I have a small project, and going to cut a square piece of glass,
out of some stock spare glass.
It will be about 14 inches x 14 inches.
Question I have, is how to I slightly smooth the sides of the glass,
and I also want to slightly round the 4 corners as not to be sharp.
Will my dremel tool, handle this? Any of my regular sanders?
It does not have to be anything but roughly smooth, dont need
precision for this job, and basically, this piece of glass will be
underneath a phone and datebook, on a small freestanding cabinet top.
Thanks for any help.
A belt sander will do it, with a fine grit wet/dry abrasive belt and
best to use water cooling if you can manage that too.
Or, try a hand held diamond grit sharpening stone or "file". That'll
smooth glass nicely.
i doubt that you'd get it right the first time using a belt sander. a
diamond or ceramic knife sharpener would work. if electric, when it's not
running. wear gloves if you're not used to handling glass, especially thin
window glass as it is pretty easy to break it. if you're near a place that
sells stained glass, take the glass there and run it over their diamond
grinder. it probably won't cost you anything.
On Tue, 05 Feb 2008 15:30:21 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The Dremel is too fast and the cutoff wheel diameter too small. Get
a block of carbide knife/tool sharpener stone. It is rectangular and
fits quite comfortably in the hand. Use it wet to hone the glass
edge. I recall seeing such a stone in the Dollar Store. If not a
place like Harbor Freight should have it.
I reread you post again. You can use a smooth flat concrete surface
as on your floor. Wet that generously and grind your glass edges
against that. Otherwise put a wet dry sandpaper on same and grind
I only recommended the dremel for making the corners round. It would do that
very easily, and the poster indicates he has access to a dremel already. He
doesn't need to buy anything new for such a small job.
I've done it with 600-grit silicon carbide on a 5" random-orbit disc
sander with no problems. My sander has a dust collection port which,
along with the HEPA vacuum, keeps down the flying dust but eye
protection is mandatory. It could also be done by hand by gluing an
abrasive sheet to a dead-flat surface and rubbing the glass back and
forth over the abrasive.
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