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auntiepaula
03-30-2012, 07:46 AM
I was going to hire a guy to install the electronics on my center console but what the heck. The guys at BOE Marine were great and everything arrived yesterday so I'm ready to rock n' roll. I was going to use a sabre saw to make the cuts but then I was thinking about one of those cool Dremel tools. I'm thinking the job might come out better and cleaner. What do you think of this?

http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Tools/Pages/ToolDetail.aspx?pid=Dremel%2bTrio%25e2%2584%25a2


JOEKEN
03-30-2012, 07:53 AM
I use a jugsaw with a blade for cutting metal. I allways tape the entire area with blue painters tape.

mwardncsu
03-30-2012, 10:30 AM
That Dremel "jigsaw" is slick..... what does it run? It would let you use the spiral cutting bits or some of the others that will hold up longer.

I used a regular jigsaw with a down-cutting blade (teeth face down, now up) to help minimize chipping of the gel-coat. If you use these keep strong down-pressure on the jigsaw as the down-facing teeth will cause the saw to "jump".

On the 4th side the cutting slowed down considerably and I started getting some "smoke", and this is what I had left....
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd309/ward0625/SeaHunt%20BX24/Console%20Wiring%20_%20Before/5813466e.jpg

Check your blades along the way and switch them out. :)

Use Blue tape to cover the surface - drill holes with a hole saw to establish the radius corners and a place to start your cut. (I already had a hole for a stereo that I had removed and was enlarging the cut-out for an HDS-7 in this pic)
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd309/ward0625/SeaHunt%20BX24/Console%20Wiring%20_%20Before/e0811ada.jpg

Not a dead perfectly straight cut, but good enough.....
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd309/ward0625/SeaHunt%20BX24/Console%20Wiring%20_%20Before/3aefdddf.jpg


Do it yourself - that way when there is an imperfection you will have done it and not be mad at someone else for having done it. ;) You'll see my "imperfection" on the left of that last photo - came from a screw that I drove in from inside the console mounting gear when I thought that section of fiberglass was cored - it was not..... :banghead: so I was grinding it down to re-gel coat.....


CNC Boater
03-30-2012, 11:42 AM
I also put the blue tape on the bottom of my jig saw.

Danny33486
03-30-2012, 11:48 AM
Jig saw. I cut my console with a Rotary tool the fiberglass was melting and smoldering. The bit got so hot it melted and broke. Keep in mind that most flush mounts have a bit of room for error. Measure twice - cut once!

DavenFla
03-30-2012, 11:52 AM
I prefer a die grinder and a wafer wheel for making straight cuts. Hole saw like above for starting.

mwardncsu
03-30-2012, 11:58 AM
Oh - and don't forget the dust mask :)

nevermind...
03-30-2012, 12:38 PM
My new favorite tool for large cuts on non-metallics:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H054RY/ref=oh_o02_s00_i00_details

I do NOT like dremel tools. They are weak and ill-suited for working on anything larger or harder than a penny. :grin:

Frank007
03-30-2012, 03:06 PM
Fein Multimaster

paraman
03-30-2012, 03:20 PM
Use carbide grain coated blades next time. You will get a nice cut with little to no chips.

auntiepaula
03-31-2012, 05:50 AM
Thanks for the great advice. I got up this morning and it's snowing! I don't care. I'm going out there after a 2nd cup of coffee and the cutting shall begin!

Glen E
03-31-2012, 05:58 AM
I've cut about 50 dashes with painters tape, a sabre saw and bi-metal blades - always a new blade for every hole....never missed yet and not jagged...

smithflys23
06-08-2012, 09:05 PM
I want to move an existing stereo, and patch a single DIN hole similar to the one pictured. Any advice on how to cover up/patch the existing hole?

mwardncsu
06-09-2012, 04:49 AM
I want to move an existing stereo, and patch a single DIN hole similar to the one pictured. Any advice on how to cover up/patch the existing hole?

Acrylic or starboard panel cut to fit the overall area - then cut outs for your new toys.

ozzyaa
06-09-2012, 07:17 AM
Make sure you use a vacum makes for a better job and a mask for sure

jus4funn2010
06-09-2012, 08:38 AM
I prefer a die grinder and .035 abrasive wheel also for the straight cuts. Keep in mind about any rotary cutting tool. There are many different designs but any of them dull. When they start to smoke and melting is happening, the tool is dull.... even if it is new. Not every tool comes from the manufacturer correctly. Good quality burrs and .035 wheels for me works perfect. jmo

dogonenuts
06-09-2012, 03:02 PM
A real man would use a Stihl.

smithflys23
06-09-2012, 07:39 PM
Acrylic or starboard panel cut to fit the overall area - then cut outs for your new toys.

Thanks for the help. Where could I find a panel like the one you mentioned? Sorry, this is my first boat, and there fore my first experience with marine stereo install. Thanks again

mwardncsu
06-09-2012, 07:43 PM
You can order starboard from a couple of dealers on eBay or find it at local plastics places - you'd have to cut to exact size from the eBay places,if it's ot a basic rectangle and probably route / round / finish the edges - a local shop can probably do all that for you.

wandoboater123
06-09-2012, 07:54 PM
A real man would use a Stihl.

:thumbsup:

smithflys23
06-09-2012, 08:16 PM
You can order starboard from a couple of dealers on eBay or find it at local plastics places - you'd have to cut to exact size from the eBay places,if it's ot a basic rectangle and probably route / round / finish the edges - a local shop can probably do all that for you.


It seems like it would be really difficult to cut a piece to make an exact fit for the exisiting hole. If I was to go that route, what type of adhesive would you recommend? Is there an adhesive that would double as a gap filler once the piece is fitted?

What about cutting a piece to cover up the existing hole?

To make a nice clean cut, is a band saw a good way to go?

Thanks again!

mwardncsu
06-10-2012, 05:26 AM
Your best route is likely to cut a template and then use a router. Otherwise a bandsaw or something can work then come back and sand to the cut line.

How complex is the shape? Most panels are rectangular or not that complex.

As to adhering - I'd bolt it and use some silicon caulk behind to waterproof it - others may have other suggestions.

smithflys23
06-10-2012, 02:20 PM
Your best route is likely to cut a template and then use a router. Otherwise a bandsaw or something can work then come back and sand to the cut line.

How complex is the shape? Most panels are rectangular or not that complex.

As to adhering - I'd bolt it and use some silicon caulk behind to waterproof it - others may have other suggestions.

The shape isnt complex (small single din rectangle). The only reason I want to relocate the stereo, is because it protrudes in to the console, and someone could hit there head on it. If I relocate it, I am left with an unsightly hole.

Let me ask you this. Is this a common thing to have some one fix? Who would I take it to? A marine stereo installer?

Thanks!

Danny33486
06-11-2012, 09:44 AM
a core material, fiberglass, gel coat.



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