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elang0721
drilling inset into slate tile?

I am in process of finalizing the purchase of an older home in need of complete reno. Plan on starting in the bathroom to make the wifey happy. I am planning on installing slate tile and was wondering if it is possible to drill shallow insets into the tiles for pennies? The pennies are from a saved collection we have been putting together and I thought it would be nice touch to add to our new home. Thanks for any insight you may provide.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: drilling inset into slate tile?

Welcome to the forum,

Slate tiles, like all natural stone needs a deflection of no less than L720 for proper support, along with 2 layers of plywood totalling no less than 1.25" installed in a specific manner. Of course if you are going over SOG, you can skip that part as long as you have the proper expansion joints.

Yes, you can buy a diamond core bit to make plugs where the pennies would be inserted. Use Laticrete 310 epoxy to set the pennies.

Re: drilling inset into slate tile?

Aren't you supposed to put something over the tile before you drill to further ensure no cracking?

I've heard a piece of tape can help but you're definitely the expert, Houston!

dj1
Re: drilling inset into slate tile?

Slate tiles are usually thin and brittle. Just be patient and don't break them.

elang0721
Re: drilling inset into slate tile?
dj1 wrote:

Slate tiles are usually thin and brittle. Just be patient and don't break them.

Is there another flooring tile material that may be easier to perform this on. I thought I read something about porcelain tile being solid color throughout. Thanks for the insight.

Mastercarpentry
Re: drilling inset into slate tile?

Any kind of real tile is going to be brittle in nature so just go with what you like- you're going to need to bore slowly with any of them. Keeping the bit and tile cool will help- on walls use a spray bottle of water and an old towel on the floor under it. Spritz as needed. On floors (or any tiles not yet laid) create a 'dam ring' of clay to contain the water to where you're working. Roll the clay into a 'sausage', form a ring and press it in place around where you're working.

And please post pics when you're done- we love to see other people's creativity!

Phil

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