[sdiy] Front Panels for DIY.. using a arbor press for holes

David G. Dixon dixon at interchange.ubc.ca
Tue Oct 5 18:22:51 CEST 2010

> I bought this arbor press in Canada at Busybee Tools:
> http://www.busybeetools.com/products/ARBOR-PRESS-2-TON.html


> 5/8" for Alpha pots,

I think you meant 5/16"

> And yes this is so much more clean and precise than drilled holes..
> I'm working with 1/16" thick aluminium here
> so drilling is not a good idea...

Yes, punching thin material is easy.  I do it for my stooge brackets, which
are 1/32" stainless.  However, how would this work for 0.1" to 0.125"
aluminum?  I find that drilling this thicker material is very easy, as long
as I centre punch carefully and use a 1/8" drill to start each hole, and as
long as I set the speed on my drill press to its minimum setting.

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