Saturday, March 30, 2013

custom van storage fit out

Owning a van myself, I know how important it is to make the most of available space and I had this in mind when I designed and built my own custom storage for all of the tools and equipment I need on a daily basis.

When I was asked to fit out a van for a local pool maintenance company in Dural, I jumped at the chance because I really enjoyed doing it for myself!

This job was a bit different though on two main points:

(1)  My client didn't want any extra holes in the body of the van, (I drilled numerous holes in my old van to hang things and fasten shelving).

(2)  All of the fittings had to be a mix of stainless steel, aluminium and galvanized steel, (carrying chlorine and salt on board will rust normal steel at an alarming rate!)

I used aluminium 30mm x 30mm x 3.5mm 90 degree L channel to make a frame that would support all the 17mm ply I would be using as the bench and doors.

Stainless steel piano hinge can be bought by the metre in some hardware stores and this is what I used to hinge my one hatch and two doors.

I used stainless steel flat bar made into a couple of custom brackets to support the back of my two raised back boards.

The three pad bolts,one for securing the hatch when it is raised and  two for securing the two doors when they are closed are of stainless steel.

Another fit out to turn a small truck into a camper with a bed and some storage options, see pics below:

Thinking things through and making detailed plans are all part of the process for customizing a van interior like this and I like it when I can sit down with a client and go over what they want and the ideas I have, to make the plans a reality.

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