Hello my friends, camper’s and interested parties. Welcome back. It’s so nice to have you here.
For chronological correctness in my epitaph, (which is, hopefully, many years off), I’ve decided that, regardless of the winter downtime, I’m going to count each week since the beginning of the build to keep things in perspective. In actuality, very little was accomplished over the last sixteen weeks of winter, but I was plotting, scheming, going to camper shows and drooling over catalogs so I guess those weeks qualify as time spent on Das Nook.
Seems like forever, doesn’t it?
But the fruits of my labors are, without question, paying off. The three camping trips to date have been extremely successful: with the possible exception of that ugly hot water heater/swaying problem after last weekend’s fiasco, but any “oh shit” you can walk away from is a learning experience and I’ve heeded that lesson and, hopefully, corrected that problem this weekend. More tongue weight!
Yet again, the weather wasn’t totally conducive to work outside. Temps this weekend have been balmy, but Friday and Saturday were precarious. One minute it was bright, sunny and in the mid 80’s; and the next it was cloudy with a noticeable drop in temperature. Unless you’ve had the experience of hauling a table saw, miter saw and various and sundry tools, extension cords, etc. in during a sudden South Carolina deluge, you can’t fully understand the need to be diligent concerning how much you pull out on days like that. Unfortunately, the work I needed to do this weekend required almost every tool in my arsenal, so I worked accordingly Friday and Saturday.
Sunday, however, was an entirely different scenario. My backyard thermometer said 94 at 2PM today and I believe I got my first sunburn of the season. Who’d a thunk it? We’ve gone right from a terrible winter to mid summer without benefit of spring. I’m sure it’s global something.
Anyway, this weekend brought about the advent of the cabinet faces for the lower galley cabinets.
As you can see, they’re still raw. I fit them in to insure my blind ass could still read a tape measure correctly after all these weeks of inactivity, then took them out to sand and urethane them. I’ve been scouring the woodshed, searching for some nice 1×8’s I have somewhere in there amid the mess for the doors; both here and over the bunk inside the cabin. Once I find them, I’ll join them with Kreig screws and Gorilla glue, which is how the faces are assembled, cut them to the proper size on the table saw and rout a nice pattern around the door edges. I have always had a soft spot for knotty pine. I know it is a soft wood and not nearly as durable as oak, cherry or poplar, but I just love the look of it with a nice satin urethane coating on it. Every time I walk into my sister’s log home in the NC mountains I have a moment of complete euphoria from the wonderful, all consuming, smell of raw wood.
I’ll also be hunting through Lowes and The Home Depot this week, searching for just the right cabinet door hinges, pulls and door catches to keep the doors from opening on the road and spilling all my worldly possessions all over the place. I can’t imagine going to court over a pair of my drawers flying out of an open cabinet, totally blocking someone’s windshield and causing an accident.
This week was also a good week for perusing the web and finding all the little knick-knacks that you don’t really need, but just have to have.
I ordered three sets of martini glass string lights for around the 12×12 Easy Up awning I bought a few months ago. Those are certain to be a beacon to any roving teetotalers or prohibitionists that there are probably a few malty beverages being consumed at my campsite. Enter at your own peril! *laughing*
I also ordered a 7″ portable TV/DVD player for those rainy days, (or the nights when the Bruins are playing). I’m not a big fan of TV’s while camping, but there are always those nights when you’ve read all you can and you just can’t sleep. The one I ordered comes with an external antenna, (another hole in Das Nook), that, they claim, picks up scads of free-to-air channels. We shall see.
And, in keeping with the entertainment theme, I now have the waterproof, boom-boom, speakers installed. The booster won’t remain on the counter top, of course. I’ve got a few sparse inches reserved for it inside the cabinets, but these suckers can really crank out some bass! Loves me some bass. I’ve set it up so I can just plug my small MP3 player into it and I’ve got hours of what my friends call, “old fart music,” at the touch of a finger. Bohemians, the lot of them. Fleetwood Mac Rules!! Once everything’s situated, I’ll run a small wood molding along the corners to hide the speaker wires.
It seems that the more I accomplish, the longer my “to-do” list gets. Structurally, she’s completed. Nosty’s Nook’s camp-ability is currently at about 98%. It’s all the little, “but I want this!” (picture a large, 50 year old man, rolling around on the ground having a hissy-tantrum for effect), things that keep me out in the back yard every weekend, drinking beer with my friends and trading insults as I fit this piece or cut that one. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. *laughing* And, as always, I’m so glad it’s me. There hasn’t been a moment of this build that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. Don’t let the tantrums and blue clouds of curse words occasionally emanating from my back yard fool you. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist…………Ok, I may have OCD; so when something doesn’t fit “just right,” I may let loose a string of expletives, (especially when I cut something too short. Have you priced lumber lately?), but I haven’t once actually gotten mad, disgusted or thoroughly discouraged since the start of this project. They say careful planning pays off and I’m here to give that statement credence to the nth degree. I’ve always been a “shoot from the hip” kind of guy where projects are concerned. Truth be told, a lot of Nosty’s Nook was built that way. However, the brass tacks were drawn up, worried over, re-worried over, changed, modified and completely discarded numerous times before I ever took a saw to a plank. As of today, Nosty’s Nook has pulled $3028.66 into the vortex that now stands in the Big Top. Knowing that this wasn’t going to be a cheap project going in, I made certain that I’d crossed all my T’s and dotted all my I’s before I started slinging lumber. On the other hand, where can you get something that’s certain to give me years of pleasure and enjoyment, (on top of the thirty-seven weeks of sheer pleasure I’ve already derived from creating it from nothing more than a metal frame trailer), for slightly over three grand? You can hardly spend a weekend in the Bahama’s for that.
Anyway, soap box properly secured, I’d like to, yet again, thank all of you loyal readers for visiting weekly, for your great emails and for your support. Writing this blog and sharing the week’s accomplishments with you has been as enjoyable as the build itself. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.
You can contact me anytime, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always enjoy hearing from you.
And, should you have the chance, don’t forget to check out the Teardrop and Tiny Travel Trailer’s Forum. Some pretty amazing people have created some totally amazing campers in very little space.
Until next week, I wish you all peace, happiness and every good fortune life has to offer.
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