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TJ Camp Kitchen
by Doug Simon

 

I chose to make the door stops out of some turn buckles I had in my parts bin.  Since they are adjustable, using them can help you compensate for a non level surface.
 

For now, a magnetic latch is getting installed until I find something that will work better.
 

The unit is now complete except for a handle.  I'm sure I'll make some changes after the first run which is scheduled to be Bradshaw Trail on the east side of the Salton Sea.  Tweaking things here and there based on actual use is all part of putting the finishing touches to the project.
 

A fit test of the items, after the final coat of paint is dry and the unit is in the back of the TJ, shows the camp kitchen ready to hit the trail. 
 

Every kitchen deserves a refrigerator or two.....and so a pair of coolers fits up nicely against the other side of the kitchen.  That leaves room for food stuffs and the rest of the camping gear (tent, hammock, sleeping bag, etc.). 


Closing comments from Stu:
  Well, there you have it.  Every day or two Doug would send me an e-mail containing a handful of photos and a description of each.  It was interesting to see the project come together, literally piece by piece.  At the same time, it became apparent to me that I'm not a wood worker.....or at least, I don't have any of those neat pieces of equipment that make wood working fun and interesting.  With some practice, I could probably get to the point where I could make my own drop in kitchen.....(and no one gets to count the remains of the numerous attempts that didn't turn out correctly!)

Again, my thanks to Doug for sharing this project.  Putting something like this together seems less formidable now than it did when Doug first approached me with the idea. 

Good luck on your next camping trip.  I hope you decide to take your own camp kitchen along! 



 

 

 

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