New Dutch Door – Part II

Hello and welcome to the blog today!  Here’s an update on the Dutch door project for the van.   The pieces are now in place and I have some more cleaning and painting to do… but it works!

The top panel folds down into the dinner table you see in the second picture.  The table rests on a wooden box that houses paper towels.  I’m planning to add a USB port nearby for cell charging as well as a hook for keys.  The table top was made from four cheap stick-on vinyl floor tiles.  They won’t take the heat of a hot skillet but are find for hot food plates.

The coat hook will likely never hold a coat – or at least not often.  Besides being a place for the hat to hang, it doubles as a pull to lower the dinner table.

77 Dutch Door

If you look closely, you can see the point of a cat ear on the lower panel. There is enough room between the chair and the door for the kitty to pass through.


I originally stained the lower portion of the door a rich brown color… but it was just too dark.  Instead, a tan color was chosen.  I still like the dark door bottom and plan to keep the two pieces different colors.  The contrast is kind of fun.

With everything assembled, it was time to try the new dinner table.

8_Dutch Door Kitchen Table

This was actually an experiment!

I chose a chuck eye steak for the stress test.   This cut is not quite as tender or flavorful as a ribeye.  Chuck eye requires more seasoning but if done right, is pretty darned good and a lot cheaper.  Despite the weight of the meal and steak cutting motion, the table was very solid.  It was nice to wipe the table surface off and fold it away.

A big thanks, by the way, to Pleinguy from PleinAirJourney When we met last year he had suggested something like this.  The dinner table / computer desk will be very handy!

That’s about it for now.  I might be doing some camping toward the end of the week, depending on the volatile Iowa weather.

Take care.  Safe and happy travels!

Brad and Jennifer
Jones County, Iowa


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