loading
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.

Step 1: Supports:

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:

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...

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

Step 4: The Other Side...

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

Step 5: Strengthen...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Step 10: Fitting the Jug

Finish off the front with a beam. Mine is of a Length that keeps the entire structure square (actually rectangular), but you know what I mean: all corners are 90 degrees.

I made mine to a size that keeps the jug nice and snug, but I'm still able to slide it in/out as necessary.

Step 11: Put It Into Your Camper.

This was meant to fit in the front-right corner of my camper-shell.

Underneath is...

A HIDDEN STORAGE AREA!

You can't see it, but there's a spigot inside the lid --I just haven't flipped it around, yet.

Step 12: Fit Your Basin...

This is my basin and sink and open storage bin. I guess you can say it's a "standard size".
I picked it up from the dept store, and there's an RV dishes rack that nests perfectly in it...

I'm planning to buy said RV dish rack soon •_•

Step 13: Look at Your Work!

If you're happy, then I'm happy!

This is a basic structure that can be used as a basis for other additions like: other shelves on top of it, or curtains to hide the jug, hooks to hold dish rags and such.

Stain it or paint it... Hide kitchen related things underneath it --whatever you normally do with your sink and the space underneath:)
swu3: it works quite nicely and I don't need to stay close to water sources as much!<br><br>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!
<p>Clever, and cheaper than those fancy ceramic 2 gallon ones, which also need a stand. Nicely done.</p>
That mattress thing doesn't look very pleasant.

About This Instructable

9,314views

70favorites

License:

Bio: Hi :) Thank you, humbly for taking the time to explore my projects. I thoroughly enjoy learning and working with my hands, and hope that you ... More »
More by azükiBEAN:Lap Table and Decorative Cushion Surfboard Racks Decorative Shelf Thing 
Add instructable to: