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Old 03-23-2020, 04:49 PM   #1
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Hole Saw and Formica

I am planning to drill a hole in my Formica and looking for tips to avoid damaging the formica. (picture credits go to cpaharley)
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Old 03-23-2020, 04:54 PM   #2
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I used a variable speed drill at a low speed until through the formica covering. Any rough edges is sanded or covered by the item installed.
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Old 03-23-2020, 05:02 PM   #3
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BTW, I installed a flush mount 120v/usb in the new trailer's table
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Old 03-23-2020, 05:56 PM   #4
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If u have a steady hand score the perimeter of the opening to be cut this will greatly help in preventing chipping
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:33 PM   #5
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I drilled a 4” hole in the kitchen counter and also used a variable speed drill too. I put masking tape on the Formica and the results were very good. You should be fine.

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3” hole for retractable receptacle. Did a pilot hole to center it and with a medium speed made the hole. You shouldn’t have any problem with the proper drill and hole saw.
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Thanks to all, I had seen some things that made me seek some experienced advice. All the input is much appreciated.
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I read going slow speed to start prevents chipping, tape to keep it from moving.
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Just remember, before you squeeze the drill trigger "NO FORGIVENESS - NO FORGIVENESS :-)
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As others have suggested, use masking tape. In addition, use a new hole saw with a new bit in the arbor to prevent chipping. A Carbide tip hole saw is always a good choice.
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But it can only be new for the first hole, from then on it's experience that drives it.....
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