When you buy the kit they include the glass rods. I had to have some friends drill the glass rods so I don't know what sort of drill they used. I would strongly recommend using the soft 1/8 diameter silicon tubes to hold the flies (see the corkboard plate). They are much easier to work with than glass and they attach easily to the background with a bit of superglue. For what it's work, I was in a card shop yesterday day and found a deep frame which would be suitable for mounting flies for about $20. Put it on my Christmas list. I've mounted some classic atlantic salmon flies and some spey flies. Am working on plates for hairwing steelhead flies, Roderick Haig-Brown flies, Harry Lemire flies and maybe a plate of Ken Sawada tube and waddington shank flies.