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Forum topic by derosa posted 01-02-2011 03:35 AM 1076 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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derosa

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01-02-2011 03:35 AM

I’m currently in the process of working on/restoring/modifying my volvo bertone which came factory with a burl elmwood veneer on the door panels that looks really nice. My issue is that the dash trim which isn’t too long and made of decaying foam needs to be replaced. My thought was that the foam could be replaced with a similarly matching burl wood. There are a total of 5 pieces that would need to be replaced. The old trim simply slid into place using dovetails which should be easy to duplicate in wood.
The main questions are, where would I get the wood to do this with? the longest piece is probably about 18-20”, what can the wood be impregnated with to keep it dimensionally stable, and what woods can be substituted to match elmwood. Worse case I could ditch the burl in the door panels for a cherry or mahogany veneer and do the trim in same if the elmwood can’t be duplicated.

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 09:28 PM

If the longest piece is 20”(easy to ship) I’d search Ebay (look at violin ribs too). There is a Woodcraft in Rochester, they might have something interesting. That’s a rare car for this area. Good luck. -Jack

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 06:45 AM

Can you post photos of what you need to do, then it would be easier to give a suggestion. If you are looking for stable wood I am thinking of something with plywood and veneer it with whatever wood you would like.

-- Carpe Diem

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 07:10 AM

At a local hardware store (called McCoy’s) I recently bought some 10mil veneer in 2’x4’ pieces. I’m not sure what burl elm looks like, but they had a sheet up with about eighty different grain choices to choose from if you wanted to order it.

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 06:56 PM

Try Gilmerwood.com; they are here in Oregon and have an absolutely stupendous variety of unusual woods.

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 07:12 PM

The soft foam pieces in the interior of automobiles are done that way for a reason… Volvo particularly engineered their cars with an eye to safety… I would think if you want to replace foam with wood, you might consider Balsa, at least it has some give…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 07:36 AM

I’m considering redoing the Walnut Burl trim in my MBZ (88 560SL). I have experimented a bit and here’s what I’ve come up with. Haven’t started doing it yet but I’m pretty sure it will look great and last longer than I do.
It started with an experiment; At my local hardware store I purchased very thin brass bars They come in 3 ft strips they are less than 1/64th thick, probably even thinner than that and about ¾ wide. I veneered a test strip with walnut burl I purchased online (Constantines I think). I used dry resin glue, pressed it in a vacuum bag and presto I have a thin, rigid solid substrate veneered with walnut. I can shape the strips on my scroll saw or a coping saw along with a bit of filling for final fit. I’ll fill, final sand and spray a high gloss finish (recipe to be determined) and glue it in place with this killer thermal tape I also found online. For the curved console I will make a form to fit the console sand the current burl down to bare wood and veneer a matching layer on the console again with the vacuum bag, the same with the instrument panel. I haven’t done anything yet except the test strips but that was the only think I wasn’t sure I could make work. The test strips came out great, shaping them is easy I sprayed with a can of deft just to see what it would look like. I expect the finished product will look as good or better than the original. All I have to do now is find the time to do it. I invite any advice to improve on my plan. I’m considering redoing the Walnut Burl trim in my MBZ (88 560SL). I have experimented a bit and here’s what I’ve come up with. Haven’t started doing it yet but I’m pretty sure it will look great and last longer than I do.
It started with an experiment; At my local hardware store I purchased very thin brass bars They come in 3 ft strips they are less than 1/64th thick, probably even thinner than that and about ¾ wide. I veneered a test strip with walnut burl I purchased online. I used dry resin glue, pressed it in a vacuum bag and presto I have a thin, rigid solid substrate veneered with walnut. I can shape the strips on my scroll saw or a coping saw along with a bit of filling for final fit. I’ll fill, final sand and spray a high gloss finish (recipe to be determined) and glue it in place with this killer thermal tape I also found online. For the curved console I will make a form to fit the console sand the current burl down to bare wood and veneer a matching layer on the console again with the vacuum bag, the same with the instrument panel. I haven’t done anything yet except the test strips but that was the only think I wasn’t sure I could make work. The test strips came out great, shaping them is easy I sprayed with a can of deft just to see what it would look like. I expect the finished product will look as good or better than the original. All I have to do now is find the time to do it. I invite any advice to improve on my plan.
I hope you found this helpful.
Derossa, I think replacing the origional foam with new and simular foam and attaching a veneer backed with brass or alum would work
I hope you found this helpful.

-- Ken

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