this is blatantly stolen from another audio site, but its so good, I thought I'd have to share it here as well -
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"The first item on the list of things to do when you decide to build a custom center console is form an idea.
A possible end to the journey that you are about to begin, just remember that there will be points along the way where you will be forced to choose another path.
It never fails, there will be something that you forget to include in your original plan and you'll have to make a change that may or may not affect the finished product.
Put your idea down on paper, even a rough sketch will serve to keep the goal in mind.
As you form your idea take caution to plan in as many of the finish details as possible, there is no better time to decide just where to place a seam or transition between fabrics or surface textures, than at the beginning of the project.
The followins series of pictures covers the progress of a center console that I built for a 2001 Ford Excursion, the unit was needed to cover an assortment of processors and modules for the installed Alpine Multi-Media system. I started the process by deciding where the components were to be mounted and what needed to be done to cover these items and blend cosmetically with the vehicle interior.
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