CD Player Holder for the Car

A while ago I put together a Aux IN Jack for my car so I could listen to CDs. It works great and now I need some placed to put the CD player.

This is what I put together, using what I had on hand. Most of the dimensions are not critical. The holder rests between the passenger seat and the center console. There is a tight enough fit that the seat holds it in place. The top could be made a different shape, to accommodate an MP3 player, Pocket PC or just about any small device.

Materials

  • 1/2 inch walnut, about 5 inches by 2 1/2 feet. (This is what I had in the workshop). You will need two pieces. One for the player and one to wedge between the passenger seat and the center console.
  • wood glue
  • two screws, 1 to 2 inches in length, #6 or #8
  • sandpaper, 60 and 100 grit
Cut
The main board goes between the passenger seat and the center console. I found a board that fit snugly and drew a line where I wanted the top. The saw is set to a 10 degree angle. Also, the line drawn is at a 15 degree angle. If you cut the way it is in the photo, it will angle to the back and toward the driver (in the US). Note the angle of the table on the saw!
I cut a small board to make the top thicker. Note that it has the same angles an the main board. I curved the bottom, but any shape will do. This board needs to be big enough so the screws won’t go through (about 3 inches).
I cut a partial circle for the top. A circle would have been fine, but the board I used wasn’t as big as the CD player. Don’t make this piece too large. You don’t want it covering the parking brake or the drink cup holder and you don’t want it poking into the passenger.
I cut out four (4) small L shaped tabs to hold the CD player. The tabs are 1 1/4 inches tall on the INSIDE. They have to catch about 3/4 inch of the CD player and the board is 1/2 inch thick. The rest of the dimensions are arbitrary. Note that the grain runs so that it will go up and down when installed.
SandingSand the parts smooth. See this page for tips on sanding.
Glue
Glue and clamp. Clean up any glue drips with a wet cloth.
After the glue is dry, remove the clamps. I could only wait about two hours. Drill two holes through the top and matching pilot holes into the center board so that the top can be screwed to the main board. Sand the holes so the boards are smooth again.
Finished
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