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April 24 2012 at 5:42 AM

Iain Wyllie  (Login AIWyllie)
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Response to Punch and die sets: is there a more economical alternative to Waldron?

I did, using some 3/16" perspex I had.

Just buy a set of drills in the sizes you want (handy anyway), drill through two bits of perspex in the corners and fit short steel or brass pins, glued in the bottom layer only.

When you want to punch holes of a certain size, just select the appropriate drill bit and drill through both plates, invert the drill, protect the business end with a bit of plastic and use as the punch. If the drill has a conical end, just grind it flat.

Now you can punch custom sized holes in decal sheets or styrene sheet up to about 1/16" thick and it won't wear out as you might expect - even if it does, you can just drill another hole.

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