The idea of making an enclosure without anything to enclose felt a little uninspiring, so I needed some context to work with. I did come up with an idea (more on that later), though the parts arrived a little late... 3 buttons, a slider, a toggle switch, and a knob for a potentiometer.
All of the parts were panel mount, except for the slider. I learnt that it was designed to be soldered directly onto a PCB. It does have holes on the top for screws, but I think they're not intended to go all the way through – one of the holes corresponds with ground on the other side. I decided to try making a cradle of sorts for the slider, so it didn't jut out too much on the front of the control panel. I measured out everything with calipers and made an illustrator file for the control panel, and found some cardboard to test things out with
I wasn't planning on using the sparkfun box as an enclosure, but it almost fits – good enough for now. The control panel is mostly a test piece - I want to add some descriptions/indications for the switch, slider and knob. And perhaps an LED status indicator. A laser-cut layered approach would probably work best – sorting out the slider problem and the LED could be a few layers down, lighting up some useful text..