Click on the picture below, save the
to your computer then print your file.
The above picture is all the template you
need to make a single, double, triple or quad switch bay. If all you need
is a single switch for now use the centermost blue dot. Need two switches
on your bay cover? Use the two outside edge blue dots. For three
switches use all three blue dots and if you need four switches (which you know
you will) use the four red dots.
We didn't have the template when we made our
switch bays, we just traced the bay cover and folded the paper so that the
crossed fold lines showed where to drill the holes. The template was made
to save the trouble of having to try and explain how to fold the paper to get
the spots for the holes. Plus if you want or need more than one switch bay
for your case they will always come out the same by using the template.
Tape the template to your bay cover and have a beer.
Put on your safety glasses. Use the 1/8"
or smaller drill bit to make pilot holes in the floppy bay cover at the template
Now that the pilot holes are drilled the
template can be removed. Attach the 3/4" hole saw to the drill and
make the holes for the rocker switches.
Use the rotary tool with a grinding bit to
remove any burrs and rough edges, be careful not to let it dance across the
front of the face plate while doing it. I recommended that you do this
part from the inside of the bay, but be careful as the grinding stone can still
jump out and damage the front of the cover. If you want to be extra
careful you can use a rounded metal file instead of a dremel and file the edges
from the inside of the bay cover, it's a little more time consuming but a lot
Insert the rocker switches into the holes, if
it is too tight for them to fit go back to the rotary tool or file and make the hole a
little larger around. You can also cut the tabs off the sides of the
rocker switch to make it fit easier.
Install the switch bay into the case and hook
up all the lights or fans, have a beer and revel in your mad modding skills.
For something that is so easy to make it looks
damn good. We have seen this same thing for sale at a mod store for $10 but they
only have 2 switches, which makes our switch bays better.
- Guide written by ARTbyTROY