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  • Hex Head Screws - for cabinet mounting

  • 1-1/2" Brads (Buy on Amazon)

  • 1/4" Overlay Hinges (Buy on Amazon)

  • 3/4" plywood - for cabinet profiles

  • 1x4s - for cabinet frames

  • 1x2s - for cabinet faces

  • 1x3s - for open storage lip

  • 1/2" plywood - for cabinet bottoms

Overhead Cabinets


To start on our rear overhead cabinets, we used a bevel square to find the angles of the top section of our walls. 

We built a basic frame using plywood and 1x4s. The 1x4s butt up against the two plywood end caps, while they are inset into the two center pieces.

Using scrap wood and car jacks, we dry fit the shelving frames.

We drilled holes where needed to bring the under cabinet lighting wires through.

To hang the frames, we used hex head screws through the 1x4s and into the vans metal interior and metal roof ribs. We drilled pilot holes and drove the screws using an impact driver.

For the shelf bottoms we used 1/2" plywood. We dry fit these, again using car jacks, and screwed them into the shelf frame. We drilled pilot holes ahead of the screws to ensure we would not split the plywood frames.

For the kitchen cabinets, we reduced the frame depth by 2" to provide more headspace while cooking. We inset a 1x2 on the upper frame instead of a 1x4.


To join the kitchen cabinets to the rear cabinets, we added a long shelf bottom and adjoined it to a 1x2 on the end of the rear cabinets. This "in between" space is an open storage concept. 

We framed all of the cabinet faces with 1x2s using an air nailer and a bit of liquid. For the front edge of the open storage we used a 1x3.

For the cabinet doors, we used 1/2" birch plywood and hung them using 1/4" overlay hinges.