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Old 02-03-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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well for any body that has read my found temered glass thread (found glass to be plate) you are familiar with my impending project, which is onhold untill the temps are in 60's no heat in garage.

anyways the tank im working on will be 48"X30"X18"or16" now to my point i have managed to locate some .5" glass that i will cut into 1"X.5" bars to run along the inside of the rim and possibly along the bottom inside.

my question is has any body ever tried this to add more rigidity to the tank faces. and second is there any reason this shoild not be done
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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How are you going to cut your bars? I have always found it very difficult to cut a thin piece of glass. It is 10 times easier to cut a two foot piece of glass in half than it is to cut an inch off one side.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:16 PM   #3
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It's going to be a huge pain cutting all that glass.

One thing you may want to try, score your cuts and then use a small propane torch (a brulee torch would work) to heat up the scored area. Once it gets hot enough it should pop apart on a pretty clean line. Make sure you keep the heat even along the length of the score.

This is the method we used to cut glass quickly and cleanly when I worked at Simon Pearce during college.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:15 PM   #4
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Cutting the glass is fairly simple if you buy the right glass cutting tool. look at how this guy cut his glass http://www.wizardscave.com/aquarium.html this tool that he uses is what you need to cut a lot of glass the right way. I suggest reading some of the website most of it wont apply to you.
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Sorry i must have hit the post reply button twice
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:55 AM   #6
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thats a really good idea i would have never thought to use a diamond blade in my circular saw if i use that to score it and then use the torch to complete the break i should be able to get exactly what I'm after
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:38 AM   #7
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There are tools that are used for stained glass that make the breaks especially straight ones really easy to do.
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:56 PM   #8
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There are tools that are used for stained glass that make the breaks especially straight ones really easy to do.

thanks any idea what the tool is called
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:56 AM   #9
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Let me do some looking online and see if I can find out. It has been a eally long time since I have done any stained glass.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:11 AM   #10
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They are called running pliers. You use them after you have made your score in the glass, and it makes it break clean and straight along your score line. They cost around $10.
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Thanks for the info they should be easy to find at a stained glass shop i hope.
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