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Old 02-18-2010, 06:32 PM
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How to make an 'engine turned' dash board.

1st, 'engine turned', or 'engine turning' is incorrect terminolgy. The correct term for this effect is "Damascening".

Now that that is out of the way.........

I made an engine turned dashboard for my woodie, which was an ARF available at the time from a company called Equipage, now out of business due to shoddy products. Mine was 90CM long and called the "Venice 90" and was a psuedo Riva motor boat, an Italian version of a Chris Craft. Riva's are known for their exceptional beauty and styling.

My model came with a wood laminated plastic dashboard and a cheap decal. At the time I was building the model, I was making lots of additional details and so the dashboard came about because of this.

The steering wheel and gear shift were part of the kit, and are plastic. Sorry Eddie, but I cannot claim any credit for them except cutting off the moulding flash! :p

I removed the plastic dash, and used it to make an outline on some sheet aluminum:



After cutting it out of the sheet, I sanded to the outline using my belt sander.



I marked some holes and drilled and tapped them so that I could attach the aluminum piece to the old plastic dashboard.



I then tack glued the aluminum dash piece to a block of wood so that I could more easily work it under the engine turning tool.



I purchased a kit from Brownells gunsmithing supply. It comes with everything you need for making nice jeweling on firearms, or engine turned dashes for model boats. :yeah:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=6...NE_TURNING_KIT
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:33 PM
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I have a mini mill, so that is what I used. If I did not have the mill, I would have used my bench drill press. It is important to use something besides a hand drill, or else your alignment might suffer.

I set up the block of wood, and with the engine turning brush started making swirls. If I recall correctly, this dash piece had over 600 applications of the swirl brush and took four hours to do it.







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Old 02-18-2010, 06:43 PM
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To make the instruments gauge bezels, I just cut off some aluminum tubing in two different sizes:





After cutting off the rings, I sanded the edges round and buffed them out. I laid out the bezels in several different styles of arrangement until I found the one I liked the best. Once I had decided where the gauges would go, I made the instrument faces.



I did this by downloading the pictures from Autometer, and then shrinking them to the right size and printing them. I applied clear packing tape over the instrument faces to simulate the glass covers.



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Old 02-18-2010, 06:46 PM
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And that's all there is to it! :wave:



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Old 02-18-2010, 06:54 PM
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BastiD!!!

LOL... Nice work and an excellent how to!
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:18 PM
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Spendid idea! Love the gauge bezels. :yeah:
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:13 PM
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Wow! Tom. great work.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:53 PM
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wow! you have some talent, very nice!
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:37 PM
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Thanks fella's!
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:thumup:Looks fantastic. Nice work. Thank you!!
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Thank you so much for showing us how the master does it!
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