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Old 05-19-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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This is Driving Me Nuts!

Where can I find a quality (ie heavyweight) brass or bronze plate into which I can engrave my boat's registration number. It should look salty enough that one would mount in the salon, or maybe the master. I've checked Defender, West Marine, and all I see is cheesy DIY plastic crap. I have Googled and drawn a blank. I can't believe there is no source anywhere for this. Help appreciated.

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Old 05-19-2016, 04:23 PM   #2
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Try your local steel supplier. Most all will cut to size for a reasonable fee.
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Check with your local machine shop or Granger. The machine shop could do a nice engraving if they have a CNC machine.

https://www.grainger.com/category/br...ct=brass+plate
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:58 PM   #5
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ABI Brass Commissioning Plate

And a simple one

http://www.woodenboatstore.com/produ...ders_Nameplate
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:09 PM   #6
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Lots pop up if you google "brass, tonnage, board"
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Something like this is inexpensive.

http://www.signaturehardware.com/out...e-numbers.html
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:32 PM   #9
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Something like this is inexpensive.

Address Plaques & House Numbers
Exactly, good suggestion. Those house number or nameplate vendors can make you one and it won't cost a million bucks either. You can even do a nautical theme plaque if you want to get cute. (Of course now I'm thinking of the CG reg that says that the doc numbers have to be affixed in such a way that removal would leave scars -- big bolts or lots of epoxy maybe.) Like this for example:
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Your local trophy shop should have the brass. For bronze or antique brass, local funeral home has plaques for caskets.
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Old 05-20-2016, 06:40 AM   #13
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IF the plate is to be used as the boats number for documentation remember it can not just be screwed in place.

It mist be perminantly mounted.

If its a cabin decoration anything will do.
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LOL. You're right Pete. I am constantly amazed by this Forum - one can throw out the most obscure question and almost instantly get amazing feedback and support, almost 100% of which is good advice.
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You could also use teak as an alternative either engraved or lasered. If simply engraving numbers, look for a cnc equipped sign shop that is capable of true V-carve cnc. Laser is better suited to small, complex or highly detailed work. I've attached some shots of a teak plaque that I cnc cut and laser engraved to house our boat's builder's plaque. Unless I'm mistaken the plaque itself is polished and chromed brass, a good trophy shop equipped with a Hermes (or similar) engraver should be able to fabricate something like this fairly easily. - Best of luck!
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You could also use teak as an alternative either engraved or lasered. If simply engraving numbers, look for a cnc equipped sign shop that is capable of true V-carve cnc. Laser is better suited to small, complex or highly detailed work. I've attached some shots of a teak plaque that I cnc cut and laser engraved to house our boat's builder's plaque. Unless I'm mistaken the plaque itself is polished and chromed brass, a good trophy shop equipped with a Hermes (or similar) engraver should be able to fabricate something like this fairly easily. - Best of luck!
Thank you for posting this! A week ago a friend asked me about engraving and I told him about this but couldn't for the life of me find it. Great job!
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Question - have been on the same search as David (OP) for a good while. Following DHeckrotte's suggestion, looked at McMaster -Carr. They have 6" x 6" 260 brass plates in 0.125" thick.

My particular use is to use this sheet (engraved) to cover a prior equipment (apprx. 4" x 6") opening in a nice solid teak piece at my lower helm. I think 0.125" would be a good choice. All it has to do is sit there and look pretty. Sufficient thickness?

Second question: Is 260 brass the right type for engraving? If not, what is the suggested grade?
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Your question is probably best answered by just calling a trophy shop or engraver in your area. I'd bet it'd be cheaper to have them supply the brass rather than ordering it yourself, paying for shipping etc.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:49 PM   #20
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Brass is cheesy. You really want it cast in bronze.
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