Fridge Cabinet - Post #4
If you look back at the pictures from the first postings about the Fridge Cabinet you'll notice that I'm continually moving the metal framework from the van to the garage and back again to do work or take measurements. The framework is light and easy to move. That's what I really like about constructing the cabinet this way.
With the framework done, drill some holes and bolt it in place.
The front bolt extends through the floor into the area enclosed by the underfloor storage box ("The Basement") so there's no worries about water incursion from underneath.
The frame top will be bolted to the metal shelf that runs along the side of the penthouse opening. I put down tape first to prevent the cloth headliner from catching in the drill bit and snagging.
Don't have a picture but there is also a bolt through the back floor brace. With the framework bolted into place I started tugging on it to see how solid it was. It's rock solid. Got the van swaying in no time.
Take the framework out again to prime and paint it.
Don't remember if I've mention before about my system for reusing paint thinner. I'm using oil based paint and primer so the brushes must be cleaned with paint thinner. If you plan ahead you can keep reusing the paint thinner instead of throwing it away.
I use three paint thinner containers. A new paint thinner can, a reuse jug and a waste can.
After cleaning the brushes pour the used paint thinner into the waste can.
If you let the waste can sit for a few weeks the paint and primer particles will settle out to the bottom of the can. Next time you're going to paint, carefully pour out the paint thinner into the reuse jug leaving the sludge behind. The used paint thinner will acquire a slight tint but will still be clear. If it's cloudy then it needs to sit longer. Use the paint thinner from the reuse jug to clean the brushes. The can of new thinner is to make up what's lost due to evaporation or for when paint needs to be thinned. Since I don't paint constantly this system works well for me.
Been using my current waste can so long that it now has 5 lbs of paint sludge on the bottom after draining.
Put the painted frame into place and just insert the bolts to position it.
Slide the fridge into place.
There are four mounting holes for the fridge. Mark their position on the framework.
Position the TV.
Use the TV mount as a guide for marking the framework.
Will need two cover panels for the sides of the fridge cabinet. Have to duplicate the curve of the wall panel where it meets the front cover panel. Can't find my compass so make one up from an inside divider, marker and masking tape.
Use that to trace an outline of the wall onto some posterboard.
Here's where the back cover panel will go. Along with meeting the curved wall also have to consider the eight tie-down points and ventilation for the fridge.
These are the cooling fins for the fridge. After some thought decide to leave these uncovered. That should increase the fridge efficiency.