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Old 06-02-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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One of a kind auto trans Shift Handle

I decided to try to make my own Shift handle for the Camaro.
Being an amateur woodworker , wood was the obvious choice.
I bought a used shift handle from Nutro here on the forums.
I stripped it down to it's inner housing.
Then I cut a piece of Maple burl in half and carved out the halves to accept the shifter housing.After I got it to fit properly the outside had to be shaped.
Basically the inner housing is surrounded by an eighth inch thick layer of Maple burl.
After I roughed out the shape of the handle I siliconed the housing inside the two halves and glued the two halves together .Then came much sanding. I also put a strip of Black Ebony (wood) between the handle and the lower chrome trim. Then I sprayed it with several coats of clear lacquer.
It took me probably 10-12 hours over the course of a week to complete.I had to walk away from it a few times.lol.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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Way to personalize your ride. You have some skills there..
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:55 PM   #3
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One-offs are the best mod...good work
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #4
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Awesome skills at work there, very nice.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:00 PM   #5
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im a carpenter and do alot of wood work for ppl that i like on the side. u done great man. i know that had to be alot of sanding to make it come out like that. nice job
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:12 PM   #6
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:28 PM   #7
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That is definitely unique! I would not have the skills to make something like that. Nice job!
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:03 PM   #8
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Not my taste, but great skill! I bet I'd like it in full ebony!
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:15 PM   #9
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nice skills! looks great and its a one of a kind
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #10
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It'd be sick if you could some how dye it blue, I'd buy it!
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:33 AM   #11
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Nice, looks GREAT.

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Old 06-16-2013, 07:13 PM   #12
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I am in the process of making wood shift handle #2 . Will post pics when it is done.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:00 PM   #13
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Nice job, glad to see you went from planning this, to making it a reality !!! I cant wait to see it in person!
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:29 PM   #14
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Ok, my first shift knob turned out great but I didn't like the color against the green and black interior. So I wrote off another 10 or so hours of my life and made another.
This one is a piece of Quilted Maple . I used green aniline dye to stain it ,then several coats of clear lacquer.
I think it looks much nicer .
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:32 PM   #15
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:33 PM   #16
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Great work! The green looks great with the green panels. My brother had done this in his civic when we were in high school.
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:35 PM   #17
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Looks great. Not my thing but it came out really good!
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:41 PM   #18
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nice invent... creative
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:52 PM   #19
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I love a good burl! looks sweet. now be the first with wood dash trim!
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #20
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:18 AM   #21
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WOW that green just explodes! Very nice work!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:31 AM   #22
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Damn nice! Can you make some 1911 pistol grip panels?
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