Gypsy’s kitchen table is finished!
Yeah, it’s a little odd-looking. The large hole in the left side was done mostly to save on weight, but I also like that it provides easy access to stuff. Over the course of this build, I’ve discovered that I am slightly obsessed with making things as accessible, changeable, and lightweight as possible. Lightweight is definitely of importance for the kitchen table, since it’ll live on Gypsy’s left side, and her left side is already a good bit heavier than the right.
The right side of the table has a large cutout in the upper half, again to save on weight. The vertical slits provide air for the freezer vent. The horizontal cutout near the bottom is for the power cord. The table lacks any real cross bracing, but I plan to secure it to the both wall and the floor of the van. In theory that’ll be good enough.
Are you interested in progress photos? I hope you didn’t say no, because here they are anyway.
I still haven’t figured out the best way to cut a large hole in plywood. I tried two methods: plunge router, and jig saw. I sucked at both.
The half-inch band file came in handy for cleaning up the edges.
I decided to attempt using pocket holes to assemble the structure, and in drilling a few test holes I discovered that Harbor Freight’s pocket hole jig does a spectacular job of ruining wood.
The Kreg jig, however, worked beautifully. The difference is that the Kreg jig is custom molded and provides support for wood around the hole. The Harbor Freight jig doesn’t provide the same support. It’s hard to explain, but believe me, the Kreg jig is much better.
But Kreg screws are pretty awful. This happened when I tested the joint.
I learned the hard way that pocket holes aren’t ideal for joining 1/2” plywood at the edges, especially if you’re starting the screw from the inside corner. I had to move the joint over to accommodate the pokey-outey nature of pocket holes. The diagram will explain.
Rockler Clamp-It Assembly Squares are amazing. I wish I had these when I started my build.
I also started making the panels that will hide all the ugly interior stuff. Most people use lauan, wood paneling, or carpet. I chose rigid foam covered in burlap. You didn’t expect me to choose something normal, did you?
The foam and burlap panels turned out pretty decent. Not only are they lightweight and changeable, they also add another layer of insulation. All good things, if you ask me.
Up next: Bathroom walls and a home theater. Just kidding. Sort of.