Took some time to work with the main apron today. Decided to give making one myself a try.
Here is the starting point. The original and a piece of sheet metal.
Measured and traced out the pattern.
Cut out the pattern.
The tricky part -- creating the slots and recessed areas for the instruction cards. I drilled several holes then filed the rectangular openings for the card corners. To create the recess I used a wood chisel to make a pattern in some scrap wood. Using another block of wood I hammered the card area into the wood form to create the recess.
View of the underside.
And the topside. It is far from perfect or a factory original, but I am happy with it considering the tools I had to work with.
Before shutting down for the night a coat of primer was applied and the instruction cards were test fitted.
Looking forward to what it will look like once painted.