Center Punch

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Best way to put holes in sheet metal?

18 - 26ga. I need to make lots of small holes for rivets as well as rectangular holes in the middle of the sheets. It's a new hobby, so I'm trying not to spend a ton and I don't have any tools yet.

What's the best way to go? I was thinking an automatic center punch and using a hand drill but I'm not sure about the rectangular holes. Otherwise, if anyone could recommend a set of punch and dies with a guide that would be good for entry level. Or anything else and if there is anything else I might want to get started with, please let me know.

The center punch and drill wil be fine for the holes for rivets. For the rectangular holes I'd suggest a Dremel tool using the abrasive cutting blades. You would want to use the fiber reinforced ones as they tend to be more durable.

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