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David Ashton
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Re: Favorite hole-making tools
David Ashton   7/6/2014 7:13:51 AM
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@Tom-ii....yes, but they make such untidy holes.... :-)

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Re: 256 Holes
Davy.Baker   7/6/2014 3:09:46 AM
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Day pass at TechShop with laser and/or ShopBot.

David Ashton
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Re: Hands on approaches
David Ashton   7/4/2014 6:51:27 PM
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@ca94002...thanks for that.....I could easily have expanded this to two articles with all the other tools that commenters have given.  I have a leather punch and a hand reamer as you describe, so I should not have forgotten about them.  But then again, if I had covered everything I probably would not have got all these comments!

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Re: Do it yourself pad cutter
betajet   7/4/2014 5:13:00 PM
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Aubrey wrote: The guy calls it a trepanner.

Good name -- it's akin to the tools used for trepanning, the technique of drilling a hole in people's skulls for treating various conditions.  Trepanning goes back to the Neolithic Era.

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Do it yourself pad cutter
antedeluvian   7/4/2014 4:12:45 PM
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Found this whilst searching for pad cutters. The guy calls it a trepanner.

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Re: Rotary Tools
antedeluvian   7/4/2014 4:01:39 PM
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lakehermit

Mine are called pad cutters and are made by a company called Vector.

Here is the link

Find them at Mouser or Digikey

 

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lakehermit   7/4/2014 2:58:56 PM
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RE the drill bit in a tube, I have a few of these in different sizes. Mine are called pad cutters and are made by a company called Vector. These leave a center hole into which a press fit pin can be installed, the pin having a vertical slot into which leads and wires can be soldered. These are quite inexpensive when you consider the speed at which a breadboard can be constructed to build that one of a kind circuit for some project.

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Hands on approaches
ca94002   7/4/2014 2:37:07 PM
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Great article - a reminder to the many approaches to making a "Hole in One" or more...

I have four, albeit less elegant, tools for making holes which are useful for some applications.1. LaboratoryHole Drill- originally used to put hole in lab stoppers - they come in a set stacked inside each other like Russian Dolls. For holes in soft materials like palstic - they work great. OK for the one up, low volume projects
2. The Leather Punch - mine has 5 or 6 dies for different size holes -originally belts etc but again thin sheets of rubber or plastic -works great...
3. Whitney Punches - a kit of various punches -  hand punch -quick and easy way to punch even through aluminum sheets...sort of a hand Greenlee
4. Tried and true - the Hand Reamer -for those slight adjustments to the - opps too small hole



All do not require charging before use or power cord!

 

 

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Favorite hole-making tools
tom-ii   7/4/2014 9:21:01 AM
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David Ashton
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Re: Rotary Tools
David Ashton   7/4/2014 5:01:03 AM
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@Sheetal - yes doing stuff yourself saves money and (as my father used to say) "If you want a job done well, do it yourself!"

But it pays to have the right tool for the job, it saves a lot of time  (and swearing) and in extreme cases you can't get the job done without it.

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