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Saturday, April 02, 2011

First Galley Cabinet Carcase: I'm Calling it Good

First galley cabinet carcase has been assembled, painted and fitted. Ready for four drawers (and a face frame). Includes lower storage access against the hull. The main salon layout allows for a maximum drawer travel of about twenty inches (before it hits the opposing sink cabinet). This leaves about a ten inch gap between the back of the carcase and the hull that could be used for storage. So, a deep "pocket" was built into carcase that will be accessed by a removable bottom in the cubby hole behind the counter backsplash. It is about 12 inches deep and is big enough to hold a large Costco size olive oil container.

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Five large holes near the top are for ventilation.

Top view. Note the underneath storage at the very bottom (access cover removed).

Storage in "cubby" hole between hull and back of carcase.

Holes in the back to run conduit/hose/wire/whatever, if needed.

Update: As you can see, the carcase ain't perfect. In this particular project, I cut my teeth on the CNC machines accuracy and precision. Despite careful measurement of the plywood thickness, the dados cut by the machine ended up being a bit too narrow (by about 1/64th of an inch), enough to make assembly somewhat of a pain. I have since discovered the software setting that can compensate for this. Also, this project revealed that I need to do something about the machine's accuracy, precision and consistency before I use it to cut more detailed stuff like drawers. But for now it is ok for things like carcases.

2 comments:

The Incredible Hull said...

Nice work. While I accept that a number of drawers are necessary I am moving towards replacing some of mine with drop down fronts and just using the opening as a shelf.

robert s said...

Gerry, interesting idea. I can think of a couple places in the boat where a drop down face would be more desirable over a full extension drawer. The cabinetry in the "tunnel" for one. I will give that some thought.

But as for the galley, and me being the cook, I need drawers ;-)