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vmog23 
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I have a 93 Chevy suburban and am tired or that squared off dash.  So I decided to design a new dash for it.  I did the design and the drawings for it but I am not sure of how to go about making it from scratch.  Due to the fact that I am rounding it off a little bit but am not sure of how to get the curves using wood. Then I have all the cut outs I need to layout for the vents and the stereo ect. If anyone could help me on the best materials to use I would greatly appreciate it.

sk8ingsmurf 
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Fiberglass, make whatever framework you will need (structurally to stretch the fabric over it) and then get to work on glassin' the crap out of it.  Not a small project but it definitely gives it a very custom look.
vmog23 
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so could i use a bunch of wood dowel rods to get my curves and then glass over it and not worry about having wood to reinfoce it. 
sk8ingsmurf 
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The wood is really just to help shape it and mount it, if you can get the shapes you need and adequate mounting with just dowel rods then yes that should do.  Just make sure that when you do glass it you use a few layers, probably dont need to go to the extent of the "thumb test" as there will be no pressure like a sub would exert, but a like 6-8 layers would be my guess for good strength.
vmog23 
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so i still need the wood to mount it.  if i make it thick enough would that also work.

sk8ingsmurf 
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As I said, the wood might be required to mount it, but that would really depend on the dash and the design, if you need a solid wood backing (which in most cases I would imagine you would) in order to bolt it onto the firewall, then yes, that would be required.  Not sure what your question was on the thickness, the fiberglass will need to be somewhat thick in order to take the stress of everyday driving and to provide strength for mounting various things to it.  However that one also depends greatly on the car itself, only you know how you want it to look, what you want it to do, and what types of pressure, stress, and damage it is likely to encounter.
vmog23 
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ok thanks.  what would you recomend as far as the type of wood to use if i do need the wood to mount it .  the reason i ask is cause it is going to be 5'lx1'w so i need it to flex to get the contures i am looking for.  i'll try scaning my drawing in to give you a rough idea of what i am looking to do.
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here is the side view which will give an idea of the curve on the top and front.

dash design -- posted image.

vmog23 
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here are the other pics. one is the front view and the other is the top.

dash design -- posted image.

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i think you might be in over your head with this one bro
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