Drilling and Cutting Tips and Techniques
MrsPackRat(z5 IN)January 1, 2013
Drilling thru a plate
Using a tile or masonry bit follow these tips:
- Speed is more useful than pressure, so use the highest drill speed you have, or better yet, use a dremel and let the tool do the work.
- Put the plate in a dish pan of damp sand. Shift it around until you're sure that all parts of the plate are touching the sand, so that it's evenly supported.
- Be patient and let the tool do the work. Pushing too hard is usually what causes breakage.
- Marking where you want to drill the hole with a piece of tape helps keep the drill bit from sliding while drilling.
Drilling a hole in a Bowling Ball
Using a masonry bit follow these tips:
- Position the BB between 3 rocks or something else that will securely hold the ball on the ground while drilling.
- Attach a long (at least as long as the diameter of the ball) masonry drill bit. Generally a 14" long 1/2" thick, depending on hole size needed, will do the trick.
- Attach the drill bit to an electric drill and drill through the center of the ball by putting the drill bit down the thumb hole.
- Take lots of breaks so that the ball and drill do not get too hot. It is safe to add a small amount of water into the hole as you drill.
Where to find the tools used above
Masonry Bit - any home improvement store