Veroboard trace cutting tool?

From: CRC <>
Date: Sun Dec 5 15:55:50 2004

On Sun, 5 Dec 2004 Ethan Dicks <> noted:

> On Sun, 5 Dec 2004 11:26:47 GMT, Pete Turnbull
> <> wrote:
>> So does the genuine Veroboard cutter. It's just a stub drill mounted
>> in a blue plastic handle, and its only advantage is that it's easier
>> to
>> hold. There's quite a good picture at
> Ah... I was under the impression that the cutting edge had a
> substantially different angle fro a drill (like describing a 180
> degree arc between the cutting surfaces rather than, say, 150
> degrees).
> I guess this picture...
> .... really shows the divot one gets from the real tool.
> I might just have to just use the drill press for this task (taking
> advantage of the stop to keep from drilling _though_ the resin board
> ;-)
> The tool looks handy for more than a few cuts, though. I wouldn't
> want to try just holding a bit bare-handed - lots of hand cramps and
> slips probably.
> Thanks for the website tip... nice pix.
> -ethan

In the past I used a vector pad cutter (a great tool for doing
breadballs) to cut the traces on Vero/Vector boards. The cutter has a
guide pin to guide an annular cutter. Generally used to isolate a pad
on a blank PC board, but works great for cutting the traces on
protoboard. Since it is a mill-like cutter, it does not generate a
divit like a drill bit.

A while back after being deprived of access to this tool (read
downsized...), I decided to pick one up for myself. The part is listed
in Digi-key under the Vector Board section. However, the sticker shock
was extreme. As an alternate, I found that they make mills of similar
design for cutting various sizes of o-ring grooves and are priced
within reach.

As a cheap alternate, a simple end mill of the right diameter in a
drill press should do the job admirably.

Received on Sun Dec 05 2004 - 15:55:50 GMT

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