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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-06-2017 10:42 PM 1567 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought a GPS and was looking for a place on the dash of my Outback to install it. I did not want it up in the window to block any view and so it was not an invitation to theft. The only thing available was the pull out cup holder that I don’t use any way. I made a plywood platform for it with a T-nut in the bottom. Then I made a cross piece for the under side to secure it in place with a home made wooden thumbscrew. I put a piece of .090” aluminum on top with contact cement and it works real well.
This way it is a lot closer to use it than if it were on the windshield where it would not be within an arms length.

I painted all the wood black to blend in with the interior.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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DeputyDawg

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#1 posted 09-06-2017 10:48 PM

I’ll tell you what Jim; Your one of the most amazing woodworker’s I have ever had the pleasure of watching. You never know what your going to come up with next
DeputyDawg

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#2 posted 09-06-2017 11:07 PM

I agree with DeputyDawg…....Great idea and Great Project Jim,.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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lew

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#3 posted 09-06-2017 11:14 PM

Neat Idea, Jim!

I had to laugh when I first saw it. It reminded me of when computers first got CD drives. We had the greatest time convincing folks they were cup holders. Just push the button and insert your drink.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-06-2017 11:58 PM

Good one Jim.
My one fits in the cup holder which had a coin box in it so I added a couple of turned pieces & now it fits my Tom Tom Go

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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kiefer

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#5 posted 09-07-2017 12:22 AM

That should work and not interfere with visibility as you said .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 09-07-2017 01:02 AM

Good thinking Jim! Make use of unused items! Nicely done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 09-07-2017 05:14 AM

That’s a COOL way of mounting it!

I also have a Garmin nuvi… bought some time ago… Yours looks a lot better than mine! :)

I have t make a shade for it to hide it from sunlight… which messes me up!

You did GOOD as usual!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#8 posted 09-07-2017 06:44 AM

nice idea,Jim
now is time for wooden wheels?lol
have a nice day

-- bambi

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 09-07-2017 11:44 AM

It’s very nice and convenient, Jim.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 09-07-2017 12:58 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I was not going to post it but I thought it might give someone else an idea to mount one of those! Grumpy has a neat one that would have worked for mine too.

Hi Joe, LJ spinterbubba has one fixed on the front of the dash in his Outback and he had the problem of the sunlight making the screen hard to see. That is why I did this, so I can tilt the screen to get the glare off.

Hi Bambi, funny you should say that.I just finished a wooden wheel for another project and have not posted it yet.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 09-07-2017 02:10 PM

Nice custom build, the car companies are looking Jim!

Now, instead of 2^n cup holders, they’ll start offering 2^n gps holders with 12 plug power strips 8^)

Looks like a clean install (and not made of plastic). I’d hate to see the time your mind ever goes on idle.

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 09-07-2017 02:49 PM

Thanks Bruce. I like Grumpy’s better. I’m going to make a wood cup bank and make one like Grumpy’s. That type can be used in anyone’s cup holder.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 09-07-2017 03:42 PM

Did something similar awhile back Jim. I like the way yours sits. It is easier to see.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 09-07-2017 04:49 PM

Hi Lee. I like Grumpy’s even better and we pursue making one like his!! I’m looking for good fitting cup to use for a dimensional pattern!!.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 09-07-2017 07:07 PM

Sure, very functional!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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