I’ve spent considerable time researching System32 templates that are used with hand-held routers to drill shelf pin holes, assembly holes, and holes for System32 hardware. The two that are at the top of my list are the Festool LR32 system and the Schmitt32 system. Both are spendy, accurate, repeatable, and reliable. It doesn’t take too many ruined cabinet panels to make the price of these two systems seem pretty reasonable.
Then there is a third option - CNC! I’ve read several articles that warn against drilling holes with a router. Heat buildup, inadequate chip removal,having to spiral or peck the holes etc. What seemed like a great idea just a short time ago now appears to be a disaster in waiting.
Does anyone here have experience with this process? If you’ve been successful, how have you gone about the work? Bit selection? Straight plunge? Spiral? Peck? Feeds and speeds? RPM? If CNC really is a poor choice for this application that’s fine. I’ll go with one of the other solutions.
I appreciate your willingness to share your expertise!