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Old 08-28-2014
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Default Project: Install a tool/utility drawer in an M380

The project was inspired by drawers installed by Jim Brookshire and Robert Britton. Robert has a two-drawer Jobox mounted in the narrow pass-through next to the water tank. Jim showed me that there is usable space under the water tank, and he has a Jim-made drawer installed in that space. I decided to put a single-drawer Jobox under the tank.

In the pictures below, the first two are Robert's drawers. Jim, do you have a picture of yours you can share?

The next two pictures show the end cover on the water tank, and the tank and its stand uncovered. If you compare with Robert's you can see that his tank is set back in with a lot more space between the cover and the bay door. I don't know how many different things along this line were done in various M380s - the 2003 M380 manual shows one like mine.

Pictures 4 and 5 are the Jobox. It is 6x12x50 inches, and weighs 31 pounds.

Next is cutting the hole. Until I made the hole I couldn't be absolutely sure that I had 12 inches between the outer wall and the down-the-middle support, but it turned out to be closer to 12-1/2 inches. I made the bottom cut 3/4-inch above the floor, both to make the drawer clear the lip at the edge of the bay and to make it so I could glue down a piece of the cutout back in the space, to support the drawer.

The last three pictures show the drawer in place, then the cover refitted with a cutout, and finally the extended drawer.





















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That is slick. Very nice.
Where did you buy the job box?
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This is a picture of our homemade drawer.
As you can see, it is filled with Important, but light, materials so it doesn't need a ball slide. The wife insists that this storage is more important than tools or spare parts.
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This is a picture of our homemade drawer.
As you can see, it is filled with Important, but light, materials so it doesn't need a ball slide. The wife insists that this storage is more important than tools or spare parts.
Going to Alaska it had many jars of Dukes mayonnaise......and we used them all......all this TP.....one might say we are full of......s#%t....... Actually I did not realize we had so many rolls....I bet Jim added some just for the photo opp
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Jim and Nancy, if I did woodwork like Jim I probably would have gone the homemade route! Peter, got the Jobox on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00164SAYM
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Thanks Don, however to have my name in the same post with Peter when it comes to wood working is a major mistake. I might qualify for rough work, Peter does ART. But thanks anyway.
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Thanks Don, however to have my name in the same post with Peter when it comes to wood working is a major mistake. I might qualify for rough work, Peter does ART. But thanks anyway.
Peter Haggins is the person Jim is writing about! Peter has built some beautiful cabinetry for his BB and other BB folks. On the way home from our Alaska trip, We were lucky enough to see Peter's workshop and all the furniture he built for their home. He does outstanding work!!!
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Thats just awesome all the way around!! Now I just need a M380 so I can do that!!
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Nice work Don!
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finding unused usable space is an art, it takes a lot of practice to start seeing the spaces within spaces. Doesn't it? I'm trying to get it, it isn't easy to see through what is there. Nice going, Jim, that bonus space find is really slick.
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