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mark_53

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Cutting Switch Panel
« on: March 11, 2016, 04:45:41 PM »

Has anyone had to cut their MK1 electrical panel to install new switches?  Doe it cut without chipping?
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Re: Cutting Switch Panel
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 09:40:25 PM »

Use a roto-zip (or a roto-zip bit in a Dremel works very well) or a fine-toothed sabre saw blade (eg. bi metal, 32 tpi blade.)

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Re: Cutting Switch Panel
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2016, 07:17:16 AM »


I was able to drill holes in mine.
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Re: Cutting Switch Panel
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 11:23:19 AM »

Guys : if you use Ken's saber saw suggestion to cut anything that may chip, make sure that you have a down cutting saw blade!!

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Re: Cutting Switch Panel
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2016, 01:55:51 PM »

Whatever method you use, tape both sides of the area, mark the cut on the tape, and cut through the tape.
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Re: Cutting Switch Panel
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2016, 03:37:39 PM »

Guys : if you use Ken's saber saw suggestion to cut anything that may chip, make sure that you have a down cutting saw blade!!

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I've never had laminate chip when using a ferrous metal cutting blade and going slow.  A wood blade, yes. 
Also some sabre saws (orbital cut) cut on only the up stroke -- they move the blade aft (away from the cut) on the down stroke.

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