Thanks to Tom P. on the Airstream forums for posting his idea to install drawer sliders on the Basecamp silverware tray.
Normally, the tray sits on the shelf in a recessed area that is 1/2-inch deep and sized to the tray’s dimensions which keeps it from moving while being towed. It works well to keep it in place while traveling but it makes it inconvenient to pull the tray out to get silverware when not traveling. Drawer sliders are a brilliant solution! I finally got around to doing the same today on our Basecamp and assumed it’d be straightforward and easy.
I bought the 22-inch version of these Amazon Basics drawer slides ($17). Mounting the slides on the bottom of the tray, rather than the sides, makes it work since the silverware tray is not a drawer and there are no vertical walls to mount the sliders to.
There are two complications to install them. The first is that the tray has a 3/16-inch thick bottom and, if you aren’t thoughtful about where you install the rails on the bottom, the screws that come with the rails are long enough that they will go through the bottom of the tray. That would look bad and be in the way of the silverware (and probably cut you when you grab silverware). Fortunately, there are vertical dividers in the tray that, if you line the rails directly underneath them, you can use the included screws and screw them through the bottom and into the vertical dividers. I was quite lucky that it just worked out.
The second complication is that the tray normally sits in a recessed cut-out on the shelf to keep it in place. The sliders make this recess unnecessary. However, the mounting holes in the slides do not extend past the recessed area so there’s no way to mount the slides above the recessed area.
I removed the lower support piece that is mounted to the underside of the shelf, made 6 half-inch tall blocks out of scrap wood, positioned them where the mounting holes are, glued them to the support piece, lined up the holes and pre-drilled holes in them. Then, I could reinstall the support piece and, with a short screwdriver, reach in and put the screws in to mount the sliders to the blocks. If that’s not clear, note the wood blocks below the sliders in this photo:
I did my 300th ride today since getting my Peloton 468 days ago and 316 days since I reached 100 rides.
Monkey Head Island:
It really does look like King Kong is standing in the ocean, but only from this angle. We spent 4 hours on a boat, went into caves, snorkeled, paddle-boarded and tubing in the Pacific Ocean.
By way of Houston…
3 hour layover and there’s only mega beers in the United lounge at the Houston airport. 😒
After another 3-hour flight to Liberia and a 40-minute drive to our home and by 9:30pm local time, we were at our destination at Peninsula Papagayo.
We celebrated Optimism’s 2nd anniversary today. After avoiding being sick for weeks while almost every employee and family member got sick at some point, I finally succumbed. I felt super weak and tired this morning. Little did I know that I’d feel much worse in the coming days.
Gay went to the brewery early to help get ready. I managed to get myself to the brewery and have some beers with Gay and Jon, Megan, Matt and Kevin, made a listless speech before tapping the cask of our anniversary beer and tried hard to socialize with other friends throughout the day.
It was very busy all day, with a line down the street before we opened to non-stop beer-pouring. It was our biggest day in beer sales ever: over 2,800 beers poured!
I hope I feel better and can enjoy our 3rd anniversary. Fortunately, we have a great staff that were well-prepared and had everything under control all day.
The kids tried to wake us up at 5:30am but couldn’t. They tried a couple more times and by 6:30am they succeeded. We went downstairs to see what Santa brought.
Later in the day, the Steelers clinched a first round bye in the playoffs with a dominant game against the Texans.
While I was driving home from a couple hours of work at the brewery, snow flurries started. By evening it was sticking and we had the first White Christmas Eve in many years.
Steve (Biff), Renuka, Owen and Claire came over for dinner.
Eva had all her friends over for her birthday today. They painted ceramics, ran around, had cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday, Eva!
Hudson started a new writing unit this week, Persuasive Writing, and so begins his lifelong mission to rid the world of little sisters.
Hudson’s friend Bowie got tickets to Star Wars on opening night for himself and friends. A few days before the movie, someone dropped out so I could go with!
The showing was for 9:30pm (which was way past Hudson’s bedtime) so he got to stay up very late. Hudson and I Uber’d to Blue C Sushi downtown for dinner with Bowie and his family before the movie at Regal Meridian across the street.