OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

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OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by cjb » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:43 pm

I need to drill two holes in this pail. One about 1" diameter in the bottom, and a second one about 1/2" diameter near the top.

I expect this coating will want to crack and/or chip — any suggestions for doing a neat job on this?
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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by Angmar » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:02 pm

I have used porcelain bits in the past, starting small and going up. Easy does it kind of thing.
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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by Henry K. Lee » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:21 pm

Using a small grinding stone in the area to be drilled down to bare metal is the key. Take your time and she will come out great.

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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by Rich Bingham » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:47 pm

Just nosey . . . why do you want to drill holes in that pail ? Enamelled steel articles aren't easy to come by. Would something else do ?
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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by cranejon » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:07 pm

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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by modelt46 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:17 pm

I use a diamond coated glass drill bit.You will want to run cooling water when using a glass drill bit.

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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by cjb » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:58 am

Thanks all for your comments. I'm going to start with Henry's suggestion.
Rich Bingham wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:47 pm
Just nosey . . . why do you want to drill holes in that pail ? Enamelled steel articles aren't easy to come by. Would something else do ?
HI Rich — I need the look of porcelain and an intact inside coating for this project. I'll post some photos when complete (a month or two).

This pail is indeed in nice shape but may not be as old as it appears. The material is fairly light and the label has a newer look to it. A bit of online poking around suggests this piece dates back to the '50s. I combed a couple of antique malls yesterday looking for this sort of thing and was surprised how much enamelware is still around.
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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by hpetrino » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:09 am

I'd use a diamond coated bit as Daryl suggests. I've used them on similar things recently and they work well. Just keep a spray bottle of water handy and cool it regularly.


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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by Scott_Conger » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:13 am

Still a shame to drill a hole into something so nice that a collector would likely display...label and all.
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Re: OT: How to drill a neat hole in an enameled pail?

Post by Tmodelt » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:33 am

I am not endorsing any store or product, but Lowe's sells a rattle can of paint that resembles the blue enamel campware. I haven't used it yet but plan on picking up a can to tryout the next time that I pass one of their stores.

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