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Old 10-18-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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I need to make a hole :)

This is not necessarily a motor home question, but since it is related to mine, I'll ask it here. I have a thin door under the TV where the satellite receiver, DVD player, etc, is. It has two shelves. The shelf goes from front to back and has no breaks. I need to get a cable from the bottom shelf up to the TV. Since there is no break, the only way to get it up there is to route it in front of the shelf. There are only a couple of inches clearance above and below the shelf. Any ideas how I can make a hole in the back of it? There's not enough room to get a drill or saw in there.

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How about a Dremel with a flex extension? I also have used a right angle adapter on my drill in tight places. Or possibly there is a way to get to the back of the shelf and put a notch in it? If you can find a way to make a small hole you can enlarge it with a very narrow jigsaw or coping saw blade (and a lot of manual labor).

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Old 10-19-2009, 03:47 AM   #3
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Why not take the shelf out; modify it and put it back in? I know it will be a lot of work but sometimes that is what it takes to do the job right.
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Is there a space in the wall behind the shelves? Two 1/2 inch holes in the back wall, one on each level , would allow you to snake the wires between the two shelves.

Also this might come in handy:http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...tv-cable/14649
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:34 AM   #5
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I think I would use RV Wizards suggestion if it possible at all. They had to get the shelf in there.
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Another possibility is a right angle attachment for your drill like this one from Harbor Freight Tools. I have seen them elsewhere, and they are kind of expensive. The one from Harbor Freight looks like it would handle a small diameter hole saw and it's only $14.
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If you want to go through the wall use these.

- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

Or you could drill a Pocket hole through the shelves. The hole would be on a angle but twoard the back.

http://www.amazon.com/Kreg-MKJKIT-Mi...5959419&sr=8-6

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If it is like my coach it is hollow behind the cabinet.I have two holes in the back of the cabinet.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. The shelf was the not the last thing to go into the cabinet and it looks like it was glued and screwed. I don't think there is enough clearance to get a right angle adapter in there. The flat wire is a good idea. I have one, but the cable I need to route is the component video cable that is about 1/2" in diameter. The Dremel tool might just work. I'll give it a try.

Angles are not a problem. It's going in the back of the cabinet so it won't be seen,
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Would a notch just large enough to route the cable(s) in the front edge of the shelf work for you? Just asking?

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I don't know what your clearance is, but you can by an inexpensive angle drill if it fits, for $11. Sure beats pulling out a stapled/glued shelf.

A few options: If you decide to pull the shelf out, you could put in another shelf using the typical push in posts to support shelves that comes with desk assemblies. It could be made to match where the old shelf was attached.

Or, you could notch the front side of the shelf and run the wires there. Or even drill a hole as far in as your drill bit will reach. You can buy a longer drill bit and maybe get as far in as 4 or 6 inches. It would almost be out ot the way. A piece of molding glued over the wires would hide them.

I'm not sure what your shelf is made of, but many are made of particle board, or soft wood. A short blade pocket knife may be able to grind it's way through, or any object. I have a small pipe cutter that has a triangle blade for cleaning the edge of a pipe after cutting that would grind a hole through the piece of wood. It may take a little longer, but is still better than pulling the shelf out. A stubby screw driver with the tip sharpened and slightly pointed (use a file) would work.

Good luck. Let common sense prevail.
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There are two ways that come to mind for me... Or 3

First.. If there is a hole say in the back you can drill in at an angle

However an easier way might be to remove the TV, since the shelf in question is under the TV you can then take two things,, One is a standard hole saw and the other thing you get at an office supply store, it's the plastic "insert" that goes in the hole in the desk for power cords and such to pass through. (The hole saw should be the size of the hole the insert fits in)

Remove the TV, Drill down with the hole saw. .Now switch to a smaller hole saw and drill the cable pass through hole in the shelf

Drop the insert in the top hole, and replace the TV.

Option 3 is to drill up but then you are left with a visible hole.. Might not wish that
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That's the answer! If I go through the hole behind the TV, I can use a hole saw and go straight down.

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