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 Bed End Shelf for Coleman Pop-Up

 

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I decided to add a bed end shelf for my 2001 Coleman Santa Fe, but did not want to part with the $75 + the stock shelf from Coleman cost.

Making this project difficult was the fact that I had never seen one, only heard them described.

In figure #1 I identified and located the two stock holes in the bed end support bar.

                           

Figure #1

 

I obtained a piece of oak, (1" X 3") and cut it to length.  I routed out the center of this to make a depressed shelf, leaving about 3" of solid wood at each end to add the mounting hardware.  In figure # 2 you can see how the shelf was mounted.  #1 is a standard "S" hook, attached to a brass chain #2.  The chain is attached to the shelf by way of a small nail.  To provide sufficient room for the shelf to fold up when the camper is closed, I cut a small notch out of the rear of the shelf to provide clearance for the chain.  At the front of the shelf, I used a 2 pop rivets as the hinge pivot, hammering the "bar" part of the rivets into the wood (pre-drilled).                                        

Figure # 2

Figure 3 shows the completed shelf.

Figure #3

   Revised: May 08, 2007

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