Friday, October 23, 2015

How to drill holes in glass

Drilling in glass is a new one for me so I will show you  step by step how I did it.

 I thought a good way to start is to make a support for the glass bottle.

 I used a peice of 2x4 and cut two blocks the same size. After measuring the top and bottom of the bottle circumference  I drilled the holes for the bottle to fit.

 A hole saw is best for drilling these holes, please see the video on how I accurately lined up the height of  holes.    

   Material List                
          Bottom   plywood                                 
    Ends 2x4                                       
        Four 2 1/2 wood screws                     

                    This is the basic bottle drilling jig, it was made to fit this size                           bottle.
                    Bottles must be measured in length then a jig can be made to fit                     the bottle you will be using. 

                    Note:    First put 2 screws in one block and only 1                                                 screw in the other block... then the one end                                               block can swivel.  After the bottle is placed in                                           position insert the last screw.

A piece of plywood is used for the base and here the blocks are being attached. The best way to do this is to make the marks for the blocks and then clamp them so they do not move and then add the screws through the bottom.

Plumbers putty is used to create a dam, this will be for the water. The water will act as a lubricant and coolant for the drilling. Simply roll a piece in your hand and press on the bottle. 

                        A Starrett 7/8"  diamond hole saw is used to drill the hole, I                            bought  mine for about $12.00 Canadian.                                           

                           A plastic pipette is used to apply small amounts of water. This                         is simple to use and keep things under control so you don't                             make a mess.

The overall setup was very easy and the drilling was easy as well. I took it slow and since the drill press was used it was hard to feel and control the pressure so I used my hearing and listened to the sound of the drill.

The dam worked out very nice and after I washed it out it looked like a new bottle... with some holes.

Here I have placed a dowel in the holes.

 See also:

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