I’ve been doing quite a lot of work on the conversion lately and as you’ll see from the photos, I’ve accomplished a decent amount.
Let me show you what I’ve been up to…
As you can see from the picture above, I’ve made all of the doors for the kitchen cabinets, as well as the bathroom, wardrobe and cupboards, 10 in total.
The handles are recycled from my mum and dad’s bedroom refurbishments, so were freebies. I bought 20 pairs of hinges from eBay for just over a fiver.
I made the doors using 28 x 18mm softwood for the frame, 9mm MDF for the panel insert, and 3mm hardboard for the back.
I’ll show you how I did it…
Making campervan cabinet doors for only £3.00 each
Let me take you through the construction process of building low-cost campervan cabinet doors:
Step 1: Cut four pieces of 28mm x 18mm frame to the correct length and width.
Step 2: Half joint all the ends.
Step 3: Route a 9mm rebate on all pieces (for the MDF panel), making sure not to go right to the end on 2 of the pieces.
Step 4: Glue and staple the frame, making sure it stays square.
Step 5: Put plenty of glue in the rebate.
Step 6: Cut the 9mm MDF panel, and staple in place.
Step 7: When dry, glue and pin the hardboard back panel in place.
Step 8: On all the doors that are designed to hang on the front of the cabinets, bevel the edges with a router. Then sand all over.
The finished campervan cabinet door: Cost approximately £3.00.
This is what the doors look like fitted, this is one of the wardrobe doors.
The toilet door was a little trickier to make, as it has 3 panels.
This is the door for the bathroom cabinet.
Onto the kitchen…
Before I made the doors for the kitchen cabinets, I had to face the main sink/cooker units with 6mm MDF.
I also fitted a couple of shelves to the cabinet on the right.
The kitchen cabinets with the doors fitted.
This is the cabinet over the sink, with a space for the cooker hood to the left.
Underneath the cabinet, I’ve glued a piece of heat resistant laminate sheet to protect the cabinet from steam/heat when cooking. See picture below.
Cabinet with rounded side…
At the front of the vehicle (near the sliding door), I decided to fit another cabinet. As the cabinet is near to the sliding access door to the cab, I thought it a good idea to round off the side near the door opening.
I made the body of the cabinet with 2 x 6mm plywood forms, one for the top and one for the bottom, then I made a framework to join the two forms together.
Next, I skinned the cabinet with 3mm hardboard. The whole thing cost about £4.00.
Latest interior photos…
The pictures below show what the interior looks like now. All the latest work has cost me around £35.00.
Cost so far £460.00
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