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11. Tiling, Trims and Fixings

We wanted our trailer to have a home-kitchen feel to it, so we tiled a splashback and made trims using a mix of old domestic tiles that were leftover from previous jobs.
We experimented with tile arrangements until we were happy with the pattern, then we cut the tiles down to size using a tile cutter.
All hands on tiling!
We mixed up batches of tile adhesive and applied it to the chipboard backing we had prepared earlier. Then we pressed in each tile and crossed our fingers they would stay on the wall! We used spacers to equally space the tiles, and removed them when the adhesive was partially set. Wiping the tiles clean when the adhesive is still wet makes the cleaning job easier.
Most of the tiles in place 🙂
Grouted and cleaned tiling, with wooden trim

Fixings: Fold up table, hatch support bars and shelves

It’s essential to maximise useful space in a small food trailer. So we added a fold-a-table to this small front wall, held shut by magnets and held up with a hinged gusset.
For the hatch supports we thought we’d stick with our make everything from scratch approach. Usually you’d find food truck hatches have gas struts, ‘gas sluts’, whereas we made ours from solid 16mm twisted bar, that was once again left over from a previous job.
Fabricated straight
Then bent to the correct angle in the vice, painted and fixed in position
Support bars in closed position, with twisty bar hatch handle and dead bolts
Super-Cool-Twisty-Bar holding up the main hatch
We wanted simple, open, display shelving above the tiling. So we fixed a wooden shelf to the top of the wall cladding, and fabricated and installed brackets. These will have a rail running between them, to keep things from falling off.
Fabricated shelf brackets
Shelving above the tiling

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