Custom walnut console for 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe

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Project by seamuis posted 06-16-2012 03:17 PM 3076 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one really came out surprisingly well! Unfortunately, the client was about the meanest old man i’ve ever met. Had very little access to the car, so taking measurements was critical. I guess I’m used to working with 100% wood, maybe a bit of brass or brushed nickel here and there as accent, so trying to work in some extras was interesting. The guidelines I was given were as follows-” I want two cupholders and a change tray. Oh, and my wife doesn’t like right angles, so no corners.” Simple, huh? I did get to take a good bit of “creative license” that way, but I have to say, no corners? Really?? It took a round-over bit, a chainsaw, and a helluva lot of sandpaper, but I think it came out well. Did manage to cut my own throat again price-wise though, surprise surprise! Quoted him $175, hoping for more business from the car club, had $60+ in materials. So after all was said and done, figure I raked in around 3 bucks an hour. Oh well, we don’t do it for the money, do we!!!

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#1 posted 06-16-2012 03:22 PM

Great job ,I sure know what a grumpy customer can be like.


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#2 posted 06-16-2012 03:41 PM

You did a fantastic job in crafting this, despite working for someone who may not deserve your skill and time.
The most enjoyment is making something you know the recipient will love.
Good for you for finishing it up so well.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 06-16-2012 09:27 PM

Very nicely done, You did a good job on it. I did one for my 1990 pickup with a hidden compartment in it, if you care to look. Thanks for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 06-16-2012 11:35 PM

Cool !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 06-17-2012 05:19 PM

I understand the no corners thing, considering the car it is going into doesn’t have any either. I like it, it looks so good. I do wonder what it looks like once installed. So are there speakers in it? If not, it gives me some ideas to make something like this but with speakers.

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#6 posted 06-17-2012 08:58 PM

It does have speakers. The owner wanted me to just cut some slits in the wood, leave it at that. Didn’t really care that much I guess. I just couldn’t do it though. Took a 4” hole saw, went in about 1/4 in. on each side, routed out the middle. I did cut slits, but had decided to cover them with black foam. Couldn’t find any, of course, so I took an 1/8th in. piece of aluminum plate, the sort with hundreds of 1/4 in. holes in it, sprayed it black, cut 4” circles, popped ‘em right in!

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