Drilling hole through Ikea furniture?

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Old 08-08-14, 05:52 PM
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Question Drilling hole through Ikea furniture?

I just bought one of these Ikea shelf units for some media storage...

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It's going to be mounted to the wall, so I don't really have a way to pass wires between the two shelves...which means I need to drill a hole in middle.

I know it will be messy, but I do intend on putting in a grommet to make it look a little cleaner. But what's going to be the best way to drill through? Hole saw? Spade bit? Jigsaw?
 
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Old 08-08-14, 05:58 PM
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Drill a pilot hole all the way through with a 3/16" twist drill then use a hole saw part way from each side.
 
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How big of a hole do you need? In some cases you can drill two 1/4" holes (as an example) about an inch apart and 3/4" from the back edge. Then saw from each hole to the edge and between the holes. Those holes form nice rounded corners for the notch you created on the back edge.

Not sure what you have or want for tools?

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I would suggest a hole saw bit the size of an office desk grommet such as GE, 1.5 in. Furniture Hole Cover - Black, 76292 at The Home Depot - Tablet
 
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I'm thinking a 2" hole should do the trick. I'm guessing hole saw is the way to go.

I was also looking at jig saw blades made for laminate. Any thoughts on that?
 
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manly depends on how round you want hole. I have been using jig saws for years and still can't make a round hole with one, I think hole will be to small for a jig saw also.
 
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I was also looking at jig saw blades made for laminate. Any thoughts on that?
The blade needs to be fine teeth and narrow so it will make the turn as you follow the curve.
 
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The hole saw is going to give you the best results. Make sure the pilot but protrudes out past the saw. Drill from the other side when the pilot bit starts to poke through.
 
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