Cutting mirror/glass?


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What is the best way to cut mirror and/or glass cleanly into a square?
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stryped wrote:

With a glass cutter.
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dadiOH wrote:

and use a square.
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The same way that was discussed in a thread barely two or three weeks ago. DAGS, you'll find it.
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Have your local glass/mirror supplier do it for you. You aren't going to save much cutting it yourself, one broken piece and you're losing money.
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This should do the job.
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Most hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot & similar places will cut mirror/glass square and to size while you wait. They use professional equipment that aligns the glass cutter on rails. You can do it yourself with a glass cutter and square but you need experience to obtain accuracy and squareness. It will likely cost you time & materials before success.

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wrote:

glass. The excuse I got was that they couldn't find adequately skilled help to operate the cutter. I think they're just trying to cut costs and not provide any service. Either way is an interesting comment on the state of the retail business in the US.
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cdo wrote:

Maybe a comment on the state of HD, but I don't think it's quite indicative of the industry as a whole.
HD is a materials wholesaler geared towards a small consumer. You won't find plate glass it huge sheets - just glass that'll fit in Joe Homeowner's car. What's HD's incentive to cut the glass? It's really just a liability for them without much of an upside. If they don't cut it, the odds are pretty good they'll sell a glass cutter as well.
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Any flat glass shop would cut it for you at a reasonable rate and you don't have to worry if they break it they replace it at their cost. I worked as a glass installer for a few years.

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Al wrote:

As would most hardware stores. HD has its place, but it's by no means one stop shopping unless you really don't care about your materials, or don't know any better.
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sections 3,4,5 of <http://www.warner-criv.com/techtips/tools.aspx
I used a lighter fluid (heptane) & WD-40 combo for lube..
I used a level on "spongy fabric" as a straightedge after measuring offset of spinning wheel center to edge. The ~1" thickness of the level guided the 1-3/8" high flat edge of the cutter along perfectly perpendicular. I would recommend this orientation. Held it at 90 degrees and pulled toward me. The balled handle had a flat. Started 1/8" in from edge, and finished pulling through, which did leave a 1.5mm chip, which will be hidden.
Looked with magnifying glass and couldn't see the score line after one score (I thought of lifing 15 lbs. off ground)
Used a plywood sandwich on TS edge, and gloved hand in center of waste about 3" away (at end) and it snapped apart perfectly.
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see "cutting mirror glass" 05/03/2006 10:27 pm
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