GALLEY

There are a ton of things that have to fit into the galley so the layout is critical. I started with this blank slate as you can see.

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The first thing I did was figure out how to install my fridge slides. The one slide attaches to the wall. The other side I had to make a mount sturdy enough to support the 500lb load capacity of the sliders. I ended up checking it with my weight of 220lbs fully out and it supported it good enough for me.

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Next I create a shelf for the fridge slide.

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Below the fridge slide I created a drawer for utensils and other smaller things.

 

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Once this was done. I started working on framing in the cabinets since now I know the lowest they can go without interfering with the fridge.

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Then I cut all the plywood out for the cabinets.

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After this I created the doors in the same manner as the one’s on the inside.

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I then went and worked on the lower cabinet next to the fridge/freezer. I first built a false wall onto the fridge/freezer slide support.

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I enclosed the cabinet with the top peace. that will also act like a small counter top.

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Then it was shaping the front plate with the cutout to fit nicely and put it in place.

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To create the galley hatch I took a sheet of 3/4″ plywood and cut out 12 ribs.

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I glued 3 groups of 4 ribs together. Then sanded them down evenly. Then I cut them to length to fit the galley opening.

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Next I cut the cross members to fasten the 3 ribs together. Along with this I notched the two outer ribs and cross members so the gluing surface would be larger and stronger.

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I then fastened Clamped the two outer ribs into place and glued all the cross members in place. I used a 1/4″ plywood spacer on the outside of each rib to ensure the hatch would be able to close once done.

 

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After the glue dried then I removed the frame and notched the cross members along with the top 2×4 and bottom 3/4″ ply to fit the middle rib. I also trimmed down the length of the middle rib to fit.

 

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Once I trimmed the middle rib to slide into place. I then glued and clamped it all together.

 

 

 

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The next step for the Galley hatch was to start skinning the outside. I started with one large peace to cover the curve. I used ratchet straps to hold the 1/4″ plywood down onto the ribs. I left the plywood longer then required so I could trim it with my router later for a nice fit.

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After the first peace was put on. I then test fitted it into onto the galley to ensure that I did not tweak anything and it would still work.

 

 

 

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After this then I used two small scrap peaces of 1/4″ plywood to finish the bottom flat section of the hatch. All this will be covered with aluminum so seams are not as important.

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Then I flipped over the hatch and had an internal debate with myself. Do I skin the inside to hide the ribs or show the ribs? Well the following is what I decided.

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You might of noticed that there is not a lot of counter top space in my galley. I came up with a creative solution for this. Add an exterior table. This table will be used for cooking and prep work. Maybe even an occasional candle light dinner.

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