Truck Floor Console With Hidden Compartment

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Project by ND2ELK posted 01-06-2011 01:24 AM 19366 views 20 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought a 1990 F-150 pickup. I discovered that it had no cup holders, and decided to build a floor console for it. My wife is always looking for kleenex, so thought that was needed along with a waste basket. There is a tray in front for glasses, change and pens. I always love hidden compartments so added one of those as well. Good place to keep extra cash and keys. There is a cable that goes around one of the seat legs and into the hidden compartment where it is pad locked. You need to remove the two pieces from the dados in order for the trap door to drop down. The two pieces need to go in and come out a certain way, in order to get them out. I had some solid cherry left over from the crib so used that. There is one coat of Zar oil-based Morrish Teak wood stain, three coats of General Arm-R-Seal rub on urethane and two coats of Minwax applied with #0000 steel wool. I was pleased with the way it turned out.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 01:29 AM

Looks great and useful too. I didn’t quite follow how to get into the secret compartment. But then that’s the purpose isn’t it :)

Thanks for posting.

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 01:30 AM

What a neat idea. Your work looks really great too. Looks like a good place to put a… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 01:31 AM

That is really nice. I have a 98’ F-150, and don’t have anything like that.
Thanks for prompting me to build one.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 01:46 AM

Thats a neat idea.

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 02:08 AM

nice console tom

glad you explained the hidden compartment
i was worried id have to get under the truck
to find it

and the kleenex is a great idea

well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 02:08 AM

verry nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 01-06-2011 02:09 AM

Fun read. Well thought out project, precise yet inviting.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 01-06-2011 02:58 AM


-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 01-06-2011 03:26 AM

Hi Tom;

Great looking console!

Very clever.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 01-06-2011 03:38 AM

Now that’s the way to do it!

Some REAL places for drinks… not something that will let them easily spill… SOLID!

COOL design… and very well executed!

Very N I C E !

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

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#11 posted 01-06-2011 04:52 AM

Now that is a great console. Has all the features of the units that are factory installed.
Great Job!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 01-06-2011 05:05 AM

If you sell the truck you can charge extra for the customization! NICE!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 01-06-2011 05:15 AM

Hi Tom. Well thought out, well carried out and attractive to boot! Ya gotta love the look of cherry. Perhaps the best compliment of all is that I see it has been favorited 5 times already. Well done sir.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 06:21 AM

Everything you might need and cleverly arranged in a very nice compact unit. I’m always impressed by your work. Even your cup holder is a beautiful piece of furniture.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#15 posted 01-06-2011 09:41 AM

Nice work Tom, very nice design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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