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Project by DickB posted 05-06-2014 02:49 PM 2689 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these accent panels for my Donzi Classic 18, a fiberglass performance boat.

I started by replacing the original dash panel, which was painted metal. The gauges particularly on the left could be a little hard to read, so I angled the mounts for them towards the driver as part of the dash design. This dash was my first CNC project.

The smaller panel to the right was added later, as part of an update to the switchgear on that side.

The side panels replaced upholstered stock ones. The speaker grills incorporate one of the early Donzi logos. The lion and dolphin on the left side panel is also a Donzi logo.

The steering wheel was purchased but I added the center cap logo.

All parts were from African mahogany. The dash was made from 1-1/2” stock. Finish is several coats of Helmsan Spar polyurethane.

-- Dick, http://www.carveshop.com





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 05-06-2014 02:54 PM

Beautiful work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 05-06-2014 03:34 PM

That is mighty pretty! Great design, clean and expensive looking.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 05-06-2014 04:47 PM

Looks good. Can you also do my rabbit? :)

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#4 posted 05-06-2014 05:57 PM

So cool! I think the propeller speaker accents are my favorite. Nice work!

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#5 posted 05-06-2014 06:27 PM

That’s beautiful stuff. Very nice indeed!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 05-06-2014 09:42 PM

Certainly eye catching work.

Ever considered a part time coach worker job at Bentley or RR when you are not out in your lovely boat?

-- Regards Robert

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DoubleJ

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#7 posted 05-07-2014 12:01 AM

Wow I’m drooling that’s really nice looking

-- JJ, Ohio

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#8 posted 05-07-2014 12:39 AM

Man that’s some beautiful work! It’ll be fun on the river this upcoming Memorial Day weekend!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 01:32 AM

Definitely an upgrade – nice work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 05-07-2014 03:24 AM

Beautiful Work Dick!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#11 posted 05-07-2014 08:07 AM

Great work, Love all the details…. Very sweet!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 05-07-2014 01:23 PM

Intriguing choice of wood for Marine application. Looks fantastic… Love those Donzi Classics… I bet the material itself for this project laid you back a pretty penny… But boy the results sure speak for themselves…

Any idea what this does to the value of the boat?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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DickB

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#13 posted 05-07-2014 02:44 PM

Mahogany of course was used by Chris-Craft and many other boat builders in the day, and I wanted to bring some of that traditional flavor to my boat. The Donzi Classic design originated in the 60s and is a very classic shape – it often draws comments.

The 1-1/2” stock for the dash was about $60 as I recall. I had a minor machine malfunction 75% into the project and ruined the first piece, so I had to buy and machine a second one! That hurt.

As far as value, for boats especially like this one it is largely in the eye of the beholder. Most owners customizing boats like this are more into anodized billet aluminum than mahogany. No matter; I’ve no plans to sell the boat any time soon.

-- Dick, http://www.carveshop.com

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#14 posted 05-07-2014 03:22 PM

Great finishing details—reminds me of the “good ole’ days” when this type of customized work was seen much more often than today’s chrome and flash.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 05-11-2014 05:22 PM

WOW!Looks great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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