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    And finally for today, I wanted something different to all those off the shelf switch panels so I fired up the laser and came up with this, this one will go on the left wing of the dashboard and another on the right.
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    That switch panel is really attractive. Much easier on the eye than any of the commercial types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    That switch panel is really attractive. Much easier on the eye than any of the commercial types.
    Thank's, it's a piece of scrap Huon I had kicking around, it's only a quick try to see roughly how much room I need to have on the dash, I may change some things on it yet.

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    So I had a play around with the switch panel, sitting it where I thought might work when I hit on the idea of having it over next to the throttle in such a way that it wasn't going to get nocked.
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    So I expanded on this idea by making another trial panel with the switches running up length ways, I haven't tried it in place yet but I think it looks OK, note that the item's engraved in are not final.
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    'Looks OK', what an understatement. Awesome is the word you're looking for. Any hints as to how it is done or is that a trade secret? What is this laser you mentioned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    'Looks OK', what an understatement. Awesome is the word you're looking for. Any hints as to how it is done or is that a trade secret? What is this laser you mentioned?
    No great trade secret, I have a laser cutter/engraver, it's how I made some parts for the hatch earlier on in the build, I also use it for making my model boats, it's an Epilog Helix 50watt, the lasering is the easy part, it's the drawing that takes a little time.

    If anyone on the forum needs anything done, let me know

    Here's a pic of it in action....
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    Could you comment further on what 'drawing' means? I'm guessing it doesn't mean picking up a pencil and sketch pad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    Could you comment further on what 'drawing' means? I'm guessing it doesn't mean picking up a pencil and sketch pad?
    Almost I do the drawings or artwork on a CAD program called CorelDraw on a PC, the laser is kinda like a funky printer (not to be confused with a 3d printer) if I get a chance I will take a picture of the drawing for you, I am actually doing some work for a friend tomorrow, 20 wooden breadknives that need his logo and timber type engraved onto them, you know the ones you see in all the touristy places

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    Could you comment further on what 'drawing' means? I'm guessing it doesn't mean picking up a pencil and sketch pad?
    Here's a good video showing the machine and how to use it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HuH05TM1nc

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    All new tech to me, what a wonderful device. Would love to see more examples of your work with the Epilog Helix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    All new tech to me, what a wonderful device. Would love to see more examples of your work with the Epilog Helix.
    I mostly use it for model making, here's my page, have a glance through the pics https://www.facebook.com/Mersey-Models-250190361689419/

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    Very nice looking switch panel! I noticed some inconsistent capitalization. Not sure if it's intentional, but you capitalized the "L" in "Nav Lights" but not in "Cab light", and "fwd" and "aft" are not capitalized. Also, did you intend to say "Lights" (plural) vs "Light" (singular)?

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by guillemot View Post
    Very nice looking switch panel! I noticed some inconsistent capitalization. Not sure if it's intentional, but you capitalized the "L" in "Nav Lights" but not in "Cab light", and "fwd" and "aft" are not capitalized. Also, did you intend to say "Lights" (plural) vs "Light" (singular)?

    Jeff
    Well spotted, I am a fan of capitals so will fix the missing ones if the panel suits where I would like it to go, I'm unsure if there will be a cabin light or lights yet but the spot lights will be one or the other so light, I must admit I did this one very quickly, I knew it
    would fit where I wanted it to go but wasn't sure if it worked there if you know what I mean.

    Phill

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    Thanks for the link to your page. Detail in your modes is astounding. Looking at the model building process gives a whole new context to your life size boat building methods. Barbie's end looked a bit sinister. I expect a crime scene and full investigation must have followed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    All new tech to me, what a wonderful device. Would love to see more examples of your work with the Epilog Helix.
    Here you go, the breadknives done with a little map of Tasmania and timber species engraved in, turns out there was actually 40 to do
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    Started the window frames today going to be a slow job but worth it I think, the outer frame will be rebated for the glass and the inner frame will be rebated to allow for the thickness of the wheelhouse wall.
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    Default Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I like your laser work, but I can't help noticing the knives don't look like they'd cut much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    I like your laser work, but I can't help noticing the knives don't look like they'd cut much...
    Yeah they are far more effective once the blade is screwed on

    Phill

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    About time for an update I think, one outer window frame all glued together with the corners trimmed and sanded to shape plus a pencil round on the outer edges....
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    While the window frames are drying I made a start on the front visor, I have been putting this off for a while now but it turns out the job was far less tedious than I expected
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    And a shot of one of our local boats just because I thought it looked good
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    Not that I plan to do any excessive sailing at night or anything but here's a shot with both fore and aft spotlights in action in this shot they are running on an 18volt cordless battery so I expect a slight drop in power on 12.
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    Not much of an update but the pile of window frames is growing and the first rear window frame with the curved top rail is done and ready for shaping the corners.
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    Default Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Looking good. Bornn looks a bit sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Looking good. Bornn looks a bit sad.
    pardon my ignorance but what's a Bornn?

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    That boat you posted a photo of. Maybe it's Boann?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    That boat you posted a photo of. Maybe it's Boann?
    ha, forgot I posted that, yes it's Boann, Muddy creek in Port Sorell is a great spot if you love old boats but it's hard not to think they all need saving

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    All the window frames assembled at last
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    A coat of varnish and a test fit, pretty happy with the look of it.
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    Default Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Looking good! That is a lot of visible joinery...varnished window frames look sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerwagon View Post
    Looking good! That is a lot of visible joinery...varnished window frames look sharp.
    Thanks, very time consuming but I think its worth it.

    Phill

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    Default Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Yep, love the window frames.
    Yours has got to be the finest mini tug out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by timo4352 View Post
    Yep, love the window frames.
    Yours has got to be the finest mini tug out there
    Thanks, much appreciated

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    The wow factor is going into orbit!

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