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Snap a sharp line in glass

Glass-breaking jig saves trips to the glass store.

Having four daughters and three grandchildren, I am forever making picture frames. Usually these frames are not a common size, so I started to cut my own glass with mixed results. Finally, I made the glass-breaking jig shown to provide uniform pressure for a clean break. On one of the plywood layers, I glued a 1/16x1" scrap of plastic countertop laminate.

To use the jig, clamp it over the glass sheet, leaving just enough room for the glass cutter. After scoring, reclamp it next to the score line, and snap off the extra glass.

-- Karl Mueller, Fairport, N.Y.


Comments (1)
brianalt wrote:

That's a good jig for snapping glass, but instead of holding down the glass with a bare hand as shown in the above illustration, one should, at the minimum, be wearing a leather work glove. I like to place a thin piece of plywood over the glass to help hold it down before snapping the glass. Just a little safer that way.

9/23/2011 09:36:09 AM Report Abuse

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