'Lil Diners One and Two
         Cutting the profile and building wall panels...

Intro Wall Panels Insulation, Wiring, Floor Bulkheads Roof Galley Diner #1 Finished Diner #2 Differences Diner #2 Final Touches

I stacked the two side panels together face to face. This will produce a left and right hand panel. I used a top-bearing pattern bit in my router. I cut both sides together for an identical set.

Here's the result! I braced a side up on the frame to get a sense of the final product.
The frame was just delivered by Mike and Michelle...

Still hooked to the Jetta that will tow it when finished.

I built up a pattern of two layers of 1/4" luan. I traced the profile out with the router. I'll use this pattern as a jig for the wall framing.
I will assemble the framing while on this jig.
I'm building twins, so, each one will match it's brother!

I laid out the framing from the plans onto the jig board. The curve is where the roof spars will go, above the headliner.

  Segments of 1 by 4 pine were cut and dry-fit around the jig. There are four layers shown here, enough to do the sides for two 'Diners!

I added the layout for the bulkheads, the walls that will divide the camper into a cabin and galley. These walls will be glued and screwed into recesses built-in as the walls are assembled.

Here, I have the framing assembled to the jig. All joints were made with a plate joiner and biscuits. Once the glue has cured, I'll trim the frame to the outside edge of the jig.

A recess for the forward wall/cabinet face.

  And the recesses for the two aft walls that will forn the main cabin wall and the galley wall, with a cabinet in the wall.

Extra blocking for the galley cabinets.

Here's the curbside wall for Mike's camper. The window side wall is started on the jig.

Mike's window wall framed up. The blocking in the corners is for the dinette seats to fasten to.

All of the framing was joined with a biscuit, or plate joiner. This way, there aren't any screws to hit with the router as I trim the frames to size later.

I trimmed the frames to size and shape with a pattern bit in the router. The jig serves as the pattern for this operation.

A clearer shot of the frame, trimmed to the jig.

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