|Project by Gianni||posted 04-30-2014 03:30 AM||1551 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Well, here it is. A friend asked if I could do a wooden dashboard for his street rod that he’s doing upgrades on, and this is what I came up with. I think his original thought was flat face to mount the gages in, but the cutout behind it allowed me to recess everything on a 10 degree tapered piece and set it all back into the face.
I had to make several tools, including an angled plywood planer sled, some assembly jigs to get the spacing even on a rather odd shaped piece this large, etc. The tapered piece had to be completely hand-sanded because of the continuously varying angle of the cutout, but it turned out well.
To add a personalized element, I did a little intarsia piece with the Lion’s head from his Army signal corps logo. The dash wasn’t wide enough to do the entire logo, but the lion is pretty faithful to the original, and not too bad for my first ever attempt at intarsia.
All in all, he’s pretty thrilled with how it turned out – this was a big job compared to the small hobby projects I normally do, and I’m very happy with how it looks.