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    Strange little project

    Got ask to build this for a good friend and fellow rust hunter. He has a little Ford Ranger and the arm rest is too low for comfort. he wanted a simple box to raise it 2" and then his wife is going to cover it with padding. I always like the simple things, allows me to try new stuff, if I screw up, it gets covered anyways.

    A box with just one end is hard to do with dovetails. Really had to set the jig up close to perfect, because the when you flip it it is really for the other end of the box. I also tried to run the grain around the project, in a wrap effect. Then I wanted to see how well my bandsaw was set up, so I broke out the French curves and rounded the front corners. Really happy how the blade tracked in 5 1/2" thick cut. I inlaid a piece of walnut around three sides as well.

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    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    Very nice Steve, I like the inlay nice touch!

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    She wouldn't dare cover that up

    Nice job Steve
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    Oh you have never met her. She will do as she pleases. Sweet gal, great cook.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    I was in the truck/van place getting a light repaired on my truck cap, and I was looking over all the accessories they sell for vans/trucks/
    They had quite a few wooden center console pieces, ranging from 39-159 dollars.
    No dovetails, just oak/ash with a cup holder or two.
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    Dang, I never thought of adding a cup holder.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    I had an upholstered one in one of my old trucks, bottom was curved to fit the seat. Never had a problem with it sliding around either. Had a flip up top for storage and two cup holders in the front. I think all my trucks since have had the captain chairs and a center console though.

    BTW...nice job!
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    Many of those quick projects are worth much more than long and complex ones. Good job! Your friend is going to remember you each time he puts his arm at the right height.
    Best regards,
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