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Magazine hole punch

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Project by PopsHuckster posted 12-01-2016 05:39 PM 578 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I know like a lot of you, that we get magazines we like to keep that are now coming in without 3 holes punched in them. I also get many catalogs without the holes punched in the I want to keep in a 3-ring binder too. At one point I was scanning the magazines and putting them into pdf files but that was too time consuming. I’m basically cheap and won’t spring for the digitized versions either (as well as being retired and on a fixed budget)

I took some scraps today and made this hole punch to try and see if I could do them myself. They’re a lot thicker then my normal 3-hole punch can handle and I don’t want to pull the staples to punch them either. It’s not a hard punch to make and could be modified probably by you guys to make it even simpler. Keep in mind though, the bottom of the jig needs to have the 3 holes drilled the whole way out the bottom because it will clog otherwise and you’ll have to ‘clean it out’ about every 3-4 magazines. I also put the legs on the bottom for a clean through hole cut helping to clean out the paper dust. Second: I initially used a spur bit to drill the holes and it wasn’t as clean a hole as I liked so I tried a 1/4” Forstner bit (not the shark tooth type). Although when I think about it I don’t think they make a shark tooth “Forstner” that small. Anyway, if you don’t force the bit through the pages, it makes a very nice clean cut.

P.S. Almost forgot… Using the jig on a drill press is advisable. Even though the holes aren’t that deep it helps align the jig holes so you don’t get them crooked.

-- Pop





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#1 posted 12-11-2016 08:02 PM

Good thinking! That looks like it works real well, too.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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