[sdiy] Making neat holes in laminated front panel overlays.

Dave Kendall davekendall at ntlworld.com
Mon Feb 18 21:58:59 CET 2013

Hi Guys.

As I'm a cheapskate, I'll be using laminated laser-printed thick paper 
overlays glued onto prepared aluminium front panels for the modular. 
The panels will have all holes drilled before the front panels go on.
Does anyone know of a hole punch, or similar tool, with different sized 
punches that would be suitable for making neat holes relatively 
There will be *lots* of holes to make for pots, switches and sockets, 
and doing it with a Stanley knife or X-acto type knife is possible, but 
from experience, there is a risk of ragged edges if not done very 
carefully and slowly.

I once had a hand-held leather punch with exchangeable bits, but from 
memory it was relatively crude.

Sorry for all the questions - I'm finally getting around to trying to 
turn a pile of miscellaneous PCBs, modules and perfboard lash-ups into 
an *actual synth*...  :-)
Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome.


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