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.