I was inspired by OldSkoolFool's excellent idea to make gauge pods out of Thermos lids:
But I wanted a nice shiny gauge cup with a flat bottom, the Thermos lids had a round bottom and satin finish. I went looking for something a little different. First I found some camping mugs at Dickhead's Sporting Goods, they were OK but the diameter was a little tight, they had handles and they were $12.99 each.
I was driving by Ikea and decided to see what they had, with black plastic gauge cups in hand, I searched all over the massive kitchen department but found nothing, nothing in lighting either. I searched the bathroom department and was getting frustrated. But there on the last display was a stainless steel canister for $12.99. Perfect diameter! I reached down to get a box and bonus, it was two for $12.99.
So here is what I bought, it is called Savern. Note how the stock cups fit in the canisters.
I decided I would cut these down and use them as covers for the stock cups. That way, the stainless would butt up against the lip on the stock cups to give a nice finished edge. I measured the depth and used a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel to whack about an inch off. I clamped the Dremel in a vice and set up a fence so I could just turn the canisters to get consistent depth. Then I drilled the holes and cut the various slots. I would caution that the face surface is easy to scratch as can be seen in my finished pics, I should have put a soft cloth down while making the depth cut.
I'm pleased with the results and how they look with my D9 panel and Norman Hyde ACE bars.
Oh and the lids from the canisters, great little trays for holding parts.