In Reply to: Re: I want Dave's cupholder (Anyone else? READ THI posted by DaveR on November 03, 1999 at 17:22:03:
: Well, the prototype was simply birch ply with no finish applied, and it took a while to build because I was doing it on the fly. A fellow CCA member said she'd be happy just to have the prototype.
: The WIP, final product (as shown) took very little time to throw together. More time is spent on machine setup than actual cutting and boring. In otherwords, it's not that much more difficult to build multiples.
: Matching existing wood trim is troublesome. Partly because wood is a natural product and will obviously vary. I don't think BMW offered very many varieties of wood, and they've done something to ensure that you can get matching replacement pieces later. If I had a better idea of what all the offering look like, it'd help.
: Also, the burls found in some interiors do not lend themselves well to this type of construction since they're non-structural woods; the solution would to laminate a thin plank onto a thicker slab of non-burl wood, and now it's getting more labor-intensive.
: Applying the finish is also time-consuming, one coat per day, at least 3 coats to do the job right (depending on the wood). But, the finish work and assembly is something anyone could do.
: You could use either tung oil or acrylic polyurethane, both are very forgiving to beginners. I used tung oil on the one in the picture.
: I might be willing to knock off like a dozen of these. No commitments would be required because I'm sure I can find enough interested parties. I don't necessarily want to make a profit on this either, just enough to cover materials. This is really just a hobby for me.
: Feel free to send me email if you'd be interested in having one made, and let me know : For anyone with the equipment (just a drill-press and saw required), I'll be drawing up to-scale plans.