Flood Recovery - Camp kitchen conversion #1: Building the orignal camp "kitchen"

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 04-23-2018 01:37 PM 2953 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So back in October of 2016 while we were recovering from the flood, my wife and I needed to get back into our house. We hated to live in a construction zone with 4 kids, but imposing on family for months was just not cutting it. So I decided to live in our RV at our house and work as many hours after work on stuff as I could. We decide that we needed one bathroom, the kitchen and floors to move back into the house. So I had 3 weeks to get it all done. We arranged for someone to come in and do the kitchen cabinets the first week of November 2016, so that was taken care of. It took me two weeks to lay all the wood flooring in the house and the left the bathroom. I had a week to get a working bathroom.

So I decided to build an open faced simple camp kitchen bathroom sink. I do not know the official name of them, but my family have called them camp kitchens or cleaning stations. First, here is the pictures of the original camp sink.

I laid down all the tile flooring and grouted. That took me about 4 days with all the drying time and different weird cuts I needed to deal with.

To hit the self imposed move in date, I had a weekend to build a camp sink. I started with a basic structure. Really the sink did not need this support, it was mounted to the wall studs, but the wife wanted something to put stuff on. I made a base out of 1×4s and then made a basic skeleton out of 1×3s.

My shop buddy helped me screw in the pocket screws and the base came out just as expected. I just finished it with some 1/4 ply wood on the bottom.

I used the skeleton to set the height of the counter top and mounted that 3/4 ply to the wall with some strips of 1×2’s. The skeleton was just kept in place and attached with some scrap board. The biggest problem I had was dealing with squareness or lack of it on the walls.

Fast forward to today, and we are now ready to build this into a cabinet. The wife said she wanted a layout similar to this:

It will not be floating, but it will have that basic layout. So I started working on that project this weekend.

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John Smith

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#1 posted 04-24-2018 12:07 AM

wow – very sad to hear the flood story.
but – you are doing a jam up job in the recovery mode.
watch out for that “little helper”. she will be up and gone before you know it.
my Little Helper just turned 45. seems like just yesterday we were putting
training wheels on her new bike.

keep up the good work !!


-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#2 posted 04-24-2018 01:35 AM

Sorry to hear about your flood troubles. You are doing a GREAT job. Love the safety goggles your shop buddy is wearing…PERFECT. Good job DAD.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 04-24-2018 01:08 PM

That is my shop buddy. I have 3 boys and 1 girl and my daughter is the one that wants to come in my shop all the time to help me. I love it when she comes in. She helps me with all the project and not just pretend help. She cleans up the shop and loves to hammer and help me cut. Shop rules are hands down by your side when others are using cutting tools and eyes and ears at all times.

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