Why I Built My Own Cup Holder
If there is one thing I hate, it’s buying a soda, hopping into my truck, putting the drink in my cup holder then having to make a sudden stop, and my beverage goes toppling to the floor. If I am lucky the beverage top has stayed on. Unfortunately, I am not always lucky, and the beverage container lid comes off.
And that my friend, in a nutshell, is why I went to the trouble to build the cup holder covered in this post.
Six Boards Required
Six boards constitute the lumber req’d for this project. The boards are shown in Photo #1 below, along with numbering of the boards (1 thru 6).
The dimensions given in this post for the six boards are for a 2000 Dodge Dakota, but there’s enough information given here, for you to dimension lumber for your particular vehicle.
Boards 1, 2, 3, & 6 were cut from 5/8″ thick T-111 sheeting.
Boards 4 & 5 were cut from 3/8″ thick plywood.
All fastening of the 6 boards was done with 1-3/16″ length brad nails.
Notes for above Photo #1
Board 1 — This is the front side board, that butts up against my truck seats.
Board 2 — This is the back side board that faces the dashboard.
Board 3 — This board is the bottom board for my cup holder.
Board 4 — This plywood board is the side board for the cup holder, and also runs down
the side of the hump. I used 3/8″ thickness here versus the 5/8″ thickness
used for the other boards, this helped in snugging the cup holder up close to
Board 5 — This plywood board is the other side board for the cup holder, and also runs
down the side of the hump. I used 3/8″ thickness here versus the 5/8″
thickness used for the other boards, this helped in snugging the cup holder
up close to the seats.
Board 6 — This board is a ledger board for the bottom board (Board 5) to rest against
on the side that butts up against the front board (Board 1).
For my truck, the hump was not at one uniform height going from seats to dashboard. Therefore, boards 1 & 2 were not the same height. For my truck, the board height for board 1 was 6″, and the board height for board 2 was 3-13/16″.
The Basic Design
The basic design I came up with, is shown in Sketch #1 below. This first sketch is sketchy. But I like it, since it gives the gist of what I plan to build, without being overly detailed.
Notes for above Sketch #1:
Note 1 — The cross hatched area is the space occupied by the hump. The hump runs down the center of the cab between the driver and passenger sides of the cab.
Note 2 — This line represents the floor of the cab.
To obtain the req’d angle for the left & right side of board 1 (Shown in Sketch #1 above), I used the following approach (See Sketch #2 below):
- I rested board “T1″ horizontally on top of the hump & clamped a 2nd board “T2″ running along side the hump. The boards just mentioned are shown clamped together in Sketch #2 blow.
- The line shown between points “A” & “B” represents the req’d angle for boards 1 & 2 shown in Sketch #1 above. This is the req’d angle for the left & right side of the two boards labeled as board 1 and board 2.
- The board “T3″ was placed against the hump and board “T1″ as shown.
Three boards clamped as shown in Photo #2 below, were used to get the angle referenced in Sketch #2 above. Basically the angle between the horizontal surface of the hump and the angled sides of the hump. Notice the two angles are not the same. For simplicity, I decided to use the angle shown on the left side in Photo #2 below, for both the left and right sides of the hump. I found this scheme worked just fine. Love it, when that happens. The side boards 4 & 5 grip the sides of the hump sufficiently to hold the cup holder in place.
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Making a Cup Holder for Your Vehicle (Part 2 of 3) | Woodworking with AJO
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