VW decklid shelf

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Project by Bren posted 01-04-2008 06:53 AM 4906 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Volkswagens are my other hobby. I have a 1967 Beetle. I made this shelf using a beetle deck lid I found at our local recycling center one day. Decklid is mounted to the shelf with a couple ‘L’ brackets. The shelf is held onto the wall with a french cleat. Fun way to use some beetle parts that would otherwise end up as scrap. Have since made two others, one for my son and one for a VW buddy. Mine is used to hold my shop stereo. My buddies is used to display his many trophies.

I know it’s not woodworking but the second photo is my other hobby.

-- Bren Hartman, Battle Creek, Michigan

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 07:47 AM

My wife has always been a bug nut…I think I’ll copy your efforts as a surprise to her. I’m sure she’ll thank you for the posting. Cheers!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 08:13 AM

Very cool… 1st car was a 61 bug that I bought for $150. I later had a 66….black and red…chopped in the rear, 150hp, holly bug spray carbs, erson cam, ported and polished, straight headers, goodrich all terrain 50’s on the rear made it fun in the dirt. Used to make the muscle cars mad on the street too…:)...beaten by a bug. Wish I had never gotten rid of it….wasn’t very practical for a growing family though. Guy I sold it to totaled it two weeks after he bought it….:(

I’d love to find another early 60’s to restore but I think the wife would kill me.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 08:21 AM

Cool, We have a 79 Triple White convertible in the garage, I mean woodshop….

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 08:40 AM

That’s cool – I like it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 08:43 AM

Very cool! It adds flavor.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 12:48 PM

That’s a fun set-up.

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 01:36 PM

what a great idea.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 02:48 PM

I like it!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 03:30 PM

Looks like a superbeetle trunk. Very cool use of spare Vdub parts. Will that sub woofer fit behind the trunk?

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#10 posted 01-04-2008 03:44 PM

Very Cool!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 01-04-2008 06:18 PM

Excellent idea!


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#12 posted 01-04-2008 08:13 PM

Very cool. I think you may have started a trend here.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 01-04-2008 09:40 PM

What kind of trend would that be?

Thanks for the compliments. Like may woodworking projects this was not an original idea. I had actually seen it in a VW magazine. No plans, just a photo.

I have not tried to fit the sub behind it. I would guess it would rattle too much. Might try it if I find I could use the space.

I think it is from a super however my ‘73 standard deck lid looked a lot like this one.

-- Bren Hartman, Battle Creek, Michigan

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#14 posted 01-04-2008 09:45 PM

creativity rules

-- making sawdust....

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#15 posted 01-10-2008 04:55 AM

Great shelf idea. I, too, am a VW nut of sorts.-SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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