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A Sink for Your Truck (BOV Sink)

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I wanted a way to have potable water on the fly. I thought perhaps it would save space if I made a sink with which to wash hands and dishes, I could kill... ummm... a few birds with one stone.

The potable water can be used for:

-washing hands/dishes
-cooking
-drinking
-moistening rags to wipe down anything/self.

The whole thing is made of reclaimed wood I had laying around, it's held together by drywall screws and a few nails.
 
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Step 1: Supports:

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These are about 20" long. They are the 4 corners that carry the weight of the 7 gallon water jug.

Measure yours to whatever Length you need.

Step 2: Base:

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The base is made from 30" long bed slats I reclaimed. I have a bunch of these slats and they look too nice for firewood. Screw these on. I used drywall screws. You can choose the Length you need (depending on your setup). I'm working with a 2001 Toyota Tacoma.

I know --small truck:) but, my GF and I are comfortable in this setup!

Step 3: Other Corners...

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Screw on another support, making sure it clears the Height of your jug.

Step 4: The Other Side...

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Make the other side the same way, mirror them to be sure they are straight.

Step 5: Strengthen...

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Strengthen the supports with a side beam on both sides.

These beams also mark the level of the bottom of the jug.

Step 6: Square It Off.

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Find the width of your jug, and use a smaller beam on the side where the spigot will end up.

For the rear, I just used shortened bed slats (same L as the front beam) for the panels.

Step 7: The Tray.

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I measured the inside L of where the jug is to sit; cut more slats to fit within, and hammered them in place using 2 nails on each end.

Step 8: The Top.

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Finish off the top by connecting the corners. Guess what the Lengths are... YUP! same as the width of the back panels.

See picture:)

Step 9: Braces and Stoppers.

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These corner braces were made from random pieces of aluminum I found laying around in the garage. You can use an "L" bracket --I'm cheap. Screw these on per the picture.

OH! These also stop the jug from moving too far back.
azükiBEAN (author) 4 months ago
swu3: it works quite nicely and I don't need to stay close to water sources as much!

DSC: it isn't pleasant on the back without the mattress, but it sure works great as a table for when I'm near wifi:) I like to sleep on firm platforms (better for my back), and as far as aesthetics goes, I was aiming for wood-construction and functionality. Over-all: I'm very pleased:) WIN!
swu34 months ago

Clever, and cheaper than those fancy ceramic 2 gallon ones, which also need a stand. Nicely done.

That mattress thing doesn't look very pleasant.