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Also, a better idea might be adding a deck prism, rather than cutting out ports. A deck prism will add quite a bit of light, and requires a much smaller hole be cut into the cabintop.
The acrylic panels, if you decide to go with the ports, should be exterior to the opening, so that they are supported by the cabintop, rather than being supported by the screws only. It would be far more secure that way.
Any openings you cut will weaken the cabintop to some degree. If you use a framed opening, that can reduce the amount the cabintop is weakened, much like the framing of a door in a house.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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