Custom panels for the Oberheim DMX/DX/DSX
Standard wood is American black walnut. Other varieties available by custom order.
Walnut panels: How they're made
I start with 3/4 inch walnut stock from the lumberyard, cutting it into manageable 4 foot
lengths, and then planing it down to a thickness of 1/2 inch.
After cutting the material to approximate rectangular size on the table saw, I use a jig to
corner, which will make cutting the finished size easier in the router shaping step.
After the blanks are cut to rough size and shape, a jig is used for drilling the two
mounting holes, which will also be used to secure the blank to the shaping jig used in the
To cut the final shape of the panels, they are mounted in a jig with a master pattern and
routed with a pattern-following router bit.
Next, the panels get a quick sanding on both sides at the belt sander.
After sanding, the edges are chamfered at the router table, using a 45 degree chamfering
Almost finished. All that's left is final hand sanding and finishing.
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