“Drug bin” cover

Yet another method to create the “drug bin” cover. I looked at fmzip’s thread and didn’t feel like using a Kingsford charcoal bin as the basis of my cover.

The only thing I had to buy was the acrylic sheet at Home Depot for $7 with tax.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Acrylic Sheet (I got the Optix 18″x24″ a lot bigger than you need but in case you screw up, you have the other half to work with)
  2. Jigsaw with plastic cutting bit (wood or metal works fine but the cuts are going to be rougher)
  3. Dremel with sanding and grinding bit
  4. Your choice of paint
  5. Cardboard
  6. Shears
  7. Clips

I noticed that everyones “drug bin” has a wide range of connectors/switches in them. Mine had the battery terminal facing towards the engine and the alarm switch inside the bin. So I only needed a hole for the pin to come out.

Ok so here’s what I did:

Get a piece of cardboard and stencil out the general outline of the bin.

Then shape and form the piece until it fits in the bay perfectly. It took me two tries.

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Clip the cardboard template to the acrylic sheet.

Using the jigsaw, cut the shape out

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So this is where your setup may vary. Cut out your holes accordingly and then do a test fit.

Using the dremel, do some fine fitting by sanding/grinding the edges

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Again, you may decide to paint this however you like. The nice thing about this acrylic sheet is that you can do really neat designs or have a little see through.

What I did was hit the cover with two coats of primer. I chose primer because it was able to cover up some of the imperfections on the sheet. I’m probably going to hit it with a final coat of matte black but this will do until then.

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Write up by: Kmoy2002

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