OB inspired drawer build

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Off-Road Ranger I

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Loved watching Michael and Parnell build the drawer system on youtube, and had to build my own version. My old setup was made from a combination of 2x12's, 3/4" plywood, it was HEAVY. I have a lot of work to do yet but this thing is a feather compared to the old setup so far.

Behind the fridge will be my 2 125ah batteries and solar controller. The drawer will run on 54" full extension sides with a stove on another set of full extension 24" slides that will come out the front of the drawer. Can't wait to get more work done on this, and thanks Michael and Parnell for the idea!

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More progress on the build! Got everything welded, painted, drawer slides installed, and side panels cut. Need to buy more hardware, some stain, more wood, etc. Not sure what I want to do for the top panel, I wanted a piece of 3/8" baltic birch but I'm having a hard time finding it (Covid...)

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So, I'm not a carpenter and have never aspired to be one, I prefer metal. This drawer has been a challenge, it was ever so slightly too wide to fit between the slides. Which resulted in me needing to take a planer to the outsides and get it to fit. I'm not happy with the fitment, but it's good enough for me to test the concept out. I got it sanded smooth today and a coat of satin poly applied. If this system ends up working for us I'll pay a cabinet maker to do make a real drawer!

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So, I'm not a carpenter and have never aspired to be one, I prefer metal. This drawer has been a challenge, it was ever so slightly too wide to fit between the slides. Which resulted in me needing to take a planer to the outsides and get it to fit. I'm not happy with the fitment, but it's good enough for me to test the concept out. I got it sanded smooth today and a coat of satin poly applied. If this system ends up working for us I'll pay a cabinet maker to do make a real drawer!

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Might talk to @Smileyshaun or @jcgraves3 to see if they would be willing to lend a hand.
 

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I think I saved it. The issue I was running into is I made the drawer out of cheap pine boards, nice and light but incredibly soft, terrible wood screw retention. Figured out what to do though, switched to 1/4-20 screws and got inserts that go in the back side. It works! Now I need to figure out the stove drawer. The inserts are in the way of where I wanted to mount the slides :smile:

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Been swamped with other projects, but did a little to the drawer finally. Made the sides and installed them (the vent is for the refrigerator's condenser). Then started work on the top. I wanted to use L-Track in my build as well, to fasten them down I used rivet nuts in the square tube and will use 1/4-20 screws.

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