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Old November 23, 2010, 08:26 AM
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Thats awesome BrainEater!

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Old November 25, 2010, 05:22 PM
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Drill bits for cutting Plastics
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Metal drill bits will not work for acrylic or plastic, they're made to bite into the metal as they are pushed into it. If they are used on acrylics they will chip and cause other damage to the plastic. When drilling holes for screws, you must make the hole larger than the screw itself to allow for expansion and contraction of the material. If not you will cause stress cracks at the hole and they will spread!





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Old November 27, 2010, 10:30 AM
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for bulgin and lamptron brand computer switches, you need a 3/4" Hole saw attachment







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Old November 27, 2010, 10:38 AM
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Will I have problems cutting acrylic w/ a stepped drill bit that I normally use w/ aluminum?
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Old November 27, 2010, 10:59 AM
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Not sure if such a thing exists, but what I'm looking for is a manual cutting tool for light metal (aluminum) and/or lexan/acrylic. The image in my mind would look something like a glass scoring tool that I can use with a straight edge (like a steel ruler) to make a fairly clean cut. I'm thinking something along the same lines as the aluminum deburring tools.

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Old November 29, 2010, 05:02 PM
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@lowfat, I personally don't use "step" bits, but I understand that "some" types will work with plastic. I would test it first, even go as far as several times to be 100% sure it won;t crack the acrylic! Practice on a scrap piece of the same material and thickness.

@sswilson,

Acrylic / Lexan, you use a Scribing Tool

Aluminum, you can use

1. Tin Snip or Sheet Metal Shear, but this may slightly bend or warp it, but fixed with a Rubber Mallet!
2. Nibbler
3. Hack saw, Coping Saw or Jeweler's Saw

Just a tip! C-clamp the sheet to edge of a table or workbench first. Cut outside the line... Then place the sheet in a bench vise for hand filing to get the perfect cut... And, apply some masking tape over your cut line, it can help you monitor your progression as you file.

Straight lines, cut by hand are very difficult. Von Dutch was famous for his precision hand pinstriping and metal crafting/engraving, but you can still tell up close, it was all done by hand.
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Old November 29, 2010, 05:16 PM
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what is the exact name of that magical low adhesive tape, cant find it here is canada.
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Old November 29, 2010, 05:53 PM
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YouTube - Case Mod Basics: Case Window Install, www.mnpctech.com
look@9:52 mins it's scotch brand clear tape # 4010 made by 3m great stuff it's at homedepot
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Old November 29, 2010, 06:01 PM
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cool thanks a lot. I tried home depot, rona and reno depot website. no dice.
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ya i had to get a guy at homedepot get it for me they had it. but easily found. good luck
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