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36 THE SHOP JUNE 2019 minum amplifier from another manufac- turer if it matches the interior feel better. SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Duplication of shapes through router work is a cornerstone of modern vehicle interior design that some old-school cut-and-sew guys seldom know how to do efficiently. Along with router techniques, Schmitt and Torres used the seminar to introduce some new and important types of router bits, time-saving router accessories, dif- ferent router types, as well as tips on building your own router table. Router work is essential for symmetrical 3D-style panel construction, they believe. Even more important is learning how to use the router shield for safety. The use of these techniques creates a modern look in a classic restored, resto-mod or Pro-Touring machine. It also allows for repeatable results while cutting down on time once the tools and jigs are mastered. "Stop reinventing the wheel each time custom interior work is in your shop," Schmitt notes. Having various angle jigs and techniques in your go-to toolbox can help one vehicle leave the bay and another one get the next product in without having a cookie-cutter appearance. Retailers that can master interior customization techniques can capitalize on a larger client base that includes hot rod owners. These 1967-'68 Chevrolet Camaro dash panels from Classic Dash are available in a variety of finishes and with different instrumenta- tion—an example of how easy it is to add a custom touch to your next interior project. (Photos courtesy Classic Dash) Hot Rods & HIGH-TECH

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