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2021/06/14 10:13:17 (permalink)
I wanted to punch a few holes in case MB tray to run a ATX, PCI-e cables and so on behind the tray. I know I can drill/hole saw and cut holes with a cut off disc but I wanted something that would leave a cleaner look. I was thinking something like a knockout kit but I wanted to make a thinner oval hole for the ATX cable and I don't know of any knockout kit wiht a oval die.
Does anyone here have any other ideas?  
post edited by austin86 - 2021/06/14 11:34:34
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/14 10:38:13 (permalink)
Moving to Mods Rigs.
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/14 10:52:19 (permalink)
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I wanted to punch a few holes in case MB tray to run a ATX, PCI-e cables and so on behind the tray. I know I can drill/hole saw and cut holes with a cut off disc but I wanted something cleaner. I was thinking something like a knockout kit but I wanted to make a thinner oval hole for the ATX cable.
Does anyone here have any other ideas?  




I'd be worried about flakes of metal. So, I would use a dremel with a clear plastic bag around it and the hole area - either this or a vacuum cleaner running at drill time.
 
There are tips with various shapes that would work to cut an oval hole. The high speed of the dremel and small bits are much cleaner, easier to control, and cover from spraying metal bits everywhere. Good luck!
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/14 11:33:47 (permalink)
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I wanted to punch a few holes in case MB tray to run a ATX, PCI-e cables and so on behind the tray. I know I can drill/hole saw and cut holes with a cut off disc but I wanted something that would leave a cleaner look. I was thinking something like a knockout kit but I wanted to make a thinner oval hole for the ATX cable and I don't know of any knockout kit wiht a oval die.
Does anyone here have any other ideas? 
 




I'd be worried about flakes of metal. So, I would use a dremel with a clear plastic bag around it and the hole area - either this or a vacuum cleaner running at drill time.
 
There are tips with various shapes that would work to cut an oval hole. The high speed of the dremel and small bits are much cleaner, easier to control, and cover from spraying metal bits everywhere. Good luck!


umm, You state you'd be worried about metal flakes but also state to use a dremel witch is both crude and messy. TBH I could not care less about flakes. I'm not cutting or drilling holes with a dremel, the case I'll be doing this too is far to nice to go and cut holes in in such a crude way. I was hoping someone knew a tool like a knockout punch but with a oval shape die.
post edited by austin86 - 2021/06/14 17:23:52
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/14 13:06:34 (permalink)
you might want to blow the whole case out after just to make sure no metal shavings left over.

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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/14 17:21:35 (permalink)
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you might want to blow the whole case out after just to make sure no metal shavings left over.



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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/15 00:46:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/17 11:10:53
Look for Hydraulic Knockout Hole Puncher on amazon. Haven't tried one myself but should be among the cleanest you're gonna get with non-industrial tools. As for the oval shape you should be able to do that yourself with two different circle sizes and a little grinding.
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/15 05:38:35 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/17 11:10:49
 
Meh. Just take it to a local engineer/metal workshop and they'll probably do it for you for $40 or so. They may well have a nice rubber grommet to put on it too.
 
 

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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/17 07:08:54 (permalink)
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Look for Hydraulic Knockout Hole Puncher on amazon. Haven't tried one myself but should be among the cleanest you're gonna get with non-industrial tools. As for the oval shape you should be able to do that yourself with two different circle sizes and a little grinding.


I was thinking of doing just that> Its likely my best bet, but I was hoping someone new of a tool like tat with a oval hole.
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/17 10:37:00 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/17 11:10:47
Besides a coping saw or a rotozip with a template I'm not sure what else could do a oval.

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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/17 11:11:54 (permalink)
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Besides a coping saw or a rotozip with a template I'm not sure what else could do a oval.

I did not thing about a router with a template, the case is aluminum so a aluminum blade with steel template might be a winner.
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/17 21:32:13 (permalink)
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Besides a coping saw or a rotozip with a template I'm not sure what else could do a oval.

I did not thing about a router with a template, the case is aluminum so a aluminum blade with steel template might be a winner.


Yeah, that would work too or even the router attachment and proper bit for a Dremel could do it too, although you would have to use the big boy 4200/4300 units. The dremels even have a flex shaft attachment so you can use it like a pen, which is friggin great for all kinds of detail work. Its def not a hard task and aluminum is pretty soft so this shouldnt be too bad a task. Def blow the bits out a couple times and even hit the case with a water hose to get the dust out, then hit it with air after it drys again. Whatever you do, DONT wipe the bits out with your hand or it will scratch the hell outta it! Believe me, the compulsion to do it will be there.

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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/06/23 08:42:42 (permalink)
Google "Bur removal tool". You can use one of those to remove the jagged leftovers from drilling/sawing.
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Re: Tool to punch hole in case MB tray. 2021/07/12 20:47:56 (permalink)
Drilling cases is like nails on a chalk board to me. 
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