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Making and Using a Template for an Electrical Control Panel

Templates can be really useful if you are building the same thing over and over again, whether it’s a panel, an enclosure door, etc.

Here are some advantages of using a template:

1. Uniformity
2. Ease in replication
3. Saves time (after the initial time investment in making the template)
4. Other

How are templates for electrical panels made?

First, you need the right material for the template. If you’re just making two or three of the same panel, you might be able to get away with just using cardboard, but if it’s more than that, you’ll want to use a material more durable like Lexan.

This is a template for an electrical control panel made out of cardboard. It's temporary. This is a template for a control enclosure door. It's made out of Lexan.

Once you have the material, you should cut it to either the size of the panel, door, etc, or cut it in a way that you can use it consistently. This could be done by anchoring it to mounting holes, pushing it up against latches, and I’m sure various other ways.

The important thing is that it’s done so that you can consistently reproduce the process and the product.

To make the template, you’ll first have to lay out the panel how it will be made, and drill pilot holes for where things will be mounted. I suggest using a small drill bit so your template is more accurate. (Larger pilot holes can result in your markings varying)

When the pilot holes are made, attach the template material to the panel and mark through the holes onto the template.

When you’ve made your marks, drill them with the same small bit you used previously.

Then, lay it over the panel again to make sure the holes line up. If they do, you’ve got your template!

Using the Template

Securely attach the template to the panel so it can’t shift around.

Mark through the holes onto the panel.

Drill the holes, mount your components, and wire away!

These doors were made using a template. That's why they look exactly the same.

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