Drilling Ceramic Glazed Pots

MRI_Guy(5a)January 28, 2013

I found a drill bit that works great for drilling glazed pots. I see so many perfectly shaped Adenium pots in the gardens centers only to pick them up, turn them over, and be disappointed for the lack of drain holes. But not anymore - I bought this "Ceramic tile and Glass" drill bit which works great on those pots!

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Wonderful to know, thanks.
I know what you mean. I have found some beautiful pots only to find that they had no drain hole.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:36PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia


That's what i'm talking about!!

Nice drill and bit!!!


    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:50PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Perfect, what a good idea! More pots with holes = more plants, what could be better? Seems like you and my d/h are both fans of bench drills eh?
Gill from the UK.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 6:12AM
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I bought granite drill bits for my husband. Every one of my pots had extra holes. Atleast 4 more holes.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 9:45AM
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The drill press certainly helps. I drill glass and ceramic containers with my little Dremmel. It takes forever but it does work.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 7:24PM
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Yes the drill press really helps, but for all its power, it requires a very light touch when drilling glazed ceramic. It takes me about 10 minutes to drill three 3/8" holes in ceramic. I place pieces of masking tape on the pot bottom over the locations that I want the holes and mark them with a pen. The tape helps to stabilize the drill tip until it has penetrated the glazed pottery. I squirt a small amount of water onto the bit as I drill to keep things cool and prevent chipping. It also helps to minimize airborne ceramic dust.


    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 8:21PM
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kodom087 z9a

I used to work in an antique and lighting store. Making custom lamps out of vases and things people brought in from their travels and what not. I used 1/4" to 1/2" diamond hole drill bit and would squirt with a little bit of machine oil (like for sewing machines) every so often during the process to keep the bit cool and lubricated. This worked very well for me especially on glass and ceramic pots/vases. It's a great option for those that only have hand held drills.


    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 9:32PM
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Kirk that's what I use with the Dremmel but I have to use a smaller bit and re-drill the same hole a few times to make it bigger. DH has a regular size hand held drill but I can't handle it as well because of the weight so I stick to the little one.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 7:25AM
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