When I bought Idéfix it came with the Origo stove mounted
directly on top of a huge but ugly silverware drawer. We liked
the convenience of the drawer, but the non-gimbaled Origo proved
a challenge, with a few near-catastrophes happening every cruise
season. So I decided that I wanted both: a drawer, and a gimbal.
I carefully measured the space available, bought an Origo gimbal
kit (nearly costs more than the darn stove itself!) and a wooden
cutlery tray that one would normally slide into a kitchen drawer.
Except that I used the tray as the base for the drawer itself.
I found a tray that had the perfect
measurements manufactured by Pomerantz (aka JP Products), model
1377. It measures 17.5'W x 12'D x 2'H. Linens ‘n Things
carry this brand, and it can also be found online at: http://www.hometownstores.com/detail.aspx?ID=76335
I bought two 12' full extension drawer
slides and some spacers. When buying the full extension slides,
make sure to buy a model that "clicks" into the closed
position, so that the drawer will not open accidentally when the
boat heels. I found mine with Lee Valley at:
I re-used the wood from the cover of
the storage bin under the stove to make a matching front panel
for the drawer. Here are the parts before assembly:
The previous owner has already cut a wide V-shaped opening in
the front wall of the storage bin, to enable access despite the
fixed drawer now covering the top. So the only thing I had to
do was add the gimbal mechanism, screw the drawer slides and top
cover in place, and presto - you have a nice silverware drawer.
Please click above to see FULL-SIZE
The cover is 6mm plywood stained
with Minwax Golden Oak and protected with clear Varathane. It
is glued to two ½’ x 1½’ dowels screwed
to the side walls. The slides are mounted on these dowels with
spacers to get to the exact width of the drawer + slides (in my
case, a 3/8’ spacer on each side).
I used small parts of plywood from
the original storage bin cover to make a front panel for the drawer,
plus two little strips to “hide” the front of the
dowels and the slide mechanism. These strips are glued to the
front of both dowels, right and left of the drawer front panel.
The Origo can still swing freely, as long as you mount the cover
of the drawer exactly under the gimbal mounts. The overall fit
is really, really tight. There is barely a millimeter left between
the hull and the rear right corner of the drawer, but everything
works to perfection. It might be necessary to remove the headliner
to make more space in this tight spot.
Note that the drawer (plus its front
panel) must be at least 1' narrower than the full 20 1/4' width
available for the Origo - because the drawer must clear the door
of the cabinet under the sink when open.
Boudewijn - Idéfix
Editor's Note: One thing
I was concerned about was losing some of the access for the "pots"
below the new drawer. Boudewijn said that the V-cut space
actually allowed a good size frying pan and smaller pot to slide
through with ease. One other note, one might consider reversing
the alignment of the drawer, putting the large longer tray on
the outside for easier access to the cooking implements - kh
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