I've done lots of projects with glass and had it cut at my local glass shop.
I am putting an antique medicine cabinet in a house I'm restoring and I
needed new glass shelves for it. There was a new girl at the counter. When
I gave her my measurements, I told her that I wanted 1/4" glass and my
measurements were 3 1/8" by 15. Then she wanted to know what was width and
what was length. I told her that as far as I knew, she had all the
measurements she needed. With some eye rolling on her part, she took the
order and later in the day, I got a call to pick it up and it was fine. I'm
thinking she was just new or maybe a little nagging voice in my head says
*maybe* it makes a difference in what is length or width? I doubt it, but
I'm throwing it out here anyway.
On Sat, 9 Sep 2006 09:36:12 -0500, "Perry Templeton"
Glass can have a grain in it from the manufacturing process although I
doubt most people would ever notice it. You do take this into
consideration in stained glass work but that is usually a different
type of glass.
I grind and polish telescope mirrors and in the process have learned a
fair bit about glass. To the best of my knowledge, properly annealed
and polished plate glass has no grain or direction. In fact the
purpose of the annealing process is to remove strain (there's usually
some residual strain but it's trivial).
My wife did some stained glass work and Perry is correct, some stained
glass is made with ripples or ridges or surface texture. When cutting
that kind of glass one must consider the direction of the surface
texture. But for ordinary plate glass it doesn't matter which edge of
the big sheet you cut the strip from....
Best -- Terry
It sounds like a teenage girl at the cleaners, had to use a calculator to
figure out the change from a $20.00 bill. Counting change up from the amount
of the charges manually was taught in school when I was young, because no
cash register of the day could figure it out and calculators were huge and
expensive (circ. 1950s) and people didn't want to stand around while you did
math on a piece of paper.
Oh, gosh...I LOVE to fu** with cashiers to manipulate change so I can get
quarters back. I get the dumbest looks..they try to give me back the
"extra" and I smugly say..."no, it's right...figure it out". Amid sighing
and sarcastic cash register button punching....I usually quietly comment
what the change will be, they look at me like I have two heads and then when
voila, the register says the same thing...some of them don't know where to
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