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I want to drive a cable up a cupboard. The shelves are too long to simply put the cable behind them, so I want to create an indentation in the removable shelves.
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I do not own a drill press, and I do not want to buy one just for this. I do not even have the space for it. How can I do this with only a manual drill? Is milling a good idea, or should I press the shelf between two parts of wood, and just drill it?

As this is on the non-visible side of the shelf, a V shaped cut with a saw is also an option.

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    It's difficult to figure out what you're asking. Do you want to drill an actual hole or route a dado/groove? Because you mentioned drill press, this assumes you want to drill a very straight hole. In that case, check out this: amazon.com/Gator-V-DrillGuide-Standard-Portable-Drilling/dp/…. I have one and they're a must-have for straight, accurate drilling if you don't own a drill press. I drilled a 3/8" wide, 4" deep hole right into the edge of a 1/2" sheet of plywood once and the bit went straight in without coming out either side. – oscilatingcretin Aug 3 '15 at 13:29
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Just clamp a scrap of plywood to the top of the board and use a hole saw to cut through both boards.

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For a relatively small groove, a little bit of hand work with a round ("rat tail") file does wonders.

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If you're taking the shelves out to do this process why not just cut the corner off? It would look better than a hole. If you want to groove in a notch or dado then the rat tail file is a better option.

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