What to use to Drill a hole in Glass

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Forum topic by SplashMaster posted 11-16-2010 07:33 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2010 07:33 PM

I would like to try and incorporate glass in some of my projects and was wondering what is best for drilling holes in glass? I have heard diamond drill bits are good but I not sure were to get them, like does lows have them and if so does any one know the price rang? Any help is much appreciated thanks!

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 07:47 PM

You need to get bits that look like a spade on the end. Not a spade bit like you would think, but the ends of them look like a garden spade shovel.

Cheap sets are available for less than $10. Just make sure you fully support the glass and use plenty of cooling fluid. What I do is support the piece with a backer of some sort and place the glass at some sort of incline so the water I am pouring on it runs off the piece as I cut.

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 08:55 PM

There is another way; I’ve seen spot-sandblasters with silicon-carbide shot through a hard steel template to make a 1/4” hole in glass. This was for making lamps out of old wine bottles, the cord passed through the hole. The bottles were filled with sand to prevent etching the inner surface.

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#3 posted 11-17-2010 12:26 AM

I made some holes in the bottoms/side of a couple of large bottles once to run lamp cords through many many years ago.
I used the inexpensive glass/tile drill bits.
Slow and steady and lube/water if possible as was said and they work fine.
Follow JBfromMN’s advice and you’ll do fine, and its cheap.

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#4 posted 11-17-2010 02:14 AM

That glass cutting spade works good and dont cost much. good luck.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 06:01 AM

if you cant find or afford a proper drill you can use a piece of copper tubing and valve grinding compound, make a dam of putty to keep it from running off. light pressure and back off occasionally use a low speed.

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 03:57 PM

If it were me, I would use a glass shop to cut the glass, drill the holes, and polish the edges. I have everything I need to do the woodwork, but they’re the experts on working with glass. And, if they screw up, it’s on them. – lol

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