BW Mahogany

Old 06-29-2020, 11:41 AM
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Refinishing a BW 15 SuperSport. I have new mahogany interior Ive ordered from Specialty Marine. What is the best tool to use for cutting out the console for the steering and instruments? Jigsaw or Dremel tool? Id appreciate your opinion or advise. Glenn
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Hole saw and 1/2" drill, assuming gauges are round.
Old 06-29-2020, 12:28 PM
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Hole saw will work for steering, tach, trim gauge and oil level gauge. I have a small square cutout required for a trim switch and then a larger square cut out required for a gang switch. Im thinking a dremel so I can do both with one tool. The small square might be too small for a jigsaw. I appreciate any advice. Glenn
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Tried 3 times to post link. Just google rockwell sonicrafter.
Old 06-29-2020, 05:10 PM
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Multi tool will do a nice job once you get the hang of it.
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It sounds like your are cutting into wood. I’d use a different blade for fiberglass.

Hole saws for round gauges (rock them in a circular motion As you cut so you don’t hurt yourself or the cut). Those hole saws have a tendency to bind and will hurt your wrist. use a jig saw with a fine clean wood cut blade For straight cuts or curves. Leave about a 1/16” from final edge to sand or file down to smooth out your cuts if you have doubts.

most gauges, fishfinders, etc have an edge that will cover up any small non-perfect cuts. Just get your layout straight and follow the lines.

after cutting dry fit your items, then disassemble and finish your mahogany before final assembly.

good luck
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With the hole saw, it also helps to drill a centered pilot hole a little smaller than the hole saw pilot before running the hole saw, and also to run the hole saw in reverse to start the saw cut, to avoid it binding/walking on the start. You might practice on a piece of plywood or board before starting on the mahogany. And yes, if you push too hard on the drill instead of letting the saw do the work, it can definitely bind and the drill will try to wrench your hand off.

On the jig saw, I'd add that for a finer surface on the cut side, I really like the blades that cut on the down stroke.

All of the above is from experience, including the wrenching your hand off bit.

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