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Cutting holes in sides of stand

Hi, I need to cut holes in the side of my stand for filtration and electrical outlets. How should I go about doing this? What tools should I use? The stand is an ikea besta stand.


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Just a normal hole saw would be the easiest way, you can get a little 5 piece b&d kit for like 10 bucks then all you need is a drill.

I'm assuming it's that woodish stuff right? lol
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You'll need a drill and either a holesaw or paddle bit of whatever size you think will work. Paddle bits are easier to use IMO, but they're messier than a holesaw.

If you want to get fancy, Home Depot or Lowes sells plastic "desk grommits" that snap into a clean hole which helps makes the hole and cord look cleaner, if they hole will be exposed.

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You'll need a drill and either a holesaw or paddle bit of whatever size you think will work. Paddle bits are easier to use IMO, but they're messier than a holesaw.

If you want to get fancy, Home Depot or Lowes sells plastic "desk grommits" that snap into a clean hole which helps makes the hole and cord look cleaner, if they hole will be exposed.

Paddle bits are the worst thing to use on a finished stand.

Use a hole saw. Drill 3/4 of the way through from one side. Drill the rest from the other side. No blowout or chipping on either side that way.

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Hole saw. On a Besta cabinet, it will be super easy as it's not solid wood.

I would actually try to use oval grommets instead of circular as it will prevent the hose from kinking. You need a pretty big circle compared to tubing size if you don't go oval. Doing an oval, you would do two holes per grommet, one at the bottom, one at the top, then saw to connect them. It doesn't have to be absolutely perfect as it will be covered by the grommet but you want to be very close. More involved and I haven't had a chance to do it, need to get some oval grommets but a better way to go IMO.

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