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Though the guts of your project may be patentably new, the problem of putting a box around it is probably not. Shown here, a trio of high voltage control panels, of solid slate, from the switchboard of the Sault Ste. Marie canal power house, manufactured 1895. Slate is an insulator, and naturally forms big flat sheets perfect for control panels.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

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