2022-01-02 (Su) EWC_Panel Instrument panel faceplate cutting and drill

I was ready to make the first instrument faceplate. I traced my Big Hero 6 lunch box cross-section on a piece of paper and arranged the OLED screen, slider pot, and 4x4 button array. I had to remove the potentiometer so I could mark the hole positions. I drew rectangles in the areas I had to remove to pass components and electrical connections. The buttons don't need any mounting hardware since the back is adhesive, but I need to route the ribbon cable inside.

I cut a hardboard slab with a jigsaw and slowly trimmed down the edges until it fit in my lunchbox. I taped the paper to the face and marked my hole locations through the template with a scratch awl. I drilled out the holes with imperial bits, even though they were meant for M2 and M3 bolts since this will give them a bit of wiggle room. I cornered the removable spaces with a 1/4" bit and used the jigsaw to cut out the rest. Lastly, I used a spiral saw bit in a Dremel to clean up the edges.
Faceplate, drilled and cut

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