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what to make center console out of.

well, ive decided to man up and cut my 60/40 seats. ill get around to this as soon as i can but ive been trying to decide on what im going to make the center console out of.

im going to build a custom one. should it be particle board, plywood, or what? do i have to get into fiberglass work? much obliged.
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build the framework with MDF, its much sturdier and more solid than anything else. if you want some fancy shapes youll have to get out the fiberglass. when i built the console in my truck, i just used MDF and covered it with carpet, its a custom downfire sub box, blends in well
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ill be building mine with mdf and fiberglass this summer.. pretty much the same thing bob just said to do, lol.
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bob, i was thinking of integrating a sub and 6x9 box in with the console as somethin is makin me want to put my seats back in. i may do the cut tomorrow and then see what i have to play with in regards to measurements and such.

i may also want to put the cb in it and itll prolly be blended with the cupholders.

how well does MDF accept paint? i know particle board hates it and makes it look ugly, at least rattle can anyway.
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itll soak it in somewhat, not anythign dramatic though.. but after a good first coat, or primer, itll hold fine
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I am doing the same thing as Sean or at least something close. I am in the process of building a fiberglass console to house my CB and possibly an amp. I would have to say that you should do a fiberglass console too. MDF can't compare to the smooth lines you can get with glass.
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Made mine out of MDF..


Its not a full center console but you get the idea..
MDF is very easy to work with, if you take the time to sand you can get those smooth lines..
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I'll show you smooth lines when I am done.......lol
Looks good tho. Is there a sub in it or anything.
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looks like theres a cup holder.
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yep, I had to move the jack from the back because of my subwoofer so I made this console to fit over it in the middle so I dont have to be without my jack or buy a toolbox, the cupholder is a pencil holder from office depot.. the idea is the same, instead of a jack inside you could seal the inside and make it a subwoofer box or use it to hold a lcd monitor or something..
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MDF??

I jsut did the 60/40 conversion this weekend. I plan on building mine out of steel. Proly 1/4" square tube frame adn skin it with some thin sheet metal.

I am mounting my head unit in there with lockable cover (theft prevention) dont want to deal with taht again!
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MDF does paint very well, i build cabinets and bookshelves with it for a living. just get a good coat of primer on it and it will paint very well.
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alright alright...ill have to see wut i can do.
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what is MDF?
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mult-density fibreboard or sumthin of that sort. can be found at home depot. its really tough stuff. not the cheapest though. i believe its running 24$ for a 5x8 sheet here.
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Medium-Density Fiberboard... I too work with the stuff for a living..

I'v got the steel in my garage to build a console for my truck, just havent gotten around to it yet. And I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to skin it and how to cut out the rectangle for my CB and have it look good. I bought some cup holders for a boat from a local marine shop, they work well for consoles.
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MDF...Ok I gotcha.

Prerunner, yeah I think I am going to have to use tins snips or shears. Maybe jsut maybe I can get away with my sawzaw, but I will ahve to keep it nice and steady!
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