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What do you use to drill button holes?
September 7, 2017
12:06 am
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Hello

Getting ready to spend a weekend indoors here in Florida, I ordered a arcade button set. Buttons are 30mm and 24mm… Why do you use to drill holes?

Thank you

Jim

September 7, 2017
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September 7, 2017
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A forstner bit  is best for drilling acrylic. Use low rpm regardless (250 rpm) with a non-staining lubricant like a baking soda/ water solution. Also easier to obtain in mm sizes. practice on scrap and you should see  a clean cut on the side of the hole. Take care if you're on the East coast, I'm in the Panhandle and we may dodge Irma. Good luck with all,

Jim

September 7, 2017
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stay safe jim! i too am in irmas path, in SE coastal ga. its already a shit show on the roads/stores/gas pumps etc.

as for the holes, a fostner bit is ideal, but if you dont have one or dont want to spend the money for them, paddle bits will suffice (i used paddles on my build) i got an entire set of them from walmart for super cheap (sub $20)

pro tip, if using paddles, once the point makes it through your board, BEFORE the outer spurs do, flip the board over, drill from the other side to prevent blowout.

September 13, 2017
4:41 pm
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Fostner bit as stated, but best results would be in a pillar drill.  Pretty cheap now a days…

September 14, 2017
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jim and jim, you guys fare the storm ok?

 

October 8, 2017
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I used the right sized paddle bit for the wood holes as what was needed for the buttons, so yes I had to order the bits from on line.  To make clean holes, clamp the CP down to another board beneath it and this will prevent blowouts in the wood.  Once you have those cut, I laid the acrylic piece on top of the CP and clamped that down good too.  Then with a 1/2" paddle bit I drilled a hole in the center of the acrylic where each hole was.  The trick is to use light pressure on the drill and just let the dril do its job and make sure the paddle bit is new and sharp.  Then I moved on to my router using a 1/4" flush bit with a bearing at the bottom and routed out all holes using the highest rpm setting on the router, I think it was 23000 rpm.  The holes came out perfect.  I also use the same bit to trim the acrylic around the CP.

October 9, 2017
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Alas I remember the first time I drilled holes out on a metal CP… As seen in my tale of Woe on my beautiful Sega MegaTech project

https://www.arcadepunks.com/se…..n-phase-1/

October 26, 2017
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Thanks for all the advise.. Irma knocked a few trees down and no power sucked, but all good now!

November 5, 2017
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Quote from jkeenam on October 26, 2017, 3:25 am

Thanks for all the advise.. Irma knocked a few trees down and no power sucked, but all good now!

Good to hear ?

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