How to Drill Through Plates

Maybe you have some old vintage china plates and saucers that you would like to recycle? Why not turn them into a pretty cake stand? See the simple steps below to find out how…

What You Will need:

How to Drill Through Plates using Diamond Drill bits

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  • Diamond Core Drill, 4mm (often referred to as Diamond Hole Saw Drills)
  • 1 x dinner plate, 1 x side plate, 1 x saucer or cup (a cup on the top instead of a saucer can be used to hold sweets, a flower posy or small cake forks)
  • A three tier cake stand fitting
  • Cordless drill
  • Sponge and bowl of water
  • An old Towel
  • Masking tape
  • Safety goggles

Step 1

Mark the position of where you require the hole to be with a marker pen (find the middle with a tape measure) and place a strip of masking tape over the top. When you begin to drill the masking tape will help prevent any skittering across the surface of your plates.

Step 2

Soak your sponge in water (keeping a bowl of water to hand in order to top up) and place directly next to your intended drill hole. The purpose of using a lubricant such as water is to ensure the plate and your drill bit do not overheat which can cause your plates to crack and will shorten the life of your drill bit.

Step 3

Place your plates on a towel and start the drill, somewhere between 1000 and 1500 rpm and angle your drill on the masking tape to begin the drilling whilst at the same time squeezing water from your sponge directly onto the drilling process. The angling of the drill will again help to prevent any skittering across the surface. As soon as you begin to cut into the plate return your drill to it’s normal vertical position and continue to drill through, slow to begin with and with little pressure, too much and you may break the china.

Repeat for all three plates/cup

Step 4

With your dinner plate place the washer on and put the screw through.Put another washer on the top and attach the cake stand fittings.Repeat for all three plates/cup

For further help, you might also like to read our article: 12 Things you Should Know about Diamond Drill Bits

What Our Customers Say…

“Your service was fantastic, and the tutorial on how to make a cake stand was absolutely spot on.  My husband and I tackled our vintage plates with our diamond core drill bit and in no time at all we had a really professional cake stand.Thank you so much – eternally grateful to Eternal Tools!”
Sheila King
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