|Project by SplashMaster||posted 03-13-2012 05:12 PM||2055 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Center Console for the Truck (Ford Ranger 2000 Model)
• 28” Long X 9 ¾” Wide
• 17 ½” Long X 8 ½” Wide X 12 ½” Deep
There used to be a 60/40 split bench seat in my truck that had a small fold down consol. I did not like it at all. I was only big enough to hold a few CD’s and some change plus the latch was lose ever since I had the truck. So I decide it was time to change it up. I got some bucket seats out of a 1997 ford explorer form a junk yard for 60 bucks. The bolted right in perfectly, but that was not good enough for me so I made some spacers and raised the seats up by 2”.
Then I worked for a while design the consol. I knew I wanted it to hold my CB and VHF radio’s and for its height to be level with the arm rest. I would of liked cup holders but there was not room. Also it needed to accommodate for the gear shifter. Other than that I wanted it to be as big as possible. But I did not just want a rectangle; it needed to be unique so I decided to make the front angle be parallel to the shifter. From there it was simple though just made 900 and 450 turns till I hit the top. I started with a piece of card board to get the contour of the truck and then traced it out on ply wood. With some trial and error and a lot of sanding I got it glued and tacked up. I used some cabinet hinges and left a lip on the lid on the driver side for opining it.
Well it turned out nicely with several coats of clear semi gloss polyurethane. I used ½” pine ply wood because it was cheap. Thanks for checken it out!