Until I figure out what I want the camera enclosure to look like, I have decided to find boxes around my house and build one myself. I've had this Gundlach Bundschu wine box since my first wine tasting day way back when, about 15 years ago. Up until this morning, it held corks, all of the ones I'd saved over the years. Those got moved into a lovely paper bag and construction began.
The new PC laptop fit perfectly inside, I just needed to cut a hole in the side of the box so the screen was showing. Easy enough...?
I watched a few videos on jigsaws, found one in the garage and found a test board. Welllllllllllll......jigsaws do a jig when you use them. Not kidding. They make the board jump all over and it's just not as easy as I thought it would be. I watched a video on doing a punch cut with the circular saw so I thought I'd try that instead. I did a couple test cuts and then attacked the box.
The test cuts were better. Punch cuts are hard and the box is small and the circular saw is loud - but I did make a hole. It is the ugliest hole anyone has ever seen, but the screen shows and I did it. I sanded & stained the box, restained my overcuts and really bad cuts, hoping they'd disappear. They kinda didn't.
Ugly, right? Well, it is what it is. I'm considering finding a picture frame to use as moulding around the opening so at least it's straight and finished. Once I get everything put together, maybe I won't care as much...? I will. I know I will. But I will say, I'm proud that I did it myself and every time I look at those terrible cuts, I'll know I made them. That's kinda cool.