Thursday, March 26, 2009

Truck Trunk Dividers

Trunk Truck Dividers ... that's kind of a tongue twister huh? Well, some visitors of this blog told me I should post a "how to" whenever I make stuff. Let's see how this turns out:

I've probably pointed this out 20 times, but my slick new truck has a trunk! A couple of weeks ago I noticed that there are 3 sets of grooves where you can put in dividers. When I checked online for the price of Honda OEM dividers I almost fainted- $45 plus shipping (WTF)! It was at that moment I decided to build some.

Let's start with the tools\supplies I used:


That's right, you see a jigsaw, router, sander, compound miter saw, and puppy dog. For the wood I chose 1/2 inch MDF because it's so easy to work with. I also need one can each of primer and paint. I actually already had all of this stuff, so I didn't have to spend a dime for once.



First came the initial cuts. Lucky for me I wasn't the first person to think of this and I was able to find dimensions online. Below you see my first divider cut to the proper dimensions. You can't tell in the pic below, but you are looking at a trapezoid shape.


Next I had to account for the fact that the trunk is rounded on the bottom. Instead of wasting time with math I just looked around the garage until I found something with the same radius.




After cutting with a jigsaw I sanded the edges smooth. If the edges remain even the slightest bit rough the next step would look like poo.



The next step was routing all of the edges with a 1/4 inch roundover, and it just so happens to involve one of my favorite tools- the router!



Look at that, smooth as a baby's butt:



Once I test fitted the divider I went ahead and built the other two. It would have been much quicker building all three at once, but I wasn't sure if I would have to tweak anything. I closed out the day by priming all three dividers. One bad thing about MDF is that it swells if it gets wet, and I'm pretty sure they'll get wet at some point (so I had to paint them). I'm also a perfectionist, so they had to match the trunk anyways. :)


The next day I pulled out a can of trunk/truck bed paint and went to town. This paint is more durable than regular paint and I already had some.



Look how purty:



In they go:



Add some assorted shit and you've got a reason for the couple of hours you just spent!



There you go, I got me some trunk dividers and my wife Courtney is $60 richer ... everybody wins! Man, that's a long picture-laden post, anyone still reading? By the way, if that wasn't enough pictures for you, the entire collection is here.


3 comments:

  1. This is exactly what I was talking about, son! Nice work. They look really good and you didn't have to spend any money on OEM Honda parts that might bow after a while.

    I can't wait to see Hondo next time I come up.

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  2. Great work Brian. They look great!

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  3. Extremely sweet looking....better than anything Honda could come up with.

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