How to Drill a Magnet

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The wonders of science never cease to amaze. For those of us who are easily impressed, magnets still exert a tremendous force on us. Though students are aware of what happens when you chase one magnet with another, few are aware of what happens to a magnet when you drill a hole through it. Does it open a wormhole? Does it give birth to a black hole? No. But the end results will surprise the curious and astound the skeptical.

    Put your eye protection on.

    Clamp the magnet into a bench vise, leaving about an inch of the magnet exposed. Use a magnet that is about an inch in diameter or an inch square.

    Fit your drill with a 3/16-inch bit.

    Place the bit firmly against the magnet and activate the drill.

    Push the drill bit through the magnet.

    Things You'll Need

    • Eye protection
    • Bench vise
    • Magnet
    • 3/16-inch drill bit
    • Hand drill

    Warnings

    • Always wear eye protection when you use a drill.

About the Author

Analise DeCuba is an artist and writer living in Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts. DeCuba has also taught studio art and art history at the college level.

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