Here is a little quick reading on the differences between epoxy and vinylester and polyester resins.
I design and build protoytpe aircraft for a company in Loveland. We only use epoxy... very high end epoxy systems that are preimpregnated into carbon fiber and fiberglass woven fabrics. Unfortunately, they are not cheap and will not cure at room temp. We cure all of our composites under a vacuum bag in a Nitrogen charged autoclave at 250 deg F or above to eliminate all air pockets/voids. This is way overkill for a center console, but not when it comes to an aircraft wing. I have done a little wet lay-up in my day, and I stay far away from the vinyl and polyesters, mainly because of the styrene. Gives me a headache within seconds of smelling it, and it is not as strong.
It is all about sticking with what you know. Axle, If you can get RedTunnertc to give you a hand, he seems to have some experience in this type of fab work, and I would stick with what he knows works. My experience is more in the high end composites... CNC cut molds and autoclave cured parts.
Vinyl and Polyester resins will get the job done, I was just trying to present another option.
As far as application, the tecniques in applying either of the resins is about the same. Epoxy will give you a better / stronger result in the end.
If I was to make a center console, I would first build the required shape out of solid styrofoam or the blue foam from home depot. I would then brush on a thin coat of epoxy. Before the epoxy sets, I would apply a layer of woven fiberglass, making sure the resin completly wets out the fabric. Depending uopn how strong you want it to be, continue this process with multiple layers (maybe 4 to 6). Make sure that you get most of the bubbles and wrinkles out of each layer. Bubles create voids, and you will have to sand out all the wrinkles later. Also, try to remove all the excess resin before it cures. Once cured, sand and prime. Add bondo and sand to final shape. Prime and paint. If you want to you can grind out the foam or melt away with acetone, but not 100% neccesary. Again, there are many different ways to skin a cat, this is just one option.