Is there any way to cut toughened glass.
I have a dozen toughened (not laminated) glass shelves that are 48"x12" I
need them to be 40"x12"
what would happen if I used a stone cutting disc in my 10" angle grinder
(using lots of water)?
Personally I think the glass will just shatter, however I am quite reluctent
to pay £150-£200 for new glass when I have these bigger sizes lying around
I believe you would have to heat the glass, then let it cool slowly (the
opposite of the toughening process) then you should be able to cut it. You
could ask in a windscreen place that does commercial/industrial work, as
they cut glass to size for tractors etc.
I used to write s/w to drive such machines. One of my colleagues brought
back from a visit to a customer a piece of 1.5" thick stainless steel
that had been cut with a water jet - now _that's_ showing off :-)
I don't work for the s/w house anymore, although I could certainly find
out who their customers are, but a quick Google (.co.uk) threw up a
shedload of matches.
Bear in mind though that machine time is probably charged out at well
One other point, the existing shelves probably have bevelled and
polished edges which are done before the glass is tempered so you would
end up with 2 (or 4) sharp square edges which couldn't be bevelled. All
things considered, having new ones made would likely be the cheapest and
most convenient option.
Many thanks to all who replied, I thought it was imposible, and everyone on
this group seems to agree with me.
Will just have to get my wallet out and by new :-(
One day I might find a use for the dozen 48"x12" 10mm thick toughened glass
shelves, I think I have had them for 20 years now, will probably have them
taking space up in the attick for another 20 years, maybe I could leave them
in my will to someone I don't like so they can pointlessly store them for a
life time........wish I could just bin stuff off!
Well, at 10mm thick you should be able to stand a baby elephant on them
with supports at either end only based on the demo I saw on Grand
Designs (repeat on UK Style) last - they had Kevin McLeod (sp?) walking
over a ~1 metre span of 4mm thick. Given that, you could always copy
Blackpool Tower, where they have replaced a section of the floor of the
viewing platform (~500ft up) with a glass panel
See the bottom of the page
No, I haven't been up it, I hate heights, I get dizzy wearing 2 pairs of
As the site says, the CN tower glass floor is rather higher - 1122' up in
fact. The ground is so far away, it's rather unreal. Up at the highest
viewing platform (1465'), multi-storey condos on the lake front look like
Lego blocks, and planes taking off from the local airstrip don't ever seem
to reach eye-level.
The lift up is a real knee-trembler.
Oh. I changed planes at Toronto once, didn't see it. Perhaps it ws too long
I remember seeing the Chicago one - again from the airport.
Sounds as though I'm very well travelled - I'm not! Both the above happened
on the way to or from Seattle :-)
I didn't go in the restaurant, can't remember why. But there are some great
eating places in Seattle. Were, possibly.
I went to Microsoft HQ in Seattle for a couple of days about 10 years
ago, didn't get to see the town.
I understand that they have some great fish restaurants there.
Sending email to my published email address isn't
guaranteed to reach me.
Fabulous. I was taken to many - not just fish ones - and only one
disappointed me, a Japanese one. I was taken by people of taste and
discriminations though, there were fast food and nasty-looking places there
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