Work on the kitchen cabinet continues. After visiting three different kitchen cabinet and counter top suppliers in Langley, I was not able to find a supplier for Corian solid surface material besides a big box retailer. The price estimate came in much higher than what we think is reasonable - and we wouldn't even get the cut out waste material from the cooktop and sink cuts. We'll probably end doing a laminate on either plywood or a pine board shelf. We had considered doing a wood countertop (which we see in many vans and it does look really nice) but we think it has a couple of drawbacks. First, when we've looked at vans with wood counter tops, after time, the wood splits or shows excessive wear. Second, we already have sooo much wood in our build. The cabinets, ceiling, and floor all show wood grain and earth tones. We felt the Corian would have helped lighten/brighten the interior. Laminate will do the same. So one more job for me to do - but at least I can cut and finish the counter myself.
Lots of work occurred yesterday when I built all of the cabinet drawers and installed the boxes on rails into the cabinet. Today I only got a few hours to work after dinner and did some tweaking of the drawers with their finished wood faces. Boy, building and installing drawers is really fussy work. I had never done it before and trying to get the faces to line up properly with the cabinet frame was exasperating. In the end I think I have them reasonably well aligned. The last finish for them will be hand holds and then South catches. It will be the catches that will pull the drawers tight so that everything lines up nice and tight.
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.