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Posted on Is it safe to drill out a rare earth magnet?

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 08:00 PM


Thanks for the response! I will try heating the epoxy with my heat gun after I’m off work and at home to give this a try. Hopefully that’ll soften it up enough to remove it. It’s Gorilla Glue Epoxy, as I had it left over from something else. I’ll just have to really be careful when re-drilling, as the wood is super-thin on this portion of the project. I’ll have to check the depth of the hole vs. the thickness of the wood now, since the forstner bit’s tip may end up poking through. If that’s the case, I think I’ll simply drop in a smaller magnet since they’re slightly thinner. Won’t have the same holding power, but it should still be fine.


You may be right. I wonder if I could sand the magnet down slightly to thin it out? Hopefully the above solution will work.

Thanks again for the quick responses.

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