Finally remembered to stop by the local glass and mirror emporium to ask if hey had any scrap plate glass available. The guy said they'd just duped a whole load of it, and what did I want some for, and h ow large. So, I told him abour 4" or so wide and 10-12" or so long, and another maybe around 12"X12". So the guy sent me to the back and tell they guys back there he had sent me, and to ask if they had any scrap glass.
Bottom line, the guys found a nice chunk of glass, cut it, founded off the edges, and then wrapped some plastic wrap around it. Wound up with two pieces approx 5"X16" - my future Scary Sharp (TM) system - and one piece approx 15"X16" - my future light box. Total monetary outlay, zip. Very nice warm fuzzy.
Oh yeah, Kate, I'll probably still be using the belt sander (fine grit) for sharpening my carving chisels. LOL
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