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Old 12-01-2018, 11:39 AM   #1
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Cutting holes in panelling

I will shortly be looking at a project that will require cutting holes in the panelling of our trailer.

I haven’t previously done this and wanted to benefit from other forum members experiences on how they cut into the panels, what tools they used, any short cuts or tips and tricks and so. This is before I make the first cut, which is the deepest, as after that there’s no going back. What will make it more difficult is that I need to cut out circles as well, not a straight edge.

I see from all the pictures that many members have done all sorts of mods that require cutting so help please! Thanks in advance for any contributions on this topic.

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Old 12-01-2018, 11:57 AM   #2
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Use a hole saw and be aware of where the wood studs are so you don't cut into them, if possible. It's pretty easy and you'll enjoy the result.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:05 PM   #3
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I agree with Micheal that a hole saw is the best way, especially for larger holes. There are fine fibreglass reinforcing strands in the panelling that help give it strength for its thinness. A spade bit can grab and tear these a wee bit, but if you need a small hole in a cabinet out of the way they will work fine. Twist bits work too, but are limited in size.

For straight cuts I used my Bosch Multi-tool for smooth cuts.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:13 PM   #4
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To install a new light under a cupboard I recently had to cut a 4 inch dia hole. I did not have a 4 inch round hole saw and there was not enough depth in the wall to use a jigsaw. Either saw also might of hacked the existing light wires in the area of my new hole.

I used these two tools pictured below to make the round hole. It was way easier than I thought it was going to be. I started with the oscillating multi-tool on the left following the circle an inch at a time then completed the round with the drum sander.

The multi-tool allows you to go through the wood just the right amount without cutting anything that may be behind.

Note: If you look very carefully you can see the filler marks covering the staples into the wall studs so you can keep clear of them.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:14 PM   #5
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For straight cuts I used my Bosch Multi-tool for smooth cuts.

I've used my cheap Canadian Tire multi-tool for straight cuts. Love how easy it is to control. They keep going on sale for about $27 with a whole bunch of accessories.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:19 PM   #6
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I've used my cheap Canadian Tire multi-tool for straight cuts. Love how easy it is to control. They keep going on sale for about $27 with a whole bunch of accessories.
That is a good price if you only use it occasionally, which most other than us contractors do.

I have had this tool for near 10 years now and could not do without it, it is so handy for cutting and scraping.
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I use a small "super magnet" slid over the paneling to locate the colored staples ETI uses for assembly.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:24 PM   #8
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Oscillating saw is back at regular price, but if you enter a sales alert, it will be on sale 70% off again soon.
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I prefer the battery operated like this https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-V...ded/1000594609
it is precise and there is not a lot of sawdust.
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Just cut a hole into wall with 2.5" hole saw.
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