Being tasked with cutting-in cable cubby’s is always risky business. This is a task you don’t want to assign to just any tech. Tables can be very expensive and have “insurance claim” written all over them. Make sure you have the right tools, the right skill set and woodworking experience. This table was over 3″ thick and required longer blades and was very soft wood covered by a paper thin wood-grain laminate.
Here is what you need:
2″ painters tape
2″ duct tape
Drill and Jigsaw
1/2″ paddle bit
3-Bosch T1044DP 10-Inch X 6-Tpi Precision-Cut OR Bosch T344D 6″ TPI HCS Bosch Shank Jigsaw Blade (depends on table thickness)
1) print out the cubby template and cut it out on the black line.
2) align it on the center of the table and tape down the straight edges
3) mark around the cutout with the sharpie
4) drill out the corners with the 1/2″ bit to make the 1/4″ radius edges
5) use the Bosch 6″ blade to cut your straight lines
HERE IS THE TRICK PEOPLE!!! Lay down 2 layers of blue tape covering a 6″ radius around the hole to be cut. Cover that with duct tape and then another layer of blue tape. This provides cushion for the jigsaw vibration and prevents table marring. After the cut, pull off the tape towards the hole, not away from it. You can use brown masonite for this but i still put down a layer of blue under and over it, your choice.