Fireman's Console

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-31-2012 01:35 PM 2304 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son in law is a volunteer fireman and he just got a new truck and asked me if I could build a console for his light and siren controls. A wood project?? Of course!!
He brought me this cardboard template cut to fit the hump in the floor and I went from there with some 1/2” Baltic birch.
He had the truck with him so I used my copy cat to get the radius of the hump and changed the shape of the front piece with a radius on each side to make the console hug the floor.

The case is put together with lock miter joints on all the corners. Routing the angled edges on the sides was tricky because because the pusher I use for a square parts would no longer work. I had to push the piece half way through the cut and then add a 1/16” shim on the outfeed side of the fence to support it so it would not push into the cutter once it left the right half of the fence. It is glued with Titebond 3.

He wanted the front on pins to remove it rather than screws because the whole thing is going to be upholstered. So I put four brass bushings in the case and transferred their locations to the front which has 4 mating brass pins.

After cutting locations for all the components, I added a shelf for each one and then put sides on for reinforcement which have holes for mounting .

I’ll post a shot of it in the truck after it gets upholstered.

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

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 01:54 PM

That stuff looks rock-solid!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 01:55 PM

Nice job with that one. It is nice to do things for other, just because we can.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 02:08 PM

Great job Jim !

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 03:20 PM

Nice job. What’s copy cat?

Thanks, Doe

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 05:24 PM


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#6 posted 08-31-2012 05:25 PM

Looks good. And functional. I also was wondering what a copy cat is.

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 05:38 PM

Who wouldn’t do that for his son in law.Nice

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#8 posted 08-31-2012 05:45 PM

Nice build Jim. That will definitely hold up for a long long time. Thank your son-in-law for his service as a voluteer fireman.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 08-31-2012 10:08 PM

Funny thing aye Jim, when any of the family want anything customised they always come to the “go to” guy :: ))
I hope they have a long life as an ornament and not required in action :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 08-31-2012 11:43 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. It was fun to build! He is also a Marine who just like helping people.
For those who asked about the copy cat. Here is it in its normal state- just a bunch of small round rods:

Here it is copying the radius on my drill press table:

And here it is ready to trace on a mating piece:

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

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#11 posted 09-01-2012 01:16 AM

Good one Jim.

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

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 11:01 AM

Handy fathers and fathers-in-law certainly do come have their place Jim. Another well made project. I too wondered what copycat was, downunder we know them as profile gauges.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#13 posted 09-01-2012 05:04 PM


This is a very neat project! And the fact that you used miter joints instead of butt joints is great!

Keep up the good work,

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#14 posted 09-01-2012 06:52 PM


Looks good!

Be sure it does NOT get in the way of a possible Gear Shift shaft, etc.

Looks like a really COOL way to have his equipment At Hand!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 09-08-2012 08:27 PM

I looked at this before, but wanted to look again.

I’m debating building a center console for our van. This gives me a good foundation to build on!

I have used a copy cat for a long time! Great tool. Although, I never had a name for it till now.

Tell that Marine Semper Fi.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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