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Drilling holes in clay pots

This is a discussion on Drilling holes in clay pots within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Has anyone had success drilling holes into standard clay pots to use for orchids? What ...

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    Has anyone had success drilling holes into standard clay pots to use for orchids? What type of drill bit do you use? Any tricks to make it not crack?

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    I remember reading somewhere that you should drill with a drill called spade drill or spear-point drill and wet the pot beforehand.
    (I've never done it. There could be more than one way)

    But if you succeed, I will place an order!

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    I did it. I used tile drill bit and set the drilling speed very low.

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    I use a drill press with a ceramic bit .. Gin

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    I have cut slits with a table saw with a diamond blade

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    Wow. Now I have some real questions.
    Did you have to wet the pot first? Didn't some of them shatter? Can I purchase a ceramic bit at a box store and does it work with a standard drill?
    How large of a hole were you successful at drilling? 1/4 inch?

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    I drilled a big hole in a bonsai ceramic pot (about 5cm~2in) but I used a screw driver (the kind for screws with a X head), made a small hole on both sides and then worked slowly on both sides until it went through. Then I slowly made it bigger by increasing it's diameter. If you don't prepare both sides, then when the screw driver goes though the hole, the other side will chip off in big pieces and probably break.
    I kept the pot wet, however this technique may be useless in glazed pots.

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    Great question and answers! Thanks everyone.

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    I kept the pot wet , the bit was from a box store .
    I have a couple of glazed pots would like to try to drill them but hate to shatter them . I think a regular drill would work if the pot will stay put . Has anyone drilled a glazed pot ? Gin

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    I used to be a carpenter, you could use a diamond tip drill bit and wor your way slowly,dont use the hammer drill function of your drill

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