Console Viewed from Above
And from around the other side...
The actual control panels are made in two groups of
Two 4x8 plywood sheets were cut into the shape above
to form the bases.
Pairs of triangles were cut for verticals to support
the actual control panels.
Horizontal 2x4s were cut to fit between the
verticals with angled cuts at the ends. The ones at the front are about ½ inch
taller than the front of the verticals to hide the edges of the control panels.
I clad these with aluminium sheeting, which I cut with tin snips and folded
between planks of wood held in a workbench. The folds end up a bit rounded, but
look OK. This quite hard to do and the result is not actually that good. If I
did this again, I might sand them very smooth then use primer and chrome paint,
though I can imagine the finish might not be very tough.
Three trapezoidal enclosures were thus made for each
of the bases. The 2x4s were screwed to the base from underneath. The verticals
were screwed to each other and the verticals on the outsides of the two halves
are bolted together for easy disassembly. The two halves just sit on the plinth
– they’re not held down, and their centre of gravity is such that they’ll
stay in place (unless you sit on them!) even without being bolted together. The
two halves are bolted together for stability.
The tops of the control panels themselves are
plywood sheets with MDF bathroom board/Formica sheets sitting on them. This stuff is
sometimes known as bathroom panel as it is a smooth shiny white and waterproof.
You might also find it as “white hard board”. The surface is 1/8 inch thick
and quite suitable for mounting switches and lamp bases in – an important
consideration for the instrumentation.