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DIY Center Storage Console Divider

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by wombat, May 21, 2011.

  1. May 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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    wombat

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    First I have to say that is this DIY project is not as complex as it seems and it really doesn’t take very long to complete once you have the items. It's not the perfect solution, but better that a big plastic hole. I did this mod on my 2011. I assume other 2nd gens are the same.

    I can’t stand that my new Tacoma storage console has no divider. I got tired of stuff just being piled in and rattling around every time I go over a bump. I couldn’t find a premade solution so I did a DIY project.

    I wanted a divider that would create a lower compartment and well as dividing the upper compartment in two storage parts. Access to the lower compartment would be gained by lifting the divider up and out of the storage console. Not a perfect solution but I’m putting stuff I don’t need access to very often in the bottom compartment.

    I don’t have a lot of tools, so I had to get by on the minimum. Here are the items I used.

    3M Spray Adhesive (Home Depot)
    Rustoleum Black Paint for plastic (Home Depot)
    Trunk carpet (Local fabric store)
    Plexiglass ¼” (Tap Plastics)
    Acrylic Cement (Tap Plastics)
    Acrylic Cement application bottle (Tap Plastics)
    Sandpaper 80 and 220 (Home Depot)
    Hacksaw
    Framing square
    Scissors


    1)The first thing I did was to use trunk liner and line the inside of the storage console using 3M spray adhesive. I don’t like the contents of the storage console ratting around and this also would help the new divider fit better.
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    2)At the bottom of you console you have a carpeted base. Lift this out and this will be your template for your plexiglass divider.
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    3)Tap Plastics here in the Bay Area has a scrap bin, and I got two 1X1 ¼” acrylic scraps for a buck each. I used the console carpeted base from my Tacoma as a template. I then used a hacksaw to cut the plexiglass. The cuts are a bit rough and not exact with a hacksaw but I smoothed things out with 80 sand paper. I went and did test fits in the storage console with the cut out plexiglass until I got a good fit. I then cut out the rest of the plexiglass pieces for the bottom storage compartment and the upper divider. The dimensions are a matter of preference.
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    4) I then used 220 sand paper and sanded all sides of the plexiglass to help glue and paint stick. Next I glued everything together. Acrylic cement is really not a glue but rather a solvent the dissolves the plexiglass. It makes really strong joints. You can handle the cemented joints a couple of minutes after you apply the cement, but don’t put any pressure on the joint for a few hours. It takes a few minutes to assemble the entire divider.
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    5)After an hour or so I the painted it flat black with rattle can paint for plastics.
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    6)Next I applied trunk carpet on places the items in the divider might hit the sides of the plexiglass.
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    Done
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  2. May 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    snowgod06

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    crap bolted and welded together....
    thats pretty cool man, great idea :cool:
     
  3. May 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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    thats a bad ass idea seems pretty easy and seems to look pretty functional. How do you get to the bottom storage though do you have to lift it all out
     
  4. May 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM
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    maybe Ill build on the idea and make the top a door to access below
     
  5. May 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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    I like that a LOT! I was just thinking today that the console was in need of compartments. One big bin just creates clutter.
     
  6. May 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    Sold!
    Very nice!
     
  7. May 21, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    Awesome Job, thanks for sharing
     
  8. May 21, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    I'm lazy and without proper wood/plastic working tools, therefore, if you build them I will buy one. Do you just pull it out to access the lower portion? If so, feel free to send me one and I'll reimburse you :cool:
     
  9. May 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM
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    Thanks. It's really not the best design with regards to the access to the bottom because you do have to lift it out yo get to the bottom. It lifts out very easy but the stuff in the top level can fall out. I put stuff I don't need access to often on the bottom. If I did it over again which I might, i would make a design with better access to the bottom.
     
  10. May 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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    Yes. I think a better design could be done. Plexiglass is so easy to work with that the build process goes pretty fast. I might try and come up with a better design myself.
     
  11. May 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM
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  12. May 21, 2011 at 9:51 PM
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    Great Mod! I wasn't so industrious on my solution to console jumble.

    I bought a plastic food storage box from Kmart. 2 for 2.99.
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    Cut the top off.
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    Stuck it in the console.
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  13. May 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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    That's something different
     
  14. May 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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    Nice, It's beauty is in its simplicity. Anything is better than the stock storage box.


     
  15. May 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    I did this after a friend was nosing around in my truck, looked the console and said "Where'd you put the stick that you stirred that up with"
     
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