MAJOR THANKS to everyone who has responded thus far! I appreciate everyone's input. I've considered using a drill and nibbler, other types of connectors, etc. Everyone's advice is taken into consideration. I'm going to check out some of those websites and machine shops mentioned. I wouldn't have known they existed without your responses. Thanks! In the future, when I get this project completed, I'll surely post photos of the results, whichever course of action I take.
If there are any other suggestions out there...keep 'em coming! 7 3 and THANKS to all!