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how can I drill into Ikea aluminum frame to add knobs without breaking tempered glass? Answered

Help! I need to drill into an Ikea aluminum door frame to add a knob. I don't want to break the tempered glass. Thanks


picture? how close is glass to the place to be drilled?

I haven't measured it, but I think I will avoid the stress & glue the knobs on.


epoxy after a thorough cleaning is the most likely to adhere.

the metal is aluminum. what should I clean it with? also, is there a particular epoxy you recommend? Thanks

If it is only for a tiny amount the single packs of Selleys Epoxy work great on glass.
The little packs of glue for your windscreen mirror are incredible too, both for their power and price.
But! I also tried superglue that came with an activator pen for glass and hard to glue plastics.
Once on with that it is on, I actually broke a pane of window glass while testing if I get the glued on part off or not.
Downside is that over time and with exposure to moisture the super glue can weaken.

cleaning with alcohol will remove any oils from fingerprints. If it is possible to rough up with sandpaper only the spot the knob will cover, this might help, too.

Hardware stores oft have several types of epoxy. Read the recommendations on packaging.


2 years ago

Very carefully?

I did some holes using a diamond cutter for tiles.
They only come down to about 4mm but as big as you want.
Basically just a metal pipe with some "frosting" at one end.
The trick with tempered glass is NOT TO USE PRESSURE and drill with running water on the hole area.
But if you want to attempt this by hand you will most definately crack the glass once the last mm or two of glass is reached.

I think you may be onto a loser - tempered glass has a lot of "built in" stress, and I think any drilling is just going to release that stress. It will be quite a bang.

Your best bet is to attach the knob with some heavy-duty adhesive, such as a two-part epoxy or gorilla glue. It would be a good idea to scrape a patch of metal clear of paint, for a firmer fix.

Thank you. I think you have a good point. I'll give it a try.