Control Panels

Bronze control panels

Wanting something unique for my control panels I decided to make something that looks like an old bronze plaque that has been exposed to the elements for many years…

Copyright 2004 Tim Warris

Its hard to get a decent picture of these as they are fairly dark in color. What do you think?

November 24 update

I liked the look of the control panel so much I thought I would add a bronze “builder plate” to the front of the upper deck of the layout, again, the pictures do not do it much justice…


Posted by: | 11-23-2004 | 06:11 PM
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  1. Tim,

    Very cool. That is a very unique and original control panel. What type of switches will you use, standard toggles may end up a bit to “silvery”, but I’m sure you will come up with something equally as cool. Must be nice having all those machine tools lying around the shop (including a CNC machine?)

    Comment by Chris Zygmont — 11/23/2004 @ 7:35 pm
  2. Thanks Chris,

    This was made on a laser cutter. Besides cutting, lasers are very good at engraving, can make complete building fronts with them. A very neat tool to have around.

    I will be using some home made push buttons on the panel, all that will show is a small 1/8″ protrusion. I will also have some subtle lights to indicate routes.


    Comment by Tim Warris — 11/23/2004 @ 7:59 pm
  3. What manufacturer/model # of “laser engraver” are you using?

    Thanks for the great site!

    Colorado Springs

    Comment by Scott — 7/29/2005 @ 3:45 pm

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