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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Underseat tray project Reply with quote

First things first... I am by no means the best sambanista craftsman. BUT I was intrigued by the thread on the Rocky Mtn Westy underseat locker

("Saw a cool under-seat storage box today" -
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=374456&highlight=underseat)

and got to thinking of how to build my own.

Disadvantges of my approach are 1. that the finished product looks a bit of a hackjob and 2. that it doesn't lock (unless I decide to install a lock).

Advantages are 1. that it comes at the price of a hackjob (i.e. free) and 2. that it (with any luck) will evade thieves as it's pretty well-hidden. Not that I'll be leaving my ming vase collection in there but it's nice to have a handy hidden spot for the goodies.

Simple job requiring an angle grinder, a tablesaw, a drill, some plywood, some adhesive-backed velcro and about 3 hours.

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ps it was my fist time cutting metal with an angle grinder... now THAT is a good time!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. Dont think it looks much like a hackjob at all.
And its very stealthy too...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think your work looks great. Congrats!

Here is a link to a similar project:

Hidden Westy storage space exposed!
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=195642

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool project, nice job. The only thing I would suggest is to line the tray with felt (or something similar) to help keep the noise of the objects in there, that will inevitably roll around, down to a minimum.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like your stealth installation
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much better imho than the exposed install with a lock
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both of which, scream steal me, Im in here!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stealth is nice. You did a pretty good job.
I like the RMW idea but the ugly combo lock is a big let down for me.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the positive feedback guys!

I really like the felt lining noise reduction idea (big-up loogy!) and will go a-felt-hunting asap.

Jon-slider, my thoughts exactly on the "steal me, I'm in here" aspect of more visible approaches.

I do like the slider/drawer hardware, the lockability and the "stock" look of the RMW option - just don't like the stick-out lock knob thing or the visibility of it. Maybe a rework incorporating a flush-faced lock and the carpet-covering feature is in order?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

something's out there better than felt and it will stand up to any moisture and its inexpensive. It's the non skid soft rubberized material. It can be cut to size and is useable for all kinds of duties. I use it lots of places No glue required, all colors, usually comes in different size rolls. Kitchen bathroom products and sold in Dollarama's and elsewhere.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAIZEE wrote:
something's out there better than felt and it will stand up to any moisture and its inexpensive. It's the non skid soft rubberized material. It can be cut to size and is useable for all kinds of duties. I use it lots of places No glue required, all colors, usually comes in different size rolls. Kitchen bathroom products and sold in Dollarama's and elsewhere.


Or spray the drawer with plasti-dip and be done with it. No cutting, gluing or need for future replacement.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work Simon. That is stealth technology at its most inexpensive.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, sir! I'd been thinking about the RMW box but also have concerns about it's obvious-ness.

To lessen the roll-around, you might consider adding some dividers to the drawer as well as the sound-deadening padding. I was thinking of one compartment in the drawer space just the right size to hold the GPS, one to fit the pocket camera, etc. If you upgrade your toys (to different sizes) it would be easy enough to simply reconfigure the dividers.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MootPoint wrote:
Very nice, sir! I'd been thinking about the RMW box but also have concerns about it's obvious-ness.

To lessen the roll-around, you might consider adding some dividers to the drawer as well as the sound-deadening padding. I was thinking of one compartment in the drawer space just the right size to hold the GPS, one to fit the pocket camera, etc. If you upgrade your toys (to different sizes) it would be easy enough to simply reconfigure the dividers.

Maybe somethind like this..... http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90092731
It can be configured many different ways to suit one's needs.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been thinking of doing a similar project but thought I would use a hinge on the front part of the seat base. Now, I realize that isn't necessary. Just attach it to the drawer. Great idea. Thanks for showing me see the obvious.
Well done.

Love the stealth!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, so there is a 'steal me' issue with the RMW, but why not cover it with the existing carpet flap like was done on the other options? Then you have stealth as your first level security and a real, locked box, as a second.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ok, so there is a 'steal me' issue with the RMW, but why not cover it with the existing carpet flap like was done on the other options? Then you have stealth as your first level security and a real, locked box, as a second.
Miguel


The time has come for me to admit to being a cheap bastard! Rolling Eyes Twisted Evil Rolling Eyes For me it's just not worth the $150. Escpecially when I've got tranny upgrades, obd2 readers and the like on the shopping list already.

Especially when I consider that 1. the RMW box looks fairly break-innable to me and 2. I can but a padlock at the hadware store for around $2.

Here's the top of my list at the moment (may be worthy of another thread). Total costs around $200:
http://www.devtoaster.com/products/rev/index.html
and
http://www.plxkiwi.com/kiwiwifi/hardware.html

Spiffy! Wireless! Shocked Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ok, so there is a 'steal me' issue with the RMW, but why not cover it with the existing carpet flap like was done on the other options?

Gotta get rid of that combo lock that sticks out and it is a possibility.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bigsteveob wrote:

Maybe somethind like this..... http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90092731
It can be configured many different ways to suit one's needs.

Oooo...that would do the trick and it would probably work well in the sink drawer, too!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course, once a thief defeats the stealth defense and discovers the lock-box, it's time for the crowbar baby! Tearing up all kinds of your beloved's internals, whereas, if there was only an unlocked drawer, the overall damage would be less. It's like when I lived way the hell up in the mountains, next to National Forest. I never locked the house, reasoning that, if I did, I would also incur the damages of forced entry.
I say don't leave anything of value inside the van that you can't afford to lose, or just don't take anything valuable that you can't carry with you when you exit the vehicle. I've discovered that I don't use half the crap I carry on a normal outing. I carry less these days, though it's still too much.
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