Anyway, this project was enough of a pain in the rear end that I figured some instructions were warranted for anyone who may wish to try something similar.
I started out with a pair of Zevro dry food dispensers in this space, which I installed several years ago, and which looked really cool. But these things were a nightmare of under-engineering. They may be fine for climate-controlled kitchens, but they don't work in an over-the-road scenario.
|Exquisite design style, but useless, representing thirty bucks I will never see again.|
I decided I wanted to retain the cabinetry end cap space as a cereal storage area, though, because it is so convenient. On long road trips, my husband and I typically eat a large meal in the middle of the day, then drive until nightfall, park in a Cracker Barrel or Wallyworld, grab a quick bowl of cereal, and get to sleep as fast as possible. It's just so easy to reach up there and grab cereal without having to rummage around under the galley in the dark.
My construction and installation sequence went like this.
(1) I ordered two of my favorite storage bottle - the Nalgene 48 ounce silo, directly from Nalgene. I did not want any printing or graphics on the bottles - I just wanted a clean, unmarked style.
(2) Husband and I designed a holding platform to fit the cabinetry end cap. The space is a difficult configuration, with a headknocker abutting it from the sliding door, the curved cabinetry and side of the van, etc. We settled on a simple design with the bracket in the center rather than on the edges as a typical suspended wall shelf might have, because of the geometry of the space.
|Ignore the red thing - that's our rear door prop, which received a second coat of red enamel at the same time. The two pieces of the cereal shelf were painted to match the Interstate's countertop and other gray items.|
|Template on the wall-facing part of the shelf. You can see how closely the paint color matches the countertop.|
|Template on the end cap. I had obstructions behind that face on the top and bottom, so I had to choose my screw locations carefully.|
(5) In order to make the hold straps, I used fabric elastic and double-cap rivets (here, and here) that my husband got us so that we could replace the stock straps on N95 masks with something more fitted and comfortable (with the coronavirus pandemic and material shortages, single-use N95s are being stretched out for use over several months apiece). I would prefer to use shock cord in this application, but I could not find professional-looking and properly-sized end finishes on short notice.
The elastic strap was held in place by simple eye-screws that extend into the end cap.
|In order to get the elastic band into the eye screws once they were screwed into the cabinet, it was necessary to Dremel out a narrow channel where the round terminus of the eye almost touches the shaft.|
(5) Once the eye screws were installed and the elastic eased into them, the silos can be added.
Close-up of the rivet:
And with that little project completed, we'll continue to enjoy Blogger while we can.