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panaboy95
07/19/2007, 01:30 PM
i wanted to drill my glass with a drill press but a regular drill press would not work so i thought i would use a electromagnetic drill press. first i thought i would just get a peice of plate steel and put it on the other side of the glass but the magnet was not strong enough to hole the drill in place. so i rigged up a couple peices of metal i had laying around and then just clamped them to the tank with a couple blocks.

this is the press just with the metal peices.
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/panaboy95/DSC00305.jpg

this is the jig ready to drill with the blocks clamped in. as you can see one hole is done
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/panaboy95/DSC00309.jpg

this is the finished product.
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f320/panaboy95/DSC00310.jpg

the press worked great i was able to pull the bit out of the hole and let the bit get water in the middle and put it back into the same exact hole every time with out nicking the edges. much easier than freehand.

BenjieC
07/19/2007, 01:49 PM
pretty cool.....if you have an electromagnetic drill press laying around. LOL

panaboy95
07/19/2007, 10:14 PM
you can rent them pretty cheap and the ones you rent are a lot better than this one. you can rent one a lot cheaper than you can pay someone to drill the tank.

kamla
07/20/2007, 09:23 AM
nice .................can you rent them from HD???

balsaaaq
07/20/2007, 12:15 PM
just the solution I was looking for, where can you rent these deals from...I been working on modding my press all week, but it looks like this will allow me to drill anywhere on the tank I want whereas the press still has its limitation, ingenious idea....

panaboy95
07/20/2007, 12:25 PM
i know our true value rental store has them. find one of those rental places that rents tools and big equipmnt like bobcats and that stuff i am sure they will have one.

balsaaaq
07/20/2007, 12:27 PM
how much does it weight, the united rentals near me has on but its 40+ pounds, it looks like yours just adapts to a standard drill this used 1.5hp or so....its not compact enough....will keep looking...

panaboy95
07/20/2007, 04:59 PM
it weighs a good 25-30 pounds. the magnet is most of the weight.

RichConley
07/20/2007, 05:52 PM
you really dont need a press to drill a tank.


Its REALLY easy.

RWillieK
07/20/2007, 08:11 PM
I drilled mine, several times, free hand with a cordless drill. No drill press....nothing.

Robbie

krowleey
07/20/2007, 09:49 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10382150#post10382150 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by RWillieK
I drilled mine, several times, free hand with a cordless drill. No drill press....nothing.

Robbie

yay!!!


anyway back to the subject. I think that is a awesome tool, and will keep this in mind for my future tanks!

panaboy95
07/20/2007, 10:34 PM
i never did say you could not do it free hand just thought it was something new so i posted it. i had a magnet drill press avalible so i used it. plus i did it one handed. don't i get a cookie.

hambandit
07/20/2007, 11:31 PM
only if you eat it whilst drilling one handed holes in my tank.

ill supply the cookie.

kysard1
07/21/2007, 12:57 AM
the thicker glass requires a drill press if you want straight holes. It is very easy to make a tunnel instead of a straight hole in 3/4" glass without a press.

RWillieK
07/21/2007, 05:47 AM
I have only drill holes in a 40 gallon long, the glass was maybe 3/8" inch thick.

Just thought I would share my experience.

RichConley
07/21/2007, 11:12 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10383610#post10383610 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by kysard1
the thicker glass requires a drill press if you want straight holes. It is very easy to make a tunnel instead of a straight hole in 3/4" glass without a press.

My tank was 5/8ths, and I drilled free hand, and got nice straight holes.

UN-Sizzlers
07/21/2007, 12:24 PM
neet Idea thanks for sharring

superedge88
07/21/2007, 12:29 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10384957#post10384957 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by RichConley
My tank was 5/8ths, and I drilled free hand, and got nice straight holes.

C'mon, stop trying to be macho, for those of us that want to drill clean holes quite easily a drill press is a god send. I use a drill guide made by wolfcraft (you can buy them online or at Menards) I used it in this drilling video

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-914604960954107810&q=glass+drilling&total=56&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

Onesaltydawg
07/21/2007, 12:34 PM
Cool idea...now where did I put my electromagnet?...oh thats right I loaned it to Panaboy(Nate)...When are you going to return it?...lol

xcreonx
07/21/2007, 12:50 PM
Oh yeah, well I drilled my 180g standing on my head with a rusty dremel....

and my dad can beat up your dad :P

flyyyguy
07/21/2007, 02:02 PM
We all know you can drill glass freehand. So cookies and gold stars to all those that did it without a drill press.

Cool post. I wouldnt quite call it redneck........but the holes look very nice and next time i go to drill some thicker glass Im going to go raid my dads shop and use his press. ;)


<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10385387#post10385387 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by xcreonx


and my dad can beat up your dad :P

nu-uhhh, my dad would WASTE your dad.