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Cutting and drilling ceramic? (Keych idea)

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by JPHing, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. JPHing

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    Hey guys

    Been thinking of making a keychain ceramic sharpener from a landsky ceramic stone
    Just curious what would work best to cut and drill into it if possible.

    Thanks in advanced :)
     
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    What sort of tooling do you have access too?
     
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    carbide mason bit. Only experience I have drilling ceramic is tile.....and I usually crack it anyway.
     
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    Diamond grit cutters, and LOTS of water to cool while cutting...
    Honestly, other than that, I don't know. Ceramic is fairly soft, but highly abrasive, and brittle, so AFAIK all the rules of stone cutting would apply.
     
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    Hack saw and jig saw and power drill

    Thanks will try that:) . Am I right that due to Ceramic being brittle I must work slower as well?
     
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    Let the drill bit do the work, take it slow, do not use excessive force and keep the drill bit lubricated.
     
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    Thanks :) Will any particular bit work best (diamond coated, cobalt ..etc)
     
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    A carbide masonry bit should be able to do the job, but can't be sure how well it would work on the sharpening stone.
     
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    I'd suggest buying a couple of pieces of tile, or maybe some tile samples from a home improvement store, to take a few runs at before trying the real deal. Wouldn't wanna shatter your sharpening rod/stone on the first go and be SOL.

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    Thanks guys :) will get one
     
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    I do have some at home. Will prac on those .
     
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    Just had a thought as I was reading this.
    You are right to be concerned about having problems while drilling through it. The advice here is good and I wish you luck.

    But what about once you have it on a keyring, couldnt the everyday torque applied to keychain type stuff cause trouble?
    You might be able to work it out if the stone is thick enough or by using a lanyard...

    Whatever you work out please post pics :)
     
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    not sure how involved you want to get but we used to use diamond core drill bits at work but it can be pricey.
    We had the whole set up which had a tank which gravity fed water through the center of the drill bit.We had a tank from an old floor polisher jury rigged on the drill press.
    In a pinch we just chucked up the drill bit and held the piece to be drilled under water and sort of pecked at it.It drills a beautiful hole and I think it has less chance of cracking.
    Just check out diamond core drills at McMaster Carr here
    If it's just for one piece I wouldn't bother but if it's for mass producing you might want to consider it
     
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    Yup, what he said ^^^^^

    For drilling, I'd deff try the carbide masonry bit first, they're cheaper/easier to get..

    If that don't do it, hit up ebay, search for diamond drill bits, in whatever mm size you want, I got a bunch of 6mm cheapies for like $2 each from some dealer in hong kong a few years ago for some stone work... I never got around to trying them come to think of it, but ceramic is pretty soft, should work in a pinch if your not into laying out a lot of $$ for one little project. Or for smaller holes, you might get by with a couple of cheap diamond grit dremel type bits..

    For cutting by hand, I'd try one of those Rem-Grit blades in the hacksaw..

    Good Luck!

    Oh ya. try to NOT breathe the dust you make at all if possible.. watering the cuts should help with this, but do be careful! I had a lung full of concrete dust once, and have had ceramic tile dust too... Not Fun!
     
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    Ceramic is harder than steel
     
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    What about a little custom leather sheath on a key ring?
     
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    If you use a masonry drill bit, and don't have the setup to have lubricant/coolant drip on the piece you're drilling through, you can put the piece into a plastic container full of water while drilling, keeping cool that way. It will be messy, and you'll need to go very slow, but it will work.
     
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    Thanks a lot for all your help guys :cool: . Will try my luck tomorrow and see how it goes

    Did think of that but scared of losing the sharpener :oops:
     
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    How about drilling into a softer material and using epoxy to hold the ceramic in place. Similar to a fire steel?
     
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    This. Can you epoxy the ceramic to a small fob of some sort that would be much easier to drill through?
     
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