Ford Transit Connect Conversion: Wall Storage and Counter Top
Last weekend brought a mix of nasty weather. Cold temperatures, rain and snow almost curtailed the conversion plans but I ended up making the majority of wood cuts from the basement and just turned the heat on in the Connect while I was measuring, drilling and putting things in place.
Sophia spent most of her time chasing tennis balls she’d drop at my feet and I’d absentmindedly kick her way. She’s getting a lot of exposure to the loud noises of power tools and is now completely unfazed by them. Though the errant curse word uttered because of a wrong cut or painful splinter always makes her cock her head to one side, she remains patient while my focus isn’t completely on her. She keeps herself busy digging in the garden, socializing with the neighboring dogs, Charlie and Ace, through our fence or chewing on a bully stick. When she’s had enough of my ignoring her, she’ll grab one of my mittens, a piece of wood or start rummaging through my bags. She’s learned it gets her my undivided attention. So that’s when I’ll usually take a break.
I built a shelving unit on the back, left side of the Connect. It sits above the refrigerator box and will be fantastic for storing dry food goods and clothes. I also cut out the counter top.
I worked myself into such a tizzy over how I was going to deal with making the cut outs for the sink and hand-pump faucet, that I almost didn’t do it. I’d already put it off for a week. In the end, I just sucked it up, took a deep breath and began the cuts. I have to admit I was rather impressed with myself getting it right on the first try. Step drill bits are the perfect tool for cutting holes in wood or metal. I practiced on a couple of spare wood pieces to get it right before using it on the counter top. I think it’s easily become my favorite tool. I also drilled a circular hole in the side of the cabinet with it. The plumbing will go through this hole and into the five gallon holding tanks I have for white and gray water.
A side note on the sink; it’s not really a sink. I searched everywhere for a sink that was small enough to fit in the TC. It had to be big enough to do what I needed, but small enough to leave ample counter top and cooking space (in case I should ever need to cook inside). RV sinks, even the smallest of them, were too big. So I took measurements of the space I wanted the sink to utilize and did an Amazon search for pans with those dimensions. Voila, enter the buffet pan. It not only fit the length and width I was looking for but also had the perfect depth. I just need to cut a hole in it (yay! I get to use the step drill bit again!) and fit it with a drain system. That’s my next project (along with cabinet doors for that space).