I think it looks better than just a slot - and indescribably better than a bolt-on aftermarket handle.
Functionality with style.
Once there's an amp in there and it's closed up, it'll just be a shadow in the pattern.
I had a couple of unhappy bits on two of the diagonals and trimming for piping eliminated both - happy! Another unsung hero in my shop is a 'shooting' board used to straighten edges.
I cut and milled with width the maple piping which I typically attach with screws. In this instance it will make it easier to keep the piping white this way. I thought about red piping or blue piping but realized that white is the only one that borders both - so white it is!
Face plate posed tor glamour shot. I plan to use small steel brackets and neodymium magnets to hold it to the chassis.
I originally planned to trim the piping where it intersects the flag stripes but after looking at it I like the demarcation it presents.