I've got Wood (veneer) let me see yours

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Couldn’t resist showing an alternative.

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Yes indeed! This set, which I am willing to give away after refurbishing, comes from a 2000C
 

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RP, nice look. Definitely modernizes the coupe a bit.

I re-veneered the wood myself. The vacuum sealer is a must. The two tricky parts are the careful removal of the old veneer (I had to use some epoxy wood filler because of the inevitable gouges) and the repair of the delaminating curved ends. Finished with matte epiphanies. Walnut.
 

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A few progress shots of mine which is still awaiting final sanding and polish. All done to an extremely high level of work but won't be using them again due prices increasingly massively for no reason and similar people having issues. High gloss European walnut burr
 

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I guess that I could have chosen your geographic, if I didn't already know it, from the veneer choice. Very beautiful. Love to see more pics of the grab-rail, as that's easily the most difficult piece to do, and get right.

I work with with a few high-end furniture manufacturers currently, and the problems that are causing the situations that you mentioned...fewer skilled people that know "the difference", and the fact that those companies have had to over-pay under-qualified people to just show up...which also tends to send those skilled, more mature people home, to whittle on the porch, fiddle in the garden, etc. Sad to see the erosion of the brain/skill trust. As we used to say at a former employer, "shut up and draw"...
 

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Since we're showing wood trim, my car came from Maui, Hawaii. The Previous owner put in curly Hawaiian KOA and I added the handbrake handle. The Nardi shift knob is Mahogany.
Every car I have owned has had wood trim,including the 1972 2002 I bought new 51 years ago. The 2002 dash has a cherry veneer I made in 1973. And that Alpina wood shift knob was purchased in 1983 at the Alpina Werkes in Buchoe during a BMWCCA tour of all of the BMW factories and tuners.
 

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Way back when I was in design school, we studied many species, Koa being one of them..we were told that the closer to an active volcano, the more figure/cross-fire, (or curl) the wood would have. Might even be true :) Yours has it in spades...very nicely done.
 

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I guess that I could have chosen your geographic, if I didn't already know it, from the veneer choice. Very beautiful. Love to see more pics of the grab-rail, as that's easily the most difficult piece to do, and get right.

I work with with a few high-end furniture manufacturers currently, and the problems that are causing the situations that you mentioned...fewer skilled people that know "the difference", and the fact that those companies have had to over-pay under-qualified people to just show up...which also tends to send those skilled, more mature people home, to whittle on the porch, fiddle in the garden, etc. Sad to see the erosion of the brain/skill trust. As we used to say at a former employer, "shut up and draw"...
Finished up yesterday, currently on holiday but will collect when I'm back in blighty.
 

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Extrorrrrdinary!
Understand, and like the window lift switch surround, but what is the piece at photo #16? (I love the owl in the book-matched burl)
 

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Extrorrrrdinary!
Understand, and like the window lift switch surround, but what is the piece at photo #16? (I love the owl in the book-matched burl)
Photo 1: I give you shocked man
Photo 2: Spot the grinch
Photo 3: is fairly certain that is not an owl but in fact a woman lifting up her top.

Photo 16 is the speaker grille. I had it blanked off with a thin aluminium plate. This will either be for gauge pods or bonded to a screen attached to a servo that flips over when the ignition is turned on
 

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i used a figured Etimoe. many thanks to @m5bb for all of his great work on this.
Who me? Someday we'll get to see them in your car. LOL

What you may not notice here and on mine is that this veneer was one piece so the figure and grain match from left rear window across the dash to the right rear window. It's the way to do this correctly if you're a wood worker.
 

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....it was a really delicate work to refurbish the loudspeaker grilles. So we decided to produce some new ones:20231120_151354.jpg
Five sheets of "american walnut", perfect right-angled cutouts. Waiting to receive final colour and coating.20231120_151644.jpg
If anybody is interested:
a set will cost 75€ plus shipping.
For the gauze I choose this 20231120_093233.jpg, needs to be coloured
Regards
Thomas
 

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these look great @TomHom ... i have added you to the Best Sources FAQ in a separate heading just under the sources for dash wood.
 

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Thank so much!
But the praise should go to my best neighbour Franz-Josef. He has the skills and he really enjoys producing these fine things for our beautiful cars!
 

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All of which should be to say, you can do it yourself with in-house methods, plus patience and elbow grease. I re-made one of my door trims in koa many years ago and considered it not difficult. It isn't professionally glossy, and may not need to be, but with a bit of that grease, wet-dry sandpaper and a spray can, it could be.

One thought if you propose to use a solid wood rather than a veneer: stay far, far away from highly figured wood(s) that don't cut well without a better-than-razor edge on your tools. That's encouragement to use straight grain wood for full thickness, or fine, expensive and finicky veneer for the glam look. I belong in the camp of straight grain which fits nicely with the interior lines of our cars.
 

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the most important thing to remember with solid wood is to do a good job to keep each piece from warping ... especially long skinny pieces. i would use a lot of little screws (more than the stock veneered pieces) top and bottom.

@Honolulu has good advice to use straight grain wood and to avoid highly figured wood.
 
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