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To run a cord for a lamp kit? Need to drill a hole from the cord in a large “jug” of a bottle to make a lamp out of it. Maybe a one shot deal. What drill bit to use on glass?

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 03:25 PM

I have used the 1/4” ceramic tile bit I had from a remodel a few years back to do that same project your considering.

Don’t get in a hurry and keep a little water on the tip of the drill bit.

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 03:26 PM

I know I’ve seen drill bits made for drilling glass.

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 03:32 PM

A sponge with water may be of use.

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 04:45 PM

Yes.. drilling glass generates a lot of heat which can fracture the bottle … water is the best heat wick you can use.. so keep the glass cool and you should be alright.

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 05:41 PM

Would putting some water in the bottle be a good idea ? Of course that would likely
eliminate the drill press.

And wear some kind of eye/face protection and a respirator. Goes without saying.

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 07:22 PM

DKV, great video, thanks.

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#10 posted 05-23-2013 09:23 PM

I have drilled glass with a spade shaped bit made for drilling ceramics. I put the glass in a pail of water enough to cover the whole thing. Drill the glass underwater. Drill slowly…light pressure.

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 01:32 PM

Thanks a bunch DKV… Now I wont be able to get that song outta my head all day! :-)

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#12 posted 05-24-2013 01:49 PM

Don’t forget leather gloves when you drill it! I made that mistake before cutting some bottles to make drinking glasses using a wet tile saw. Exploding glass is not conducive to intact skin.

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#13 posted 05-24-2013 02:26 PM

Bandit, click on this link to ebay. The first listing is what you want to buy. I’ve drilled hundreds of bottles for the wife with this type bit. Keep the bottle wet and take your time. Don’t rush the drilling. I use a table drill press.

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#14 posted 05-24-2013 02:46 PM

I would make sure you plug your DP into a GFCI outlet.

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