If you remove that center panel, show us photos of what the surfaces are between the two? What stain had soaked in there?
My #48510 was in storage from 1958 to 1973, sold on a yard sale for $150, then stored in a metal shed from 1973 until 2006-when the third owner retired and started to work on it.
Unfortunately, an animal moved into the boat sometime in that last 33-year storage period. I'm told it was a porcupine by the gapped tooth marks left as he chewed on all the bottom frames and ate most of the upholstery. He also left the hull deep in urine-soaked feces for probably decades.
I believe that the ammonia in the urine probably acted like the old Oak furniture procedure of "Ammonia Fuming" used to stain the Oak dark brown. Perhaps that is why my boat was so much darker than most oxidized varnish?
Anyway, the dashboard on this boat was nearly black with oxidation (and fuming?), all of it, so were the ceiling planks and all varnished interior parts.
Its not until you disassemble these raised panel dashboards that you see the truth of the original color. They were stained Chris-Craft #11 Red, and hidden areas still show this. Only the exposed areas that were subject to Oxidation of the varnish and Photo-degradation of the wood by UV light, darken excessively. Some have mistaken this for walnut stain.
As you can see from this freshly removed center panel, the bare areas show that the two pieces were screwed together before they were stained Red. Only the CC #11 Red stain had sucked into the edges of these pieces. This type of dashboard was not removable, it was actually a deck beam. Hidden areas of its outboard attachments also show red stain.
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on Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.