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The Ultimate Guide to Carpentry for Van Conversions 🪚

Woodwork; the most beautiful and challenging of the trades. It is one part of a van conversion that is completely unavoidable. In this article you will learn everything you need to know (and more) about carpentry for campervans. We will go deep on tools, joinery & cabinetry, colorants & finishes, as well as a bunch of tips & tricks! Taking 20 minutes to read this article will save you a lot of time and money down the road!

I'm Shane, I've been teaching people to convert campervans for many years, I'm the author of The Van Conversion Newsletter, the van conversion instructor at Udemy, and the proud owner of a beautiful self-build campervan called Beans. So let's jump in and learn about carpentry for campervans!

Campervan Carpentry

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Supplies List 🛒


Bosch power drill

​Bosch power drill (800W)

For driving and drilling

Circular saw

Circular saw (1500W)

For straight-line cutting

Orbital sander

Bosch Router

Bosch Router

For bevels, chamfers, and grooves. Very useful in furniture-making.


Mitre box

​Mitre box

For making accurate angled cuts (cheaper alternative to a mitre saw)

Bosch bi metal hole saw set

Bosch Bi-metal hole saw set

For cutting circular holes in wood and metal

Bosch ratchet set

Ratchet set

For nuts & bolts