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Old 12-07-2004, 07:05 PM
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Input on console

I've got a couple of questions regarding my console. I should have asked before I built it, but hopefully it will work ok. I used pine for most of the construction.

My mock-up.


Ready to cover.


1. Should I coat the wood for protection from the elements? How does the bare wood work with the adhesive? Does the adhesive soak in and not hold up over time?
2. I need to come up with some kind of insert for the drink holder areas. Any ideas?

Open to suggestions.
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Old 12-07-2004, 07:58 PM
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Console

It looks great. A really good design. Why not just stain it? Something like Teak maybe. On the places for your drinks, I went to a boat dealer and bought the cup holder inserts. They had them in black, white, but I got them to order some from Fisher Marine who builds Pontoon Boats and they had some though plastic, that looked like wood.
If you decide to cover it though 3M 8090 will do the trick.
You did a good job on that console, I'm impressed!
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Old 12-07-2004, 10:52 PM
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http://www.iboats.com/boatproducts/m...older/?dz=1697

They have simple drop in cupholders. I use these alot in my consoles, they're cheap and do the job just right.

Just a comment, the way the back of your console steps down, that will make it really hard to cover. It will have to be sewn in at least 3 places, unless you are using a REALLY stretchy material.

The glue will not soak into the wood. I glue alot to wood, and you wont have a problem at all.

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Old 12-08-2004, 07:58 PM
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Restore60s, thanks for your reply. I had the same thought about staining versus covering as I was finishing up. Unfortunately, without other changes to the interior style I was planning, stained wood wouldn't fit in. Good input on the cup holders. I hadn't thought about boat supplies.

kristkustoms, I was hoping you would comment based upon your experience. I looked at the link you supplied and that looks like what I was looking for. I have selected Optimal Leather from CMI for the interior. Since I'm a rookie with this, I don't know how stretchy this material is compared to others. The good news is that I'll be using an upholstery shop for this so I'll have the benefit of their experience. Just for future reference, what shape would have worked better than the step down? Good to hear the wood will work "as is".

This is really good news since my wife thought that the cup holder area looked like it would make a good planter. I think she was ready to claim the console and dump potting soil in it.

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Old 12-08-2004, 08:59 PM
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I know its hard for someone that doesnt upholster or sew to look at/build something and figure out if its easy to cover or not. An experienced upholsterer will be able to sew it and make it look good with nice clean stitched lines. OptimaLeather wont be able to conform to the steps like that. Anything with a bunch of "hard" corners, like the "steps", will be hard to cover.
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Old 12-09-2004, 07:59 PM
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kristkustoms, thanks. I'll post a picture once the upholstery shop gets it covered.
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I have just the place for you to get some great looking cup holders. Check out these guys !

Cup holders

Go down the page about a third of the way and you will see an array of cup holders. They have regular ones and large diameter ones. I got a pair for the console I'm doing and they are first rate !

Hope this helps !

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Look here too

http://www.eddiemarine.com/Cart/cata...me=Cup+Holders

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Wow ... NICE work 32Vicky!

I can't wait to see how the finished job turns out!

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Old 12-23-2004, 07:54 AM
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Nice work. You just gave me some ideas. I am in the early stages of ditching my bench seat for buckets. Did some thinking on a console, but did not think of doing a mock up like you did. Like I said I am a newbie.
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off topic, but how did you manage to keep it mounted to the floor?
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Good looking work

For protection from the elements, you have a lot of choices. Three that I can think of (sure there's more):

Varnish, just like an old boat. Looks nice, takes time and patience, fairly durable.

A clear polyurethane from the hardware store, like Min-wax. IMO not as nice looking as the varnish but simpler.

A clear epoxy. West System makes one that is designed for clear coating a fine looking finish. It is more durable than varnish and not too hard to apply, I am sure you are capable from the quality of work in your post. Very durable, and designed to show off the wood grain underneath, especially if nicely stained.

I would go with the epoxy option, but I think if you wanted a vintage look the varnish could be very nice too.

All 3 are used in boats where the expectation is that things frequently get wet and also sunny. Should be more than adequate for a car interior.

Nice looking work.
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The pine will not stain well, it will get dark and blotchy. They make a paint that looks like leather when done in a spray can or you can use an HVLP gun to get a leather like or textured look. If you practice it can look very good.
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Old 12-25-2004, 11:21 PM
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Coat it good with polyurethane (3-4 thin coats), smoothing between all but the first two coats. Might take more than four coats, but once it's smooth and you can't detect the grain just paint it. Should look great!
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Old 12-26-2004, 08:46 AM
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He's having it upholstered. He just wanted to know if the wood should be stained/protected before the upholstery material is glued on.
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