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It's amazing what a little varnish will do to mahogany !

July 22 2007 at 11:39 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to Final dashboard work, varnishing, general clean up, final wiring

Here's my helper and wood finishing student, Xuma Metcalf and her Uncle Paul showing off the two piece dashboard for the Skiff project.

The big piece is line-for-line identical to the original dash, only made of real mahogany instead of wood grain vinyl on masonite; it caries two large restored gauges, some aux switches and the ignition switch. The lower dash is hung below and a little behind, and it will carry the digital depth gauge, the trim tab controls, switches, aux electric outlet and light, Xintex Fireboy auto blower sniffer, and the Ivilite

She was quite amazed to see me sanding these pieces dull this afternoon, only to see them gleam like this. I have one sealer coat on that stain, a full strength coat of lightly brushed Pettit High Build, and one nice coat of Epifanes. That Epifanes is awesome stuff!

I'll do one more sanding and another final coat of Epifanes. These pieces look very red in the photo but it's a result of the flash. They are lightly pigmented and lots of the real wood grain shows through. They're quite nice!


Uncle Paul

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