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Old 23rd April 2003, 04:15 AM   #11
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That looks really good, but it's more hardware than I have. Is there any way to do this with hand tools? I guess not...
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Old 23rd April 2003, 04:25 AM   #12
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I have not done it.. but others simply etch the circle with a compass type device and drill very small holes (nearly touching) along the inside of the circle. Then, remove the inner piece and use a file to smooth the drilled holes down to the etched circle. Hope this makes since...

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Old 23rd April 2003, 04:27 AM   #13
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Oops ...

I forgot to mention in above post... "using simple hand drill"


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Old 23rd April 2003, 07:17 AM   #14
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OK, that sounds like a more doable idea. Why didn't I think of that? It's pretty obvious More time consuming for sure, but that's not a concern for me.

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Old 23rd April 2003, 11:31 AM   #15
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Have you guys tried these? We got these from Farnell.com

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From 8 mm to 3.8 cm (3 mm steps) hole, up to 3 mm thick aluminum or steel
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Old 23rd April 2003, 02:27 PM   #16
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You can get the big Unibits from EBay sellers, new, for $20 or less. If you're only working with 9 pin tubes, the smaller Unitbit does up to 7/8 inch, which is fine for 9 pin sockets. It can be had for $10.

You can't use them on the couch, but they make better holes than a punch, and give you a range from 1/8 to 1 1/8 inches in 1/8 inch increments, for $20. Just put a little cutting oil (or even bacon grease) on the work, and run the drill at low speed.

I wouldn't try to use the big Unibit without a drill press. But, a $50 variable-speed belt drive import job from EBay will do the work just fine -- I've made at least six chassis with mine, in aluminum, copper, and steel -- and is useful for a bunch of other jobs too.
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Old 23rd April 2003, 04:39 PM   #17
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Well, I'm living in an apartment now with no garage, so I think a drill press is out. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to carry out my plans to build an amp.
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Old 23rd April 2003, 05:33 PM   #18
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Old 23rd April 2003, 08:54 PM   #19
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Hole drill bits (aka hole saws) will work with hand drills just fine, just not as steady/accurate as with a drill press, but that goes for all drill bits used with a hand drill.
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