By removing the coin tray you will be able to completely lift the center wood. Be sure to slide the whole assembly forward about 10mm before trying to lift as there are two "L" shaped legs that hold the panel down tight.
Should you find the front lip broken (where the coin tray fits in), follow the directions in this post
. An easy repair if all the pieces are present.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.