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Ask whether it would be OK to drill a hole in a wall of your home for an outlet or switch. The surface planes of the wall, or in this case, the sides of your stand, are probably not load bearing.

The frame bears the bulk of the weight, so unless you are putting holes into the frame or removing a lot of material from the frame structure, you have nothing to fear. Even if the design of the stand is such that the end panels are load bearing, two 1" holes will not appreciably diminish its structural integrity. Drill away!
 

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Try putting some of that blue painter's tape over the area where you are going to drill, or if possible, clamp some thin sheets of 1/4" plywood to each side.

It should cut down on the splintering/chipping a little.
 
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