The origin of Engine Turned stainless (and other material) can be traced back to 1914 during World War I. The sheet metal parts of the Fokker-Eindecker fighter aircraft series had engine turned stainless on the engine cowl and associated sheet metal. Engine turning can also be found on bank notes and other high value documents to make it difficult to forge copies. Perhaps the most recognizable and memorable engine turned stainless was on Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. During the 1920's and 1930's engine turned material found its way to race cars. Often, this practice was used on the dash, cowls and hoods. I've always been fond of the look. Whether it's a vintage Bugatti, speedster, or dry lakes racer from the late 1940's, there's just something that screams nostalgia. The look of a faded engine turned dash with late 1940's Stewart Warner 2 5/8" smooth bezel, crescent needle gauges is hard to beat. Some use eraser tips while others have used cartridge rolls to accomplish this look For quite some time I've wanted to try. So, today was the day. I made a short video so you can see my technique (not that I'm in any position to teach this) hell, this was my first whack at it. I will also show you my set up. I used a product called a Cratex Stick. They work great. It's a cylindrical sanding stick. Before I started I cut my 6" Cratex stick to a piece that is about 3/4" in length. I then took a 1/2" diameter wood dowel and cut it to a length of approx. 3 1/2". I used super glue and glued the two together. Then into my drill press.... After a few passes I took a look at my progress.... Once complete, I wiped it with lacquer thinner to remove some of the sanding debris and finger prints. Then some Gibbs spray to give it a nice sheen. I was happy with the results for my first attempt. Lets see your Engine Turned parts!