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Unread 01-24-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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DIY Center Console

So I have been snoopin around the forums for a while now and couldn't find a TJ center console build from scratch, so heres mine.

First Stage: Design and mock up.

Step 1: Design
Here is the initial plans I drew up. Deviated slightly from them as you will see later, but I corrected the measurements on the drawings so they should be correct.



I have'nt started on the front half yet, but I will add it soon.

Step 2: Mock up

Materials needed:
Plans
Cardboard
Scissors
Tape (I used Duct Tape)
Pencil
Tape measure/ruler
Speed Square
Jeep
and of course some tunes



I started with looking at my sketch and cutting it to fit the space in the jeep and eventualy came out with this:



Then test fitted it





Finished mock up... minus a few panels that I will fine-tune as I build it.



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Unread 01-24-2010, 11:48 PM   #2
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looks good
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Unread 01-24-2010, 11:50 PM   #3
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looks like it will be a cool center console
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Unread 01-25-2010, 12:18 AM   #4
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Stage 2: Build

I took a look around the garage to see what I had laying around and came up with this:



Turns out this stuff was the best material for this project. Strong, but as thin as the cardboard was that I used to mock up the console, so the measurments were almost dead on.


3/16" 24 X 48 SRV TEMP HDBD
and
2x2, about 8 feet of it.

Both together I think cost around $10 at Homedepot.

Then gather tools:
Circular Saw
Work bench
Clamps
Pencil
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Straight Edge
Drill and bits (countersink bit)



Ran to Homedepot to get some hardware because I didn't have enough at home.
Picked up some countersink screws:
#8x 1-1/14
#6x 3/4
^100 ea
hinges x4
"Cam Lock"
for around $20



Cut pieces acording to plans and model



Started putting the pieces together. I cut small blocks out of the 2x2 for the corners








Then I measured the angle over the e-brake and cut that out of the center wall





Then mounted it to the console






Working on lid right now hope to have it mounted tomorow along with some finishing touches to the main console.

Thinking about hurculining it like the rest of my tub, think it will look ok?
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Unread 01-25-2010, 01:48 PM   #5
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I would just paint it black or your interior color gray with something water resistant.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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I look's really good. I like the design, simple, clean and easy!

Curious as to why you didn't go about 2-3 inches longer?? Just looking at the profile, you could have gone longer in the rear? Just a thought !

I too think black for a color as well !! If you have the OEM console, you could use the same hinge and lock with the new one your making.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 10:03 PM   #7
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I look's really good. I like the design, simple, clean and easy!

Curious as to why you didn't go about 2-3 inches longer?? Just looking at the profile, you could have gone longer in the rear? Just a thought !

I too think black for a color as well !! If you have the OEM console, you could use the same hinge and lock with the new one your making.
I wanted to keep some space back there so my oblivious passengers don't put their foot through it by accident. Also I wanted either a cup holder or mount a cb on the back, but we shall see what happens down the road. Or maybe I can "add on" a section for something. Good point though, ill be thinking about it.

The color will be black, and I don't have an oem, but i did this instead. It's kinda rough for now but ill seal it all up and put a pad on the top so you wont see the stop blocks.



More pics soon. Will be starting on the front half on Wed, update then.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 11:46 PM   #8
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looks great! i'll hopefully be building one as well once my overhead console is finished
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Unread 01-26-2010, 11:36 PM   #9
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updates????
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Unread 01-27-2010, 10:05 PM   #10
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Well here is where Im at as of tonight.

Started on the front half of the console. It took a lot longer to mock it up than I expected. It was a challenge to make the pieces line up because it's on the transmission "hump". I had to cut a curve into the bottom of the front panel to make it work.

Materials List:
Same as above

Tools:
Same as above
&
Jig Saw

Here's the mock up, sorry no plans yet, they are being written as I go. When I finnish I will put up the full schematics in word format.




Here's the curve



Spent some time with the jig saw for this part



Curve in place







I'm going to make a cover for the exposed T-case shifter above.

Also got my 3 way cigarette lighter adapter today, its going in the space in between the rear console and the front half.



Thats all Ive got for now, more soon. Unfortunately I won't have much time to work on it this weekend as I work through sunday, but I will try to post some progress anyways. For sure back in the lab on monday, but till then here is a list of things Im going to do:

Spackle the cracks to seal the consoles.
Install 3 way adapter
atach cover to rear console
Mount pad to lid
and still alot more

In other news I will be recieving my ruged ridge sport seats by the end of the week. Hopefully everything will fit!
Will post picks when they are in.
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Unread 02-01-2010, 08:41 PM   #11
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Update: Got my seats on friday but finally got some time to install them today... Which took FOREVER! The instructions that came with the bracket adapter was so broad it was easier to just try to put the thing together by looking at it. Although I did finally figure it out, they took quite a while. So here are some shots:









All in all I am impressed with the seats. For the money, there is no other seat like them. Vinyl, wheel type reclining mechanism, and a nifty lever that operates the tumble function of the passenger seat with relative ease. They are much more comfortable than the stock 97 seats, and the bolsters keep you in the center of the seat at all times.

Yes I did make some progress on the console, but very little. When I mounted the passenger seat I found that the console was indeed to wide. but it was remedied fairly easily by just triming it down. The only progress made today on the console was some cross bracing, and started on the 4wd t-case close out. More to come soon.










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Unread 02-01-2010, 09:09 PM   #12
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Wait, is this going to be made out of metal? Or are you sticking to wood?

Looks good so far.
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Unread 02-01-2010, 09:12 PM   #13
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not to put you down or anything but if you made it out of wood couldn't someone break into your center box real easily? Looks great even for wood..
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Unread 02-02-2010, 10:52 AM   #14
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I like your design and great job so far. I am also using wood for mine with a few twists. I would suggest that you use some fiberglass to strengthen it up a little. Plus you can get some good shapes doing that. Here is a picture of mine. I am still trying to figure out the stereo mount to where it opens and closes for more security. Also here is a good sight for Fiberglass info.

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All I used to get the shapes was an old white t-shirt and some hot glue to hold it in place. It really does add alot of strength to the structure.

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Unread 02-02-2010, 03:38 PM   #15
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Yes it will be out of wood. Im not concerned too much about having someone break into my console. If they realy want my stuff they are going to get it. Locks only keep honest people out;-) the scews will be covered though. Its just to hold my junk and keep it out of sight.
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