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Built my center console today.

The Chevy was lacking an arm rest and a center console, so I went ahead and built one, as buying one off any website I could find would cost me at least $100. I built it for a grand total of $10, LOL!

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Then I added the pen/pencil holes, sun glasses case hole, and stereo remote hole:

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And in the dirty truck:

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All I need to add is the lid, and some dark gray cloth (if I can find any).
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so it just sits on the center seat? not sure if i like that...
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so it just sits on the center seat? not sure if i like that...
For now. It's heavy enough and tight enough to the seats that it doesn't budge. It was a fight to get it in between.
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Hmmm.... Im with 08XLT4x4 on this one. Not too sure if I would like the idea of an armrest just sitting on a seat. I wouldve cut the 60/40 seats into buckets and then made a taller one that would bolt into the actual floor. But maybe after you add a lid and cloth it will look better...
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Hmmm.... Im with 08XLT4x4 on this one. Not too sure if I would like the idea of an armrest just sitting on a seat. I wouldve cut the 60/40 seats into buckets and then made a taller one that would bolt into the actual floor. But maybe after you add a lid and cloth it will look better...
I wouldn't have to cut the seats to take the middle one out. It's a 40/20/40 split bench seat, and they are all separate. I just don't want to take the seat out.
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hmmm. I have a black plastic centre console very similar to that which I coul dhave given you for the cost of shipping lol.

But making stuff is always cooler.
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hmmm. I have a black plastic centre console very similar to that which I coul dhave given you for the cost of shipping lol.

But making stuff is always cooler.
For a Ranger? I think that would be worse, as they are way thinner.
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I kinda like it. Nice work. I think it will look much better once you get a lid and some fabric on it.
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For a Ranger? I think that would be worse, as they are way thinner.

No, just one of those universal fit aftermarket ones. It's about the same size as the one you just built. Has 2 adjustable cup holders in the front and a divided storage bin, but has no lid, so it doesnt make much of an arm rest.

I bought it for my B2200 when I still had the bench seat in it.
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Looks good. What kind of material did you make that out of? After tomorrow I may have to make me one depending on how bad I cut up the cup holders trying to get the CB to fit like I want.
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Looks good. What kind of material did you make that out of? After tomorrow I may have to make me one depending on how bad I cut up the cup holders trying to get the CB to fit like I want.
Just particle board. I got a 4 foot by 4 foot piece at Lowe's for like, $9 and some change.

Oh yeah, and don't do what I did to fasten it. 2 inch 15 gauge finish nails hurt really bad when they go THROUGH the wood at 120 PSI on the compressor. Shot my pinky. I kinda wish I had a brad nailer for this project. inch and a quarter would have been perfect.
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Yeah particle board and any nails seems like a bad combination. Wood glue, and counter sink some drywall screws. I prefer MDF though.
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Yeah particle board and any nails seems like a bad combination. Wood glue, and counter sink some drywall screws. I prefer MDF though.
Surprisingly, Lowe's didn't have MDF, and I had to stop there anyway to return something for my dad, so I figured I would try it.

I ended up breaking the nails off the racks and just hand driving them in. Seemed to be a lot better.
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u can get carpet at like walmart. i got mine for my sub box there cost me like 12 bucks for a roll
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Just particle board. I got a 4 foot by 4 foot piece at Lowe's for like, $9 and some change.

Oh yeah, and don't do what I did to fasten it. 2 inch 15 gauge finish nails hurt really bad when they go THROUGH the wood at 120 PSI on the compressor. Shot my pinky. I kinda wish I had a brad nailer for this project. inch and a quarter would have been perfect.
I'll have to keep that in mind.
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Surprisingly, Lowe's didn't have MDF, and I had to stop there anyway to return something for my dad, so I figured I would try it.

I ended up breaking the nails off the racks and just hand driving them in. Seemed to be a lot better.
The Lowes i work at sells MDF... in multiple sizes.

oh and just a hint - Find a piece of the plywood that is damaged. It doesn't have to be real bad... just a scuffed up corner or something you wont even use and ask for a manager and say you'll give them 1/2 of the shelf price for it.
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doesn't that 20 section fold down with as an armrest and cup holder?
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doesn't that 20 section fold down with as an armrest and cup holder?
Nope. On the LT models it does, but mine is an LS. It has steel uprights in it holding it in place.
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Nice fab work Jimmeh, not sure if you have or not, but I'd secure it down before it becomes a projectile if you have to stop fast or wreck.

I'm liking your new truck though!
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Nice fab work Jimmeh, not sure if you have or not, but I'd secure it down before it becomes a projectile if you have to stop fast or wreck.

I'm liking your new truck though!
Thanks. I have been thinking of a way to secure it down. May be a little red neck, but I think I can hide it pretty well.
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Nope. On the LT models it does, but mine is an LS. It has steel uprights in it holding it in place.
there isnt a way to cut them and bolt it together so it would fold down?
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Thanks. I have been thinking of a way to secure it down. May be a little red neck, but I think I can hide it pretty well.
cut notches out of the back and use the seat belt to hold it
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Nice work Jimmeh... look forward to the finished product... NOW GET WORKING ON YOUR ENGINE!!! f*ck the Chevy...
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there isnt a way to cut them and bolt it together so it would fold down?
I'm not cutting anything on a truck I haven't even made a payment on.
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I hate it.
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