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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2000, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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wood dash-bad idea?

I need to replace my dash and I am trying to come up with some ideas which are unique and not astronomically expensive. One idea was using some kind of hardwood like walnut and making the dash out of that. Should be easy to work with. I was thinking I would probably back at least part of it with sheetmetal. Anyone tried this or see any obvious problems.

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Re: wood dash-bad idea?

well....wood can warp with heat and moisture ?

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Re: wood dash-bad idea?

Is this in a CJ... I dont think it would be a great idea

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Re: wood dash-bad idea?

it just wont last. it will also fade and look like poo..and thats before it really gives you trouble.. most of the elctrical system inside the jee is gro8unded to the dash...

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Re: wood dash-bad idea?

If you used the old metal, or a new sheet with cutouts for the electrical and just made a wood overlay with circular sinks in for the gauges and around steering wheel, it could look cool. But you would definitely need the metal behind it.

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Re: wood dash-bad idea?

I figured if I got a good, well dried piece of wood then stained and varnished it well it would hold up to the elements. It would probably have to be real thick to stand up to the rigors of driving and I don't want it to look like I nailed a couple of 2x4's to the dash of my jeep. The grounding problem could maybe bypassed but that is a good point. I like the idea of possible using the original dash as a backing. I will have to give it some thought...

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I did the wood dash thing once. It looked good for about two years, but I had my top off about half that time.
What I used was mahogany veneer about 1/16" thick, I coated both sides with 3 coats polyuathane to protect the wood, then overlayed it onto the dash. The guages and mounting bolts held it in place. I didn't have any problems with grounding anything because I still had the original dash behind the wood.
I think that if you keep it out of the rain and sun as much as possible it will last a lot longer than mine did.
Use wood that will not rot or turn color with moisture like oak.

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What about termites???

hahahah, seriously, though, i think a wood dash would be too at home in a CJ....maybe in a 2001 Grand cherokee with the color moving map gps......but NOT a trailblazer.....

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Re: wood dash-bad idea?

Teak? Holds up to moisture. Better boat yards have it. might be pricey. Very low maintenance, a little teak oil every now and then. Oak. Shouldn't warp much but will need finishing w/ either polyurethane or a oil finish. ???

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Re: wood dash-bad idea?

One idea that I've had is to use plastic laminate, the stuff they make kitchen counter tops out of. It comes in dozens of patterns and it's pretty cheap. Just cut the gauge holes and glue it to your factory metal dash. Should hold up to the elements as well.


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