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Old 04-09-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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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.

http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/...Jars-4-Opening

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.

http://www.nocleanaquariums.com/

Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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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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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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Old 04-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #5
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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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Old 04-09-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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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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