Introduction: VW Beetle Storage Box

Having owned a '68 VW Beetle for many years now, the main problem I encounter is storage., or rather the lack of it!!

The glove box is great, unless you keep your stereo in it, the wire rack thingies are great, but having had one, you do find that stuff slides out of the gaps and the drinks holder just isn't big enough..

And I just don't have a 3D printer or a Laser Cutter or anything high tech. I have my imagination and a Bandsaw.

Step 1: DRAWINGS:

I start by sketching out exactly what I want from the storage box and thinking what I want it to hold.

Drinks, phone, sunglasses, show tickets, change, chewing gum, sweets, bits and bobs.

The storage box is the picture on the left, the other one is an idea to fit in the ashtray compartment.

Step 2: CARD TEMPLATE:

After drawing it all out, I measure up what I want and thinking 3 dimensionally, I transfer the drawings to card to include the front, sides, inners etc.

To get the arch for the front, I use a piece of tinfoil (aluminium foil) and press this around the cable tunnel of my beetle and then transfer this to the card.

Step 3: TRANSFER TO WOOD:

After cutting out the template in card, I dry fit it to see if it works. My card is the same thickness as the exterior plywood that I'm going to use so I don't have to adjust any templates.

The exterior plywood was scrap which came from a boat building yard nearby. They use it to build the interiors of barges and this was all the off cuts ready to go on the fire.

I then place the card templates on my wood and fitting them all in the best way as not to waste wood, I draw around them all.

Step 4: BANDSAW TIME:

Next, I cut out all the pieces with my bandsaw, nice and slow so as not to cause any accidents.

When all pieces are cut, I sand the edges getting rid of any splinters and then using wood glue and panel pins I put all the pieces together.

Then just varnish it for a nice finish.

Step 5: DREMEL:

I use a DREMEL with various attachments to carve out the VW logo and smooth sand it to the finish I require.

Step 6: AND THAT'S IT:

The StorageBox can be put on your Beetle cable tunnel either the cup compartment forwards or backwards..,

A nice VW Logo is carved out of the lid which covers two smaller compartments which you can use for cash, keys etc..

The 2 large drink holder compartments will keep your drinks steadily and safe, measuring 3.5 dia each. Can fit all size cans and they don't spill or go anywhere.

Step 7: MAIN FEATURES:

Strong Ash Plywood construction, giving a lovely finish
Hand cut and sanded smooth, tough satin varnish applied
Fits onto your VW Beetle center tunnel, no screwing/glueing
x2 smaller compartments for coins, fuses, keys etc..
One larger compartment for sunglasses, mobile phone etc.
One internal, upright compartment for tickets, etc..
x2 side upright compartments for tickets etc..
an upright compartment on back for tickets, brouchers etc..
Main compartments have non-slip matting in.

Step 8: TADAAAAA:

All done.

A very useful storage box for your VW Beetle without using any special equipment.

Thanks for looking

Comments

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PaulChau (author)2015-09-26

Great work! Storage is always an issue everywhere you go, be it at home or even in your vehicle. I guess with some creativity juices and expertise in woodworking, you can maximize all the space you can find and utilize it to your own advantage following your storage needs.

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PaulChau (author)2015-09-26

Great work! Storage is always an issue everywhere you go, be it at home or even in your vehicle. I guess with some creativity juices and expertise in woodworking, you can maximize all the space you can find and utilize it to your own advantage following your storage needs.

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blueangelical (author)2014-08-21

Thanks Scubabubba, it is sooo usefull, those wire ones are just awful. Yes I agree with the VW logo, it does make it. Appreciate your comments.

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Scubabubba (author)2014-08-20

We're restoring a '67, this will be a great improvement over the wire basket thingy. I especially like the VW logo, that really makes it!

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blueangelical (author)2013-05-16

Hi, I shall hunt them down and add them to the instructable unfiltered :-)

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audreyobscura (author)2013-05-15

Thanks for sharing, do you have any un-filtered photos? It's a little hard to make out your design plans.

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blueangelical (author)2013-05-13

Pleasure, thanks for the kind comment.

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l8nite (author)2013-05-12

I really like the look of that, thanks for sharing

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