It's been extremely wet around here. The third atmospheric river to be hitting our region in BC (and the Pacific Northwest of USA). Thankfully we haven't experienced any direct damage or impact in our immediate area but Abbotsford, and many other areas in BC, have been suffering a great deal.
Progress and lots of finicky work on doors and trim has occurred over the last few days. I'm trying to do a slider door on the bathroom and it is challenging. Finding appropriate materials to maintain as slim a depth as possible (to not eat up interior space in the aisle between the bathroom and kitchen counter) while having sufficient strength has been a puzzle. In the end I settled on 3/8" plywood with 1/4" baltic birch attached - for the wall and also for the door. After installing the door and discovering the door was warped, I had to come up with a solution to straighten the door and also to strengthen the wall (too much flex.) After a couple of different attempts I ended up using 1/8" x 3/4" aluminum angle on the wall. It still flexes a bit but with several pocket screws holding it in place and also with the slider door in the channels, it is strong enough. It's certainly no worse than a couple of wall in our house where there are pocket doors. For straightening out the door I used angle aluminum as well but it was only 1/16" thick. At first I had trouble with the aluminum rubbing against the wall (and leaving black marks the way aluminum does...) I attempted to use a 1/8" straight flat piece but that wouldn't work because there wasn't enough meat to screw into in the door (if the door was a single piece of 5/8" plywood that may have worked.) Instead I decided to run the edge of the door through the table saw and take off some wood so the re-attached angle would have clearance to the wall in behind. That seems to work (for now - hopefully the door doesn't warp any further.)
The boxes at the rear of the van serve several purposes: 1) that hold the foam mattresses in place, 2) they keep things from falling into the "black hole" space between the ends of the benches and the rear doors, 3) they'll act as end tables for when we have guests or we are watching TV (I'm making some cup holders), 4) they're great as night stands for the bed area to store odds and ends, and 5) I discovered this evening that if we want to we can store our Lagun table top in the space between the night stand box and the rear van door.
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.