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Old 06-16-2005, 04:08 PM   #1
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Anybody drill their own glass tank?

I know acrylic is very easy but as for glass, has anybody drilled their own glass tank? Techniques, links? TIA.
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Old 06-16-2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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i havent but knowing glass and having drilling acrylic...i wouldnt attemp it without the propertools....
they dont drill glass...they cut it....scor it...drilling it will crack it in a heartbeat

my suggestion is to call around to see if a local glass cutter can give you info on this
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Yes, I understand that it will essentially grind a circle through. Just wondering if anybody has done this successfully. What brand cutter was used, approx. feed rate, etc.
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Old 06-16-2005, 04:25 PM   #4
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Runway,
I bought a skimmer from this company and they have a lot of stuff on custom work.

Here is one on the bits they sell:
http://www.wetdryfilter.com/drilling_holes.htm

Somewhere, I think they have a DIY section that discusses the process for doing it.

Especially be careful on the underside, because that glass is tempered...

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Old 06-16-2005, 04:32 PM   #5
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I have messed with drilling scrap pieces before and in the end I took it to a shop that did it. Save yourself the headache and possibly replacing part of your tank.
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Old 06-16-2005, 05:13 PM   #6
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Thanks, David. I found the same site just after posting the question. Yeah, considering I need at least two different sizes, I'll likely just order up my bulkhead holes pre cut.
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Runway, here is a link for drilling tanks...
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hreadid=445481
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Especially be careful on the underside, because that glass is tempered...
You can drill tempered glass but i would not recommend doing it at all unless its done at the manufacture before the glass is heated for strength... That guy on that site only charges $30 for a hole thats not bad at all.
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I tried to drill a 10 gallon tank yesterday using the Dremel method. It broke. I'll try again in a week or so.
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I've drilled 1/2 in. holes before. Go very, very slow and keep it moist. I was drilling the bottom of a tank for a refugium, and just kept a 1/4 in. of water in it while I was drilling. I've heard oil works well too.
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