|After using standard rolling drawer slides, we found these really nice ball-bearing style. They open in 3 sections with an ultra smooth feel. Because the slides are encased, oiling them will prolong their life. These sliders are intended ( we think ) to be mounted as standard slides on the sides of the drawer. We, of course trying to be different, decided to mount them on the bottom. They are probably weaker this way, but the drawers Gena's fitting here are relatively short so shouldn't be a problem.|
Galley drawer boxes
Back frame for TV stand
|Between each drawer, being on a boat,
there should be a divider to attach locking latches to. I suppose side
latches would work with no separation, but close drawers tend to jam on
each other from "stuff" piling up. I imagine this would be the case from
Mounting the slides this way also makes the positioning a lot easier. They must be exact ( and we're no experts! ) in a flush face scenario or they will look pretty bad.
In the photo to the left, the drawers have been assembled. If they look crooked, it's not because Gena is a poor carpenter, it's the fact that everything is crooked on a boat! The non-square edges are to match the direction of the counter along the hull vs. the counter along the bulkhead. If they were left straight, when opened they would hit the other counter before fully opened. Well done!
The faces will be as thick as the cupboard frame facing, so they were aligned using that thickness to come flush on each side.
Meanwhile in my end of the boat, the back framing for the TV stand was being contrapted. I just had to route the board in so a length of ply would push into it, hiding any rough plywood edges. With the quality of plywood waning, and the surface thickness thinning, it's totally necessary to hide the cut edge.
|The rest of the frame that
will hold the lexan sheet over the screen was routed and added today. I
became a little tricky as I had over cut one corner, but the mistake was
hidden quickly and efficiently with a 1/8" thick chunk with matching
grain. Lucky me!
6 hours - Finished (mostly) TV box and made drawers, mounted.