Ryan's Camp Kitchen

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Project by Schwieb posted 07-29-2013 12:37 AM 35945 views 17 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been slow to post things I have been working on lately, but I have a few completed projects that could be worthy of a post but I just haven’t gotten to it yet but this one went out the door over the July 4th weekend and I wanted to post it. Those are my awesome 16 year old grand daughters in the first picture. My son Ryan and I did a little brainstorming while working on his kayak a couple of months ago, about working together on building a cabinet to set onto his existing platform that attached to the trailer hitch on his vehicle. He wanted to store and keep organized his camping and cooking supplies. This is a project right down my alley and so I did a little sketching and worked out a preliminary plan.

It had to be able to withstand the roughness of the road and use but of course it still had to look nice. Working within the constraints of the size of the platform, tail lights and rearview vision, I came up with a design that was about 20” x 60” x 30” I decided that a sliding access door was the best to get to the stored items and keep items secured inside. I designed it to be able to serve as a table if needed and came up with a support and a folding leg to support it. We used some plastic storage boxes to use as drawers to help organize things. I also considered placement for a 20# propane tank and the camp stove.

The cabinet is made of 1/2” fir plywood and SYP and finished it with several coats of marine spar varnish. I dadoed and rebated the plywood carcass and added solid wood to the exposed edges of the plywood. I secured the box to the metal frame with two metal pins that went all the way through the metal.frame and the cabinet base and were secured with clips to hold it down.

I love making things for my family and this project was a lot of fun to design and execute. Ryan loves to take his girls camping and I can only hope that this will be a part of their activities for years to come.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 01:07 AM

Well built and functional too. I like the door/table design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 01:18 AM

Looks good. Although you probably want to make a place on it to mount the rear license plate. That is if you don’t want Officer Friendly to ruin your road trip.

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 02:12 AM

Very nicely done and looks practical.

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 06:07 AM

That is so cool ! The whole family will have fun camping. I always loved the idea of a teardrop trailer kitchen but your idea is much more versatile than a trailer. Just one practical question : as the kitchen is attached to the platform, how do you hook up the platform to the tow hitch ?

PS. Your grand daughters are beautiful and I take it they are twins too ;) Congrats !

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 08:52 AM

A great design and build Ken. Will your son be driving with that gas bottle inside the cabinet? I’m thinking about the possibility of a rear-end collision.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 10:35 AM

Very nice design and well built…excellent job Ken.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 11:04 AM

nicely done and looks great!

-- Guy,PEI

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 08:10 PM

Ok I see…. (took me a minute). The “door” becomes the table. Neat setup.

But dude! You need to move that trailer and MOW under it! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 12:17 AM

Pretty cool unit, minus the safety issues with license plate and turn signals / brake lights / reflectors. Someone following you would never see the right hand turn signal.
Just sayin’ : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 07-30-2013 12:29 AM

Rayan have not only beautiful daughters, he also have the coolest car with three kayaks on the roof and now a camp kitchen on the back – but most of all he has a wonderful father.
Thats so cool, I can imagine wonderful Family meals by a river, after a day in the kayaks.
Best thoughts to you and the Family,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 01:57 PM

That’s awesome

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#12 posted 07-30-2013 03:01 PM

I love it. Great idea for those who do not have an RV. This takes camping to a new level. Great job! Using the out of the box thinking to extend your eating and prep surface by using the sides (door) as your counter extension was genius. Great project!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#13 posted 08-01-2013 02:02 PM

Brilliant idea! Great design and very functional. A must have during camping trips and family outings. Great job!

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#14 posted 08-01-2013 02:26 PM

It’s a nice project and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 08-05-2013 12:41 AM

Another clever design, very practical. After a day of yard work I’m hoping they are heading somewhere cooler for the first flight.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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