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Old 01-24-2003, 10:00 AM
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I was hoping that you all can recommend a type of engraving stock to use for a new instrument panel on my CC Grady. The simulated wood grain just keeps looking worse and worse as I replace my teak with Starboard, so it's gotta go. I had originally planned on using more starboard to make the panel until I saw Ringleader's installation of the engraving stock. Beautiful job!! I need some type of material that:

1. Is suitable to use in a marine environment (ie. won't fade)
2. Can be engraved to show the rocker switch functions (panel itself will be black and engravings will be a lighter color, preferably white)
3. 1/2" maximum thickness

Is there a specific name for this type of stuff?

I already have all the new guages, rocker switches and fuse holders. I've determined the layout I want using a cardboard template.

This has got to go:



Thanks for any info you can provide.

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Old 01-24-2003, 12:30 PM
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Take a look in the 'Electronics' forum uder my recent post. I used Starboard...it works great, probably 1/4" or 3/8" thick would fill you needs.

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Old 01-24-2003, 08:48 PM
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I used 1/8" 2-ply matte black engraving stock from Rowmark. It is very easy to work with and not very expensive (24"x12" sheet was about $30) The engraver charged me another $30 for all the engraving including the mako sharks! I call that a deal!

I am still searching for something closer to 1/4" thick. I was at a boat dealer the other day, and he had a locally made aluminum boat there with the exact material I am looking for. The guy was a real a-hole about giving me a phone number to the manufactuer, he wouldn't do it! Needless to say, I won't give him another dollar as long as I am in this town! But I'll let you know when I find the perfect material. If you have any questions, shoot them over my way.
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Old 01-25-2003, 05:01 AM
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You might want to consider a combination of materials because the engraving stock does not have much structral strength. Here's what I did: I have a roughly 26x18 flush mount electronics panel in my console. I made up a piece of 1/2" black Starboard that size to serve as the base. I cut openings for my radar/fishfinder display and my plotter, which are mounted directly into the Starboard. Then I had an engraver make up a 14"x3" panel of black engraving stock with cutouts for mounting my 12 rocker switches. This has a nice white line engraved around the edge, my boat's name, and labels under the switches. The switches are mounted on this panel, which in turn is screwed onto the Starboard over one big rectangular cutout.

I think you could do something similar, mounting your gauges into the Starboard and then having an electrical panel fabricated. The phenolic panels are the strongest. I would be concerned that a phenolic big enough for the entire area you have would be prone to cracking if you leaned against it too hard (for example, on a very rough day, sometimes we all lose our footing once in a while).
The Starboard is much strionger and resilient than the phenolic engraving stock. It also resists UV from the sun much better. The other problem is that if you manage to find very thick engraving stock or try to use Starboard for the electrical switches, you may well find that the switches are not long enough to mount in anything more than about 1/4" thick. Be sure and check how thick a panle your switches and fuses can handle.
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Old 01-29-2003, 10:14 AM
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Ed,

Am I correct to assume that you did all of the cutting of the Rowmark yourself? I found a place to get the same stuff but the guy wants to laser cut everything and engrave for me to the tune of $105 to $145....yikes!! He claims the stuff melts easily when cut. I don't believe him though. It can't be any worse than Starboard and I didn't have any problems cutting that, it just may require a little filing to fine tune the opening for the gauges and switches.

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Old 01-29-2003, 10:27 AM
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I just bought a piece of black acrylic off ebay for $6. Its .177 " thick, so I'm hoping it work OK on my Grady. For $6 it was worth a shot.

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I cut the panels out and cut the holes for the gauges and switches. Then I took the panles to a trophy shop, and he did all the engraving for me by using some templates that I had made. He didn't laser engrave it though, he uses a rotary machine on that material. He only charged me about $30!
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Thanks Ed, that's what I tought.

How's that transom coming?

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Old 01-29-2003, 08:56 PM
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The transom is going slowly. Since I don't have a shop to work in, the weather is holding me up right now. Last Saturday I took the motor off and bolted it to a palate and set her to rest on the garage floor. Then it rained on me Sunday, so I couldn't work. Hopefully Friday, I'll remove the jackplate, transducer, through hulls, trim moldings, rub rail, trim tabs, and lifting D-rings. Then saturday I plan to put the skil saw to my innerliner. OUCH!!! Wish me luck!


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Old 01-30-2003, 03:21 AM
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Why not aluminum? You can order a plate of aluminum from www.mcmaster.com , cut it, round the corners, etc and get it powder painted for engraving. That's what I'm going to do when I get tired of my wood instrument panel.
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