drilling through wrought iron


Old 12-13-13, 02:16 AM
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drilling through wrought iron

I bought a used wrought iron chandelier and I'd like to drill a few very small holes in places where the cord is not running through in order to add a jumpring and a crystal. We have only a basic cordless drill. Do we need a more high powered drill? What kind of bit do we need, and what sort of oil do I put on the area in order to cool it?

Very much a DIY beginner, TY for your help.
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You MAY need a corded drill but at the very least make sure you have a freshly charged battery to start. I don't know what you consider as being a "very small hole" but anything much larger than about 5/64 inch will likely require drilling a "pilot" hole first and then stepping up to the final size. The bigger the hole the slower the drill should turn.

You will need to use a "high-speed twist drill" and you should use a sulfurized cutting oil for lubricant and cooling the drill bit. Do NOT use ordinary lubricating oil and do not let the drill spin but apply sufficient pressure to get it cutting from the start.

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