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Old February 5th, 2020, 13:45
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custom built center console?

I'm ditching my center console, going to build one out of sheetmetal, looking for some ideas... if anyone has done this, post some pics!!
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Old February 5th, 2020, 18:59
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I'm using a 50cal ammo can
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Old February 5th, 2020, 19:31
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That seems like a perfect match for your user ID. LOL.

Fabricating a metal console is something I have toyed with, but there is a lot going on there, and keeping it efficient and pleasant to live with will be a challenge.

One tip I can suggest is to use annealed aluminum sheet for areas that need to have curves and are not going to be high stress. You can anneal aluminum sheet easily if you have an oxy/acetylene rig. Start by setting your torch (rosebud) to run ridiculously rich so that you are getting black wisps of carbon off it. Use that setting to coat the aluminum sheet in black soot. Then adjust your torch to a proper flame and use it to heat the sheet such that the soot burns off. Once that cools you will have a sheet of material that can be easily bent/manipulated by hand.

I recommend the above because hard corners are generally unpleasant to live with. I look at Frank Lloyd Wright's designs and then consider his own statement:
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In a 1931 lecture, Frank Lloyd Wright said, “I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture.”
And I can see why. There is a better way, and curves and radiused corners are part of it.
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Old February 5th, 2020, 20:06
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I'm using a 50cal ammo can
Ha! I thought about doing that...
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Old February 5th, 2020, 20:08
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That seems like a perfect match for your user ID. LOL.

Fabricating a metal console is something I have toyed with, but there is a lot going on there, and keeping it efficient and pleasant to live with will be a challenge.

One tip I can suggest is to use annealed aluminum sheet for areas that need to have curves and are not going to be high stress. You can anneal aluminum sheet easily if you have an oxy/acetylene rig. Start by setting your torch (rosebud) to run ridiculously rich so that you are getting black wisps of carbon off it. Use that setting to coat the aluminum sheet in black soot. Then adjust your torch to a proper flame and use it to heat the sheet such that the soot burns off. Once that cools you will have a sheet of material that can be easily bent/manipulated by hand.

I recommend the above because hard corners are generally unpleasant to live with. I look at Frank Lloyd Wright's designs and then consider his own statement: And I can see why. There is a better way, and curves and radiused corners are part of it.
thanks ... I'm going to try and stick with steel sheet metal, I'm set up for mig, and would prefer not to have to buy more tools.. for this project anyway. It's bendable, and for the corners, well, that's what the angle grinder is for :-)
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Old February 6th, 2020, 09:26
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That seems like a perfect match for your user ID. LOL.

Fabricating a metal console is something I have toyed with, but there is a lot going on there, and keeping it efficient and pleasant to live with will be a challenge.

One tip I can suggest is to use annealed aluminum sheet for areas that need to have curves and are not going to be high stress. You can anneal aluminum sheet easily if you have an oxy/acetylene rig. Start by setting your torch (rosebud) to run ridiculously rich so that you are getting black wisps of carbon off it. Use that setting to coat the aluminum sheet in black soot. Then adjust your torch to a proper flame and use it to heat the sheet such that the soot burns off. Once that cools you will have a sheet of material that can be easily bent/manipulated by hand.

I recommend the above because hard corners are generally unpleasant to live with. I look at Frank Lloyd Wright's designs and then consider his own statement: And I can see why. There is a better way, and curves and radiused corners are part of it.
3000-series aluminum is also very easy to work with and doesn't need much in the way of pre-treating.

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thanks ... I'm going to try and stick with steel sheet metal, I'm set up for mig, and would prefer not to have to buy more tools.. for this project anyway. It's bendable, and for the corners, well, that's what the angle grinder is for :-)
Super easy to work steel sheetmetal with a cheap set of hammers:

https://www.harborfreight.com/Body-A...-Pc-63259.html

Shouldn't need to grind a huge amount and the $30 for the set (after obligatory 20% off coupon) is very much worth it.
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Old February 6th, 2020, 15:58
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Yup, I found that. thinkng of doing something similar.
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Old February 6th, 2020, 16:00
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3000-series aluminum is also very easy to work with and doesn't need much in the way of pre-treating.



Super easy to work steel sheetmetal with a cheap set of hammers:

https://www.harborfreight.com/Body-A...-Pc-63259.html

Shouldn't need to grind a huge amount and the $30 for the set (after obligatory 20% off coupon) is very much worth it.
yeah, I have a crap ton of sheet metal left over from my last project and set up for Mig welding, I'm probably going to just stick with steel.
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Re: custom built center console?

Check Builtnotboughtjeep (I think) on Instagram. he has a teal XJ and did a custom console and dash.

Pretty sure he has pictures of the build on there.
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Old February 15th, 2020, 06:30
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Check Builtnotboughtjeep (I think) on Instagram. he has a teal XJ and did a custom console and dash.

Pretty sure he has pictures of the build on there.
thanks! I'll check it out.

I bought a ratty full console for cheap on flebay, going to use that as a mockup today from cardboard for a basic design . May ditch the ebrake, or replace it with an electric solenoid to create more space. haven't figured out if it's easier to weld the pieces together or bend/weld. leaning towards welding everything …
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