How to Drill a Hole Into Flatware

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Making bracelets, coat hooks, drawer handles or windchimes out of flatware requires drilling a hole in each piece, typically in the handle. To drill the hole successfully, you need a vise to hold the piece steadily as you drill; otherwise the drill bit may catch on the curves and angles on the handle or bowl of the piece being drilled. Wrap the flatware in a soft cloth before clamping it, or it may become scratched or damaged by the vise.

How to Drill a Hole Into Flatware
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Things You'll Need

  • Permanent marker
  • Scrap wood block
  • Small-tipped metal punch
  • Hammer
  • Soft cloths or rags
  • Vise
  • Rotary tool or drill with metal drill bit
Step 1

Determine the ideal location for the hole on one piece of flatware, such as 1/4 inch from the end of a spoon handle, centered. Make a small dot with a permanent marker at this location.

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Step 2

Place the flatware atop a piece of scrap wood so the marked spot faces up. Place a metal punch over the spot and tap it with a hammer to indent the metal. The indentation makes it easier for the drill to stay on track without slipping.

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Step 3

Wrap the center area of the handle with a soft cloth or rag so the cloth is thick enough to protect the piece from the jaws of the vise.

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Step 4

Clamp the wrapped flatware in the vise so the area marked for drilling is in a position convenient for you to reach. Tighten the vise around the cloth until the flatware is secure and doesn't move when wiggled.

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Step 5

Position the drill bit over the indentation in the metal. Use a drill bit wide enough to fit the wire, jump ring, screw or material you intend to put through it, such as a 1/8-inch or 1/16-inch metal bit. Drill through the metal.

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Step 6

Drill through the hole from the other side to remove stray bits of metal and burrs. Repeat the process again from the front, if necessary.

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