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Old 06-02-2020, 01:29 PM
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Can I add my congratulations on MSOTM Mike. That's quite a project you have.
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:49 PM
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Congrats 👏 Mike! You've earned it.
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I took a break from metalwork to test my artistic capabilities. I saw a you tube video of guy doing faux burlwood on wood. I wondered if I could make it work on aluminum dash panels.
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:51 PM
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Back to metal work! Since my dash is all new shape, I had to make new defroster ducts. Fairly simple pieces, but I had to put welds where distortion could be controlled. They are made from .040 &.050 aluminum. The openings are 5"x5/8", so the individual pieces are pretty small. I challenged my torch welding skills.

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Old 06-23-2020, 07:41 PM
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Here are the small pieces tat make up each duct. 2 curved and 2 relatively straight. They are mirror images so making a hammer form wasn't practical.
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Old 06-24-2020, 05:20 AM
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Nice work on the vent ducts.
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Old 06-24-2020, 07:26 AM
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The parts are looking good, Mike.

My vote for the faux burl wood on metal is to go for it. We've done a fair amount of wood graining and really enjoy it. Once you figure out how the substrate grabs or doesn't grab the paint from your graining tool (rubber, feather, etc), it's a lot of fun. the transparent quality of burl would be a good challenge.
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Old 07-15-2020, 05:59 PM
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Finally some easy bench work. I made a model, then back figured the inside opening and step.
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Old 07-15-2020, 06:02 PM
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Bezels screened and fit to the dash top.
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