Kitchen Cabinet, Post #12
If I'm clearing out a big section of floor and sweeping it real clean, it can only mean one thing.
Position all the doors, cover panels and countertop on the sheet of Formica and mark out the cut lines.
Use the same method as I used when covering the sofa-bed except the contact cement now comes in gel form.
Do one side and let it set up.
After applying the contact cement to the end covering panel I realized I'd forgotten to make cut-outs for the drop leaf drawer hardware. That should be done before laminating. So let the cement completely dry then made two cut-outs with the help of a drill and jigsaw.
This is the front side of the waste bin door. Since the screws will come through the plywood from the back the T-nuts are installed on the front. Going to laminate both sides of the door so I have to locate the holes for the T-nuts on the back side after laminating it. Use a drill bit that's smaller than the hole in the center of the T-nut. Using the center of the T-nut as a guide, drill from the front to the back through the laminate on the back of the door.
Turn the door over and use another drill bit to enlarge the holes to the size of the screws I'll be using with the T-nuts.
Test fit the waste bin door.
Need to add some more T-nuts to the door to hold the waste bin. To know where they will go I'll have to make the waste bin first. Reuse an old piece of van flooring.
Cut out the pieces for the waste bin.
I'm going to take a little detour in my narrative. Back near the end of " Kitchen Cabinet, Post 6" I wrote about a length of 1/2" angle iron that was cut off of the cabinet frame because I didn't like how it was positioned. I had placed the piece on one of the metal shelves along the back wall of the garage. It would probably be recycle by cutting it up and using it elsewhere so I placed it perpendicular to the shelf so it would stick out and be noticed. Big Mistake
To join the pieces of the waste bin together I started looking for my biscuit cutter. Don't use it too often so tend to forget where it's stored. Looking around the shop trying to find it when I spot it on the shelf directly below the angle iron piece. Problem is I didn't notice the angle iron and when quickly I bent down to retrieve the biscuit cutter I drove my forehead into the end of the angle iron piece just as hard as I could. I didn't see stars but I did hear (felt?) a distinct "thud". Since the other end of the angle iron was up against a cinder block wall it was a solid hit.
As soon as I straighted up and saw that I'd left a tiny bit of scalp and hair behind on the end of the angle iron I knew, "Oh yeah, that's going to start bleeding." And it did. Made it to the bathroom and administered first aid. Didn't need a trip to the ER since my skull stopped it from going too deep. Stopped the bleeding then cleaned and bandaged the angle shaped wound and got back to work.
Here's a picture of what I saw on the end of the angle iron. Not particular messy but I'll just leave it as a link in case it might bother some.
Use the biscuit cutter and glue and a bunch of clamps to make up a waste bin.
Let the waste bin set up overnight.
A note about the 1/2" angle iron. It has since been cut up and the pieces used in other parts of the van conversion. I didn't clean it off before using it so at some level I am now truly a part of the van. Or does this mean that HAL is now a cyborg?