o) Dashboard Constuct.

I saw that a new Dashboard was between $300 and $400 and I thought that it seemed kind of pricy.  It is a simple piece of laminated plywood with some holes in it so I figured since I just completely restored a car I should be able to make my own wood dashboard, so here goes.


I traced the old tattered dash as a template onto a 2 X 4 piece of Birch laminated plywood (1/2″) that I picked up at Lowes for 12 bucks.


I cut out the perimeter and tested the template again


Drew the circles and squares


Cut out the holes and squares (I already owned the hole saws)


Sanded the whole thing smooth


Chestnut Stain and 8 coats of polyurethane


All Done.  What do you think?

Total cost was about 15 bucks in materials and 5 evenings.

Published on March 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm  Comments (5)  

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  2. I noticed the holes for the gauges go straight through, without the smaller diameter shoulder. How did you keep the gauges from pulling through the dash?

    • Alfredo:

      The thru hole is a slip fit to the body of the gauge (or very close). There is a small counter sink on the front side of the holes for the chrome bezel to recess into. The back side of the gauges has a U bracket that clamps the gauge in-place so it will not slide out the front. Its possible to bend upon the “U” clamp a bit so it bites into the back side of the wood dash.

  3. Would you be willing to give me a copy of the template or sell it to me? It should like a great wood working project.

    • Mike: Sorry for the late response. The template that I made was constructed by tracing the old instrument panel (with some tweaks). I do not have the template any more…sorry

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