I have the need to plunge cut 3/16" straight holes through 1/4" pvc board. When done by hand I use a regular high speed drill and a 3/16" plastex bit with a rounded head so you don’t get the melt / burr / oversize in the hole. The downside is that in order to get a perfect hole my bit needs to go through the PVC and into a scrap board of some type about another 1/8" to get the nice straight hole. And yes I go through alot of “spoil board” materials.
What would you guys recommend?
I’m using the standard Makita router on the x-50.
I need to avoid the melting of the PVC and completely drill a full 3/16" hole with no real margin of error on the size.
Also what speed would you use on the bit as I don’t wanna melt it.
O flute bits. I’ve had good results using this bit in acrylic, though you’ll need a 1/8" collet (they sell that too).
Edit: I did have a bit of a problem when I was drilling holes though, see here. It didn’t affect the end result though so I haven’t tried any fixes. Maybe do a test without the bit before doing the actual cut just to be safe.
Use an O flute 1/8" end mill. Using VCarve (not sure if alternate software), create a Profile toolpath operation and click on Add Ramps to toolpath and then Spiral.
Do not use a pocket or peck drilling operation. The first will take longer & be prone to more slop in the resulting hole and the latter will beat up your end mill & likely cause micro cracks in your acrylic.