Good looking console! I hope to have mine designed and completed in a few months, so I'll post pictures then. Couple of questions if you don't mind.
First, was the actuator designed to mount on a pivot, and did that hardware come with it, or did you have to improvise? I've looked for actuators before at suppliers like McMaster-Carr, but never really had that question answered.
Secondly, do most actuators come with adjustable limit switches, or do you have to design the geometry of the hinged part to accomodate whatever the throw is?
Finally, what is a reasonable throw rate and load rating for this kind of application. i.e. How fast is yours and is it just right, or too fast/slow?