Drilling advice for Dreadnought box?

Says it all. Looking for advice on drilling the holes for the SpeakOn screws in one of Larry's boxes for the recent group buy. I don't have access to a drill press, and will be making a run to the hardware store for a drill and bit(s).

Thanks for the advice!
Speakers: Polk SDA-CRS+ 4.1TL/Wharfedale EVO4.3; Amp: Parasound A21 Halo; Pre: NAD C165BEE; Regenerator: PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant3; Streamer: Auralic Aries Mini/TeraDak LPS; Phono: AT LP-3/VM540Ml; CD: Onkyo C390>ProJect DAC Box S2+/TeraDak LPS; Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse7 speaker, High Fidelity Cables Reveal IC (pre/amp), Wireworld Silver Eclipse8 IC (streamer; DAC), Wireworld Silver Starlight digital coax (CD/DAC); Power cables: NRG Custom Cables "The Five" (regenerator; amp; streamer; DAC); Subwoofer: REL T/5i; EQ: Soundcraftsmen RP2212

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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,526
    Find a bit that fits snugly through the hole

    Line the plate with painters tape, 2 layers

    Put the connector on the plate, make sure it's straight

    Place the drill bit in the hole, start the drill and go enough to just remove the paint. Do both holes.

    Remove the connector

    Drill all the way through at your marks, be sure to remove any burs on the other side.

    Done
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 224
    Thanks Trey. Bit material? Speed?

    What can I say, I'm a total noob at this stuff.
    Speakers: Polk SDA-CRS+ 4.1TL/Wharfedale EVO4.3; Amp: Parasound A21 Halo; Pre: NAD C165BEE; Regenerator: PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant3; Streamer: Auralic Aries Mini/TeraDak LPS; Phono: AT LP-3/VM540Ml; CD: Onkyo C390>ProJect DAC Box S2+/TeraDak LPS; Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse7 speaker, High Fidelity Cables Reveal IC (pre/amp), Wireworld Silver Eclipse8 IC (streamer; DAC), Wireworld Silver Starlight digital coax (CD/DAC); Power cables: NRG Custom Cables "The Five" (regenerator; amp; streamer; DAC); Subwoofer: REL T/5i; EQ: Soundcraftsmen RP2212
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,526
    Milwaukee titanium coated bits are great

    Slow when marking the holes, once marked, full speed ahead, just be careful it didn't lunge into the plate
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 224
    That's it. Thanks, again.
    Speakers: Polk SDA-CRS+ 4.1TL/Wharfedale EVO4.3; Amp: Parasound A21 Halo; Pre: NAD C165BEE; Regenerator: PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant3; Streamer: Auralic Aries Mini/TeraDak LPS; Phono: AT LP-3/VM540Ml; CD: Onkyo C390>ProJect DAC Box S2+/TeraDak LPS; Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse7 speaker, High Fidelity Cables Reveal IC (pre/amp), Wireworld Silver Eclipse8 IC (streamer; DAC), Wireworld Silver Starlight digital coax (CD/DAC); Power cables: NRG Custom Cables "The Five" (regenerator; amp; streamer; DAC); Subwoofer: REL T/5i; EQ: Soundcraftsmen RP2212
  • daddyjt
    daddyjt Posts: 1,433
    I find a spring loaded center punch an indispensable tool for such tasks.

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  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 224
    Thanks daddyjt!

    In case anyone is interested, I started with a 1.5mm titanium bit, and then enlarged with a 3.05mm HSS. The 3mm screws fit perfectly.

    Appreciate the ABCs, gents!
    Speakers: Polk SDA-CRS+ 4.1TL/Wharfedale EVO4.3; Amp: Parasound A21 Halo; Pre: NAD C165BEE; Regenerator: PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant3; Streamer: Auralic Aries Mini/TeraDak LPS; Phono: AT LP-3/VM540Ml; CD: Onkyo C390>ProJect DAC Box S2+/TeraDak LPS; Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse7 speaker, High Fidelity Cables Reveal IC (pre/amp), Wireworld Silver Eclipse8 IC (streamer; DAC), Wireworld Silver Starlight digital coax (CD/DAC); Power cables: NRG Custom Cables "The Five" (regenerator; amp; streamer; DAC); Subwoofer: REL T/5i; EQ: Soundcraftsmen RP2212
  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 970
    I always think it is so cool when someone posts about something like this. Wants to do it right !
    Where in Alabama ?
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