidence, and makes me want to make more "improvements". I don't think I'm alone here in feeling that personalizing our small trailers is very satisfying, whether it be new fabric or new cabinets. I don't think many Class A RV owners can share that feeling.

Thanks again

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I made 2 dividers to make the cabinet a little more usable for me, thus making 3 separate compartments matching the 3 separate doors.

I have factory installed lights at each end of the cabinet and they have a piece of fiberglass cut to cover the wires inside the cabinet. The fiberglass pieces are what I used as templates for my dividers as they have the curvature of the outer wall. So all I needed to do was measure the lower depth and the height at opening/door. The dividers are just pressure fit in.

I made a 3rd divider for the left hand compartment. I wanted to divide my cups/glasses from all the spices I carry. The cups/glasses take up about 2/3 of the space with the spices in the other 1/3.
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Peter,

Thanks for the detailed explanation. A concealed wire chase. Clever!
I'm happy with my upper cabinet (post #7), but I think Jennifer and others may benefit from your ideas. I benefit in that shared ideas lead to more ideas, and seeing successfully completed projects gives me confidence, and makes me want to make more "improvements". I don't think I'm alone here in feeling that personalizing our small trailers is very satisfying, whether it be new fabric or new cabinets. I don't think many Class A RV owners can share that feeling.

Thanks again

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I love the ground sourcing/sharing of ideas...it makes everyone's projects better for them/inspires creativity!! I had been toying with dividers, but now I'm im off on a whole different tangent.
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:10 PM   #34
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We replaced the three doors with two that lift up. I added dividers to keep things organized. (Actually just a three piece office paper organizer that I happened to have laying around.). We added a false bottom for wiring as well. Click image for larger version

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One thing we've found useful is to put things inside that match--the other stuff in the same cabinet and the trailer décor. We had toyed with the idea of no doors, but decided the original doors, cleaned up and repaired, were too cute to pass by.

We use metal tins, plastic bins, fabric bins, nice bags of varying kinds, careful stacks, bungee cords, magnets--anything and everything but it must all work with the concept. I've heard the majority of egg buyers/owners are people with high levels of tech/engineering/art/ etc. backgrounds. They appreciate these things, are innovative and clever--we enjoy solving problems better than some.

These eggs make us think, and that's a good portion of the fun, identifying the problem, seeking suggestions, considering options, choosing and implementing solutions (and sometimes redoing it--8) ) It gives us all a lot in common!

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