View Full Version : make holes in steel/aluminium controll panel for buttons

31st August 2006, 03:53 PM
Ay suggestions on how to make clean cut holes in aluminium controll panel for buttons.
i was going to make the hole 28mm

31st August 2006, 04:15 PM
drill with circular saw bit is what i used to put the holes in my exceleena
measure round the buttons, and lose a few mm to allow for the saw width

31st August 2006, 04:27 PM
Use a bimetal hole saw. Place thick timber under panel and clamp to reduce saw moving around.

31st August 2006, 04:42 PM
and spray with kerro(kerosine)

31st August 2006, 04:55 PM
Get yourself a 30mm hole puncher

31st August 2006, 05:05 PM
sorry i used a circular hole saw like dave said :)

Virgil Tracy
31st August 2006, 05:09 PM
Get yourself a 30mm hole puncher

This would give you the best finnish

31st August 2006, 05:17 PM
I've just recently ordered through ebay a couple of hole punches, 30mm and 24mm, from recommendations on another forum. Claims were it cut through sheet metal very nicely and better then a hole drill if there is an overlay.

The panel I'm going to punch holes have those mylar overlay, so here's hoping it's effective. Together they were like $60-70 odd so not a cheap solution.


31st August 2006, 05:23 PM
i used a $20.00 hole saw in the aliminum on this cp and it worked a treat useing the kero and a slow drill

Virgil Tracy
31st August 2006, 05:25 PM
Geez there is a lot real estate between the two players on your panel.

Plenty of elbow room

31st August 2006, 05:27 PM
Geez there is a lot real estate between the two players on your panel.

Plenty of elbow room
was going to put a track ball in there never got around to it

31st August 2006, 05:39 PM
i hate to sound silly, but why did you use kero when drilling the holes thru steel?
how much did you use?
how did you apply it?

31st August 2006, 06:01 PM
only a bit just enough to keep it lubed i just used a squirty bottle keeps the cut clean and the teeth on the saw lubed and cool

31st August 2006, 06:16 PM
Dez, Bimetal 1 1/8 holesaw from mitre 10 on charters towers road, lenox brand from the US is about 18 bucks. You will need to buy an arbor as well then later a holesaw for locks and one for joysticks knobs and you will be set up as far as arcade jobs are concerned. Thats all I have needed so far though I do have a trackball project coming up.

31st August 2006, 06:44 PM
For hole making in arcades, you can use

Bi- Metal hole saws. Size to suit. Good for metals. Button holes, joystick holes, trackball holes. Timber will blunt these.

Hole saws. For cutting speaker holes and cable holes

Spade bits. For lock and switch holes in timber

Stepped Drill. Steps from 6 to 24 in 2mm steps.(there are bigger, but $$$) good for general hole making in light material (up to 5mm) as you drill as far as you need the size

31st August 2006, 07:24 PM
i have a 300 piece gmc drill kit already.great for almost everything i want to do,except put decent size holes in steel.
will have 2 save my pennies and go visit mitre 10