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

Dave Kendall davekendall at ntlworld.com
Tue Feb 19 20:20:36 CET 2013

Many thanks to you all for the replies.

I'll probably go with a wad punch for now, but I have to say JP's bench 
press looks rather cool :-)
Using heat, direct or via Copper tube on a soldering iron is an 
intruiging one too...

All great ideas - cheers guys!


On 18 Feb 2013, at 20:58, Dave Kendall wrote:

> 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 
> quickly?
> 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.
> cheers,
> Dave
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