Cutting pieces of Coral

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Blog entry by DouginVa posted 08-17-2012 12:49 AM 1766 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Does anybody have experience in using coral (from the ocean) in furniture or wood projects? I am making a box for my brother and his wife as a thank you for letting me stay at their home in Hawaii. I collected a few pieces of coral from the beach and had an idea to use it as a lid pull/knob for the box lid.

I though I’d cut the piece I wanted, grind the bottom flat, drill a small hole in it’s bottom and secure it to the lid with a small screw. But I don’t know how it will handle being drilled or having a scew driven in to it.

Anybody have any experience with this?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 01:34 AM

I’ve never tried but also have some from when I was in the Navy. Can’t wait to hear if anyone has done this and how. Thanks for posting.


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#2 posted 08-17-2012 01:49 AM

I made some coral hand grips for a revolver many years ago, and I think I had to use the router and a couple of bits for it.

Cutting coral is like trying to cut a tooth from a shark. That stuff is hard!

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 02:52 AM

try a diamand grinder to cut it. might try drilling it with a dremmel and a burr to make a hole epoxy thereded rod in hold it with a nut

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 08:17 AM

You might be on to something here Stan. Thanks.

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 02:55 PM

If you have a wet tile saw, I would try that first to cut it and masonry bit to drill it.

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#6 posted 08-18-2012 05:29 PM

Well, I tried Stan’s recommendation and used a Dremmel with a diamond wheel and it cut like butter. Except, if you don’t like the smell that comes out of your mouth when the dentist is drilling, don’t do this….....that’s exactly how it smelled. But it did go through the coral like a hot knife through butter.

The particular piece of coral I was using didn’t leave much to it’s base for drilling so I didn’t attempt that for fear there wouldn’t be much left. Maybe on a future project with a beefier piece of coral.

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