I just got myself a 6' long 60s console, discussed elsewhere.
I have to tackle what is a small bit of surface damage which of course is right on top and can't be missed. I am not a furniture guy so I really don't know how to approach this repair. So to answer my own question. It appears the best solution to fix a Grundig console top is to send it to someone who knows how to do it right!
The transport company has agreed to fix the repair. It wil be sent off to some very fine furtiture makers Back in Ontario. So to facilitate that I thought it best to remove the damaged panel and only send that off for repair.
The panel was screwd and glued along two seams. I was able to remove it with a little effort and no damage to the console.
When I get it back I will post the repair pictures. Wish it luck!