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Old 07-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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I want to use a few hockey pucks as tap handles. Should I freeze them prior to drilling, any particular type of bit?
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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Never done it, but I'd secure the puck in a vise of some sort and drill away. Start with a small bit to drill a pilot hole and then step up the bit sizes until you get the hole you want.

I wouldn't have thought of freezing it first.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:13 PM   #3
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My friend did this as mendesm described. His was frozen, but he kept his pucks in the freezer all the time (I dont play but he claimed warm pucks are slow). So, I don't know if it helped, but it did work.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #4
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I have drilled a few, they make great body mounts for cars. Normal sharp bit, drillpress is all I have ever needed. I have never drilled one on end though, I am sure some sort of vice would help to keep the puck from spinning wildly and breaking your hand.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #5
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I would chill them prior to drilling. Warm rubber would probably muck up the drill bit and you'd have to stop a few times to clear it up.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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Hi

Rumor has it that a sharp bit and fairly high RPM's on the drill are both good ideas. Freezing it (or at least keeping it cold) will certainly reduce the stink while drilling it.

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #7
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You might want to try adding oil while drilling, if it gets too hot.

Or even better, if you can find the right size Spade Bit, that might work best.


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Old 07-06-2012, 07:29 PM   #8
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Thank you guys, this is why I love this site. Can always find folks with good info.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:29 PM   #9
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I've done it twice so far. Spade bit (can't remember the size), no oil and no need to freeze the puck. Works like a charm. Very easy. I glued the threaded inserts (picked up at Home Depot in the hardware section) with plain white (carpenter's glue) and they've been holding tight ever since, mainly because the hole I drilled was smaller than the insert so it grips the rubber. The next ones I do, I'll use better glue though.

Hope that helps.

 
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You might want to try adding oil while drilling, if it gets too hot.

Or even better, if you can find the right size Spade Bit, that might work best.
The spade bit was my first thought when I read the op, which is exactly why I also thought about fixing the puck to a vise, as it may get "stuck" and cause the puck to spin like crazy and cause injury. But a regular bit may not NEED the vise, but my gut tells me it would make more of a stink.

 
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