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[Killietalk] Straight cuts for glass
To make a straight cut with a glass cutter put a straight edge on the glass (such as a ruler or other true straight edge) and clamp it down. You do not need to do it freehand unless you are making curves and then you can cut some light duty board to act as pattern and clamp that in place to help you to get the right cut.
Thanks for the tile cutter tip Bill. I have been saving window pane glass
for small tanks, but all of my practice cuts have been just a little less
than straight. I am going to try the tile cutter!
On 8/18/08, Bill Shenefelt <billshenefelt at hotmail_com> wrote:
> A ceramic tile cutter (about $20) makes a nice straight cutter for glass,
> especially plate glass. Gives easy straight edges, seldom fails to make a
> good cut., and acts as a nice square. You can trim 1/2 inch from the edge
> of 3/8 plate with it. Tough to do that by hand.
> I sand edges using a belt sander (nice Ryobi tool, lays upside down).
> Quick, easy and can round corners well tool. I hate the fact that most
> tank manufacturers make the inside lip either too small or different sizes
> so it is best to oversize the lid to lay on top rather than try to fit the
> recess. You can cut one edge or end of the glass about 2 inches short for
> second piece to the lid and make a hinge using aquarium silicon and a tab
> for easy feeding access. Using a standard Red Devil glass cutter you can
> easily make gentle curves to match a bow front if wanted. A curved notch
> filled with a piece of fiberglass window screen or white plastic mesh used
> for projects can be used for needed openings and that does not require a
> diamond cutter for holes.
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