As with many Defenders, a cubbybox sits between the front seats of ours too. A handy place to put stuff, as the standard Defender lacks the storage capacity for putting away smaller items such as keys, sunglasses and your mobile phone. Putting items inside the cubbybox prevent them from flying around when the road gets a little rough. Our (diy) cubbybox could use an upgrade and so a new one is in the works.
New to this version of the cubbybox is that will hold our secondary 12-V circuit. To achieve this, the cubbybox is made of two sections; top and bottom. The lower part for the electronics, the upper part for putting away our stuff. The top can be removed to provide access to all the components of the auxiliary circuit like relays, fuses and wiring.
We retained the 27mc CB in the upper part, this worked well and we did not want to change that. The new design also caters for the placement of switches. As the auxiliary circuit grows, inevitably the need for switches will arise and now they can be placed on a loose plate fitted to the front of the cubbybox. It is easy to create a new plate, so if any reconfiguration is required, only this plate needs to be redone. Current switches include the heated seats, -front window, -mirrors and some lights.
A set of USB and 12V connectors is placed just above the switches. This allows for charging of phones and laptops/tablets. On the back of the cubbybox there are more 12V and USB connectors so the rear passengers are not without power for DVD players and tablets.
The cubbybox was designed in 3D first and then the design was CNC-machined from 9mm plywood. It was then constructed (like a jigsaw puzzle) and all glued together. Some soft upholstery was used for the outside of the cubbybox to give it a nice touch.