Step 9: Cutting the front panel

Picture of Cutting the front panel
Now that you have at least a few minutes of experience cutting lexan, you can attempt to make the front panel. The first thing to do is make a template to figure out where you make the holes for your drive bays. I did this using foam board to use as a stand-in, but oak tag or cardboard would work just as well. First, cut it to the proper dimensions, 8" by 22" high. One at a time, trace where the front of your optical drives and floppy drive ended up. After removing the protective plastic from the lexan you should be able to see through to the template and trace the drive locations, although a ruler and t-square also help. Here you can also mark holes for led's, switches, or anything else you want in the front panel.