Even tho I built my shelf/storage area after the TD was completed, it would have been better if incorporated into the actual build. After a couple of hunting trips I realized I needed a place to store my hunting rifles 'out of sight' so I began looking for space in the 5' wide TD to construct such an area. I 'settled' on the front 'curve' of the cabin as the best place so I got out my tools, bought some supplies, & went to work. We also needed better lighting than the overhead light I'd installed when building. I had on hand several 'bullet' type, directionally adjustable 12vdc aircraft cabin type lights, just needed a place to put 'em. I constructed a framework from ripped spruce 2x4s & some scrap luan ply that I had on hand. Guess I must've already had this in mind 'cause I'd installed the wiring for lights (including for indirect LEDs) when building the TD
I built boxes for the directionally adjustable 'bullet' lights & for the indirect LEDs, covered the framework with 1/8" luan, installed a piece of 1/2" ply for the top, added 1/8"luan trim over the ends of the 1/2" ply, & used a piece of 1/8" luan with 1/2" fir ply spacer & a handle as a cover/shelf for nighttime storage. We keep a small box of tissues & other miscellaneous items there during travel (I also built-in a 'rail' to keep things in place). I can remove all items, lift the luan top & the storage area will hold as many as 5 hunting rifles (in soft cases), securely, for travel as well as keeping them 'outta sight' from casual obvservation. The indirect LEDs provide just enough 'soft light' to move around but not disturb another sleeper during those nighttime nature calls that are inevitable for folks our age. we use the top as a place to keep our glasses & other personal items at night... The storage cabinet also provides a neat 'back rest' for lying in bed reading, watching a movie, etc.