"Cut a clean hole" that is exactly the kind of expert advice I needed. I was thinking one wrong cut and I have to throw it away. Thinking more like a pro, make a clean cut and you can repair your mistake is EXACTLY what I needed, thanks Dan.
I woke up this morning early thinking about this (don't you just love that) and I remembered about how large the console is and how the shifter is a foot or more from the front of it, so I can make one heck of a screw up and still will be fine. I'll be out there tonight starting my project.