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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2013, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Drilling a "clear flint glass" jar?

I am working on an idea for a planted shrimp jar and was wondering if anyone had any experience drilling jars?

This is the jar I'm looking at but I really have no idea if drilling it would be possible while maintaining structural integrity.


It would be drilled nearer to the top around or just below where it starts to round.

I am going to attempt something like this with it, hopefully.


Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2013, 08:33 PM
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Jars are usually if not always tempered, so there's a good chance of it shattering when you drill it. Just be super careful, use lubrication to cool the cut and try it.
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Why not try and do that with an Acrylic jar or cylinder.

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Originally Posted by starfire12 View Post
Why not try and do that with an Acrylic jar or cylinder.
If I could find an acrylic jar I would definitely get it.

I thought about this jar: http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/...ide-Mouth-Jars but I'm just not sure about the quality of the plastic with extended use and livestock.

It would need to be something somewhat portable also as I plan to take it in an RV sometimes, which is why I was looking for something with a lid.
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Personally I have never encountered a jar made of tempered glass, so I would guess that you are safe to experiment. Though I don't see a traditional bulkhead fitting working on a rounded surface as you propose; you might want to find a square jar like the original you are emulating. Or (assuming the bottom is perfectly flat on the inside = no issues with bulkhead gasket seal) you could drill through the bottom and run the drain pipe down through the stand.
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If you have access to a drill press use that. Moving a hand drill laterally will cause it to break. Also just like a wet saw, use water to clear the debris away and keep it cool. Don't forget the heavy gloves and eye protection!
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