Drilling holes in a blank pickup cover

dirk_benedict

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Anyone have any tips/hacks for this?

I have a pickup with mismatched plastic and and I want drill holes in a blank (no holes) pickup cover to match the existing one.

The existing mismatched pickup cover has the hole pattern I need. Can I just line the two covers in a vice and drill through? Any special bit I should use? We're talking Jazzmaster pickups here.
 

swiveltung

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Hmmm. Well, I would probably try to mark the holes with the old pickup. I would center punch each hole to make sure the drill bit starts accurately. If you don't the bit will often walk a bit off center before digging in. Use a drill press if you can. The best case scenario is to have a "transfer punch". A transfer punch is the size of your hole with a little "tit" on the end of it. You put it in the hole and make the center punch dead center. For plastic I like the "brad point" bit which cuts the outside of the hole at nearly the same time as the from the center.
Brad point bit in center here: http://www.handymanknowhow.co.uk/drillingandfixing/drillbits.htm
 

swiveltung

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BTW, if you get the Brad point drill to match the holes in the current cover, you may just use that to mark hole locations instead of acquiring a Transfer Punch. The hard part is keeping the two covers aligned while doing so. maybe some double sticky back carpet tape to hold them together?
 

argyletrinity

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If you can, clamp pieces of wood on each side of where you want to drill, then drill. This helps prevent what I call blowout...or keeps the cover nice and flat.
 

dirk_benedict

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BTW, if you get the Brad point drill to match the holes in the current cover, you may just use that to mark hole locations instead of acquiring a Transfer Punch. The hard part is keeping the two covers aligned while doing so. maybe some double sticky back carpet tape to hold them together?
what about in a vice?
 




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