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You guys were right about the regular drill bit for pas throughs lol. I ordered a 13/16" drill bit instead of a step but, and it works, but kind of a pain... But then again I didn't have anything securing the piece except my hand lol. I imaging it will be easier when I drill the hole in the case were its sturdy.



Umm... Be careful. Maybe learn from my experience of this. I was using hand tools, but I did have the advantage of a workbench vice. See post number 45 in my build log here:

Build log / drilling 24mm holes into aluminium case.
post #15842 of 22188
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You guys were right about the regular drill bit for pas throughs lol. I ordered a 13/16" drill bit instead of a step but, and it works, but kind of a pain... But then again I didn't have anything securing the piece except my hand lol. I imaging it will be easier when I drill the hole in the case were its sturdy.



Not a good idea to drill the case panels while in the case, you end up with metal filings in the case. This can be a bad idea as they could end up on your electronic components and short things out. If you need to use a hand held drill, best practice is to clamp the panel to a piece of wood to support the area being drilled and give you more to hold on to.
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Also try using a center punch and start with a small drill bit if you don't want the drill walking around on the panel


MegaMan that's such a great picture - AND GOOD LOOKING STUNT BABY!
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MegaMan that's such a great picture - AND GOOD LOOKING STUNT BABY!

Yup, fun photo MegaMan. Made in America! They got that right!
post #15845 of 22188
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Also try using a center punch and start with a small drill bit if you don't want the drill walking around on the panel


MegaMan that's such a great picture - AND GOOD LOOKING STUNT BABY!



After the small starter bit go straight to the full sized bit don't step up the bit sizes or you risk the bit grabbing in the smaller hole instead of cutting into the metal properly. This can cause the bit to jump and the hole won't be nice and smooth, at least this have been my experience - even with a drill press.
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Not a good idea to drill the case panels while in the case, you end up with metal filings in the case. This can be a bad idea as they could end up on your electronic components and short things out. If you need to use a hand held drill, best practice is to clamp the panel to a piece of wood to support the area being drilled and give you more to hold on to.

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Originally Posted by Archea47 View Post

Also try using a center punch and start with a small drill bit if you don't want the drill walking around on the panel


MegaMan that's such a great picture - AND GOOD LOOKING STUNT BABY!

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Originally Posted by WeirdHarold View Post

After the small starter bit go straight to the full sized bit don't step up the bit sizes or you risk the bit grabbing in the smaller hole instead of cutting into the metal properly. This can cause the bit to jump and the hole won't be nice and smooth, at least this have been my experience - even with a drill press.
What I did was drill a tiny hole, and then went straight to the 13/16 bit. It was a pain and all because I didn't have anything securing the piece I was cutting (which was the top cover plate). For the SMA8, I'll remove the mobo tray and the reservoirs/pumps and then start the drilling process.
    
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Ugghhh. Just managed to round out the heads of two of the 6-32 screws on the back portion of the motherboard tray. Any idea how to easily get these out. I know you can drill them, or use an extractor. But I want to avoid having metal shards flying near my motherboard. Would epoxy on the tip of a sacrificial screwdriver work? I've been staring at my new blocks far too long to let two tiny stripped screws stop my rebuild!
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But won't the small bit also kinda jump around the piece of metal?
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What I did was drill a tiny hole, and then went straight to the 13/16 bit. It was a pain and all because I didn't have anything securing the piece I was cutting (which was the top cover plate). For the SMA8, I'll remove the mobo tray and the reservoirs/pumps and then start the drilling process.

Didn't you say you lived near a Harbor Freight? If so, go NOW and buy this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/automatic-center-punch-with-brass-handle-62141.html

You'll thank me later. biggrin.gif
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Ugghhh. Just managed to round out the heads of two of the 6-32 screws on the back portion of the motherboard tray. Any idea how to easily get these out. I know you can drill them, or use an extractor. But I want to avoid having metal shards flying near my motherboard. Would epoxy on the tip of a sacrificial screwdriver work? I've been staring at my new blocks far too long to let two tiny stripped screws stop my rebuild!

Put a rubber band over the head of the screw - press down with the phillips head screw driver and turn it out...

A picture would help...
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