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I agree, this is one cheap looking piece of vinyl coated masonite. Years ago I fabricated a TVR 2500-M (sports car) dashboard out of walnut, and I recessed the dials, took a huge amount of time, and the result was in the "Barrett Jackason" category. It made everything else look bad. I think I can do a somewhat similar job on this piece, by using a solid piece of mahogany, and gently recessing things to make it look more than just a plank of wood with dials in it. I understand it's not original, but in this case the original doesn't do anything for me, and if someone in the future wanted to redo it with masonite, I suppose it would be possible to do that.
There are a few other pieces of exposed mahogany on this boat. Not many, but enough to see and appreciate. I'll finish all of the pieces the same color, and this dash piece will get a polyurethane top coating to protect against scratching. With new dials it should really get some attention at the docks.
This message has been edited by FEfinaticP on Jan 16, 2007 1:58 PM