Veroboard trace cutting tool?

From: Joe R. <>
Date: Sun Dec 5 15:11:32 2004

At 03:37 PM 12/5/04 -0500, you wrote:
>On Sun, 5 Dec 2004, Joe R. wrote:
>> Why not just get a end mill as used in milling machines? They come in a
>> wide variety of sizes and are readily available. They're made in two flute
>> and four flute types and the bottom is flat.
> And the last time you (successfully) tried to cut a 3/32 flat spot into
>fibreglass PC board using a hand-drill - or even a Dremel tool?

  It works fine for me. But my "dremel" tool in made by Index and weighs
about 1500 pounds :-)

with an
>itty-bitty end-mill??? Unless of course you have the mill to go with the
>cutter - then you can clamp it down and just take a fine cut. 20 minutes
>later, voila! all done!

  20 minutes! I could chip out a piece of flint and cut with that in less
than 20 minutes! It takes me longer to walk out to the shop than it does to
cut it. Clamping, installing the end mill, cutting, removing the CCA and
cleaning out the chips takes WELL under two minutes.

> The thing about the Veroboard tools is that they have a central locating
>pin that fits into the hole,

   Good for Veroboard. If that's what you want THEN GO BUY IT! But Ethan
asked for a substitute and they do not make counterbores with guide pins
small enough to fit into a wire hole on a circuit board.

around which you want to cut an insulating
>ring. And it's that centering pin that makes it easy... without it,

   That why I use a milling machine! In case you've nver seen one, you
CLAMP the work in place and then move the table (with the attached work
piece) to the correct position. I suggest you go find a book on milling
machines and read up on them. It's a very usefull machine.

>- I hope you have spare board stock on hand. ;}.


> Been there; done that; still have the bloody t-shirt.

   Then you're doing something wrong!


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