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Old 10-07-2002, 10:32 PM
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Advice on cutting Burlwood Trim

I know this might be a stretch but hopefully some artisan is monitoring. I bought the trim pieces shown in the attached photo from eris designs of Germany. The two pieces for either side of the steering wheel on my 1994 E500 mounted without any modification.

The two pieces for the passenger side of the dash are made for a vehicle with a glove compartment. My vehicle has an SRS airbag assy. in place of the glove box. The pieces are the correct length but are not the correct height. I will have to "cut" an inch or so off the hieght of each piece. The pieces are burlwood on the face and what appears to be aluminium backing.

Does anyone know what method to employ in cutting the pieces without damaging the burlwood?
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Old 10-08-2002, 01:46 AM
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The Burlwood is very thin veneer backed by a thicker layer of laminated wood witch is glued to the alum. I have cut it with a fine blade in a jeweler's saw . I cut it slightly large then worked it to size with a fine file and dressed the edge with 400 grit wet and dry sand paper using a sanding block.However the piece's I cut were much shorter and I am a retired silver smith and have experence with these tools.and I found it very hard to work with.
If you are not used to doing this type close work I would suggest looking for a shop that dose custom interior work or someone with this type skill level..........
William Rogers.......
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Old 10-08-2002, 09:30 AM
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I modified the burlwood dash piece in my 560sel to accept the readout from a cd changer. I had to cut a hole in it 1 1/2" by 3" . I drilled a pilot hole 1/4" in from finished hole size and used a coping saw with a fine blade to cut the burl. I then carefully used a file to bring the hole to near finished size. I then used contact cement and glued 400 grit sandpaper to a piece of wood and used it as a fishing rasp. I then finished the edge with 1000 grit sandpaper. It goods great. I would suggest clamping the piece in a vise with cloth on the jaws to prevent damage and using the coping saw to within 1/8" of finished size. Then, with the piece clamped horizontally - take a sheet of 200 grit sandpaper and glue it to a piece of wood 2" wide by 11" long (3/4" plywood or particleboard works well). By slowly sanding along the edge it will take it down to almost the right size and with the sandpaper glued to the board - you will be assured of a straight edge. Then use a piece of wood with 400 grit sandpaper glued to it to take it the rest of the way. Then finish with 1000 grit sandpaper making sure you do not hit the face. Apply a coat of polish to the new edge and it should look great. It took me a week to get up the nerve to cut my burl - but it was worth it - everyone thinks the cd display was installed at the factory!!
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