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How to build a Bass Boat side console for little money!

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In this Instructable I am going to share an idea for a home built side console that should look like it came from a Ranger, Skeeter, Stratos Bass boats. The Image here is only a idea I was going for, NOT the finished product! 
It is also just the build of the console, it is not showing it done because you can come up with the way you want to paint, design, profile etc. of your idea. This is just showing you how to get there!
Later I may post my finished console when on the boat.
 
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Step 1: Materials needed

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 I decided to try a few different ways at this. My first attempt with forming plexi-glass did not work out, so I decided to use wood covered with fiberglass.
We will need;

* 1" wood for the front face of the console 2 by 3 ft. should cover it (remember you can use your own design and detail, size etc.
* 1/4" board for bottom profile (2 by 2 ft.)
* 3/16" board for cover. (Mine was 7 1/2" by 19")
* 1/8 wood/ cardboard type wood, not sure exactly what the materials name is, as long as it has bend to it should be usable.
*. Hot glue(Lots!)
* Fiberglass kit (Resin, Liquid Hardener, Fiberglass cloth)
* Paintbrushes
* Gloves (You do not want to get this shit on your hands)
* 3/4, 1/4" screws and Finishing nails
* Drill
* Grinder or saws-all
* Sander

Step 2: Getting Started

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Now you have to get an idea of what you want your console to llok like. Search the internet for pictures of an idea you like.
Draw out your face on the 1" board and trace the gauges, fish finder or whatever is going to be on it. Cut it out and check to make sure everything fits. I personally didn't worry about the steering wheel yet, that can come later.

Step 3: Bottom Profile Template

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The 2nd step I did was creating & drawing the shape of the console. The bottom (1/4" wood) is going to be the perimeter shape of your console. After you have drawn it, cut it out. I also painted the bottom with a sealant.
Niccernicus10 months ago
All that work and no final pic?
cliffyd (author)  Niccernicus2 months ago
final pictures are in. thanks for looking!
cliffyd (author)  Niccernicus10 months ago
yes i explained why and that it will be finished in the spring. I just wanted to explain the construction but the designs and painting is up to each individual.
vaycon7 months ago

very nice works , and still waiting for the final pictures , good luck

cliffyd (author)  vaycon2 months ago
just uploaded finished pictures. hope you like the final look. without paint that's silicone liquified with tulol mixed with desired paint color, rolled on with foam roller. other was sprayed with black paint with pinstripes.