Anyone have any experience drilling bakelite?

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I just got some amazing old game pieces made out of bakelite that I'd like to turn into buttons. I'm not sure if bakelite is terribly brittle and if there are any precautions I should take, or a certain type of drill to use. I would really hate to crack them.

Each piece is about 3" in diameter and maybe 1/4" thick.

Posted at 6:53pm Apr 29, 2009 EDT