I wanted to take a closer look, and so quickly (and extremely legally) I turned around and headed back to the store. I love thrift stores, as they appeal to my innate desire to be a (as my wife so lovingly refers to me) spendthrift penny pinching lout.
But anyway, I digress. I drove up to the store, and took a look at the cabinet, and my initial thought (the one that made me very safely, and legally turn around) was it would make a good frame for a pie safe, or could maybe even be refurbed and made into a china cabinet. I was pleasantly surprised to find that although this husk of wood had all of it’s shelves/glass/panels removed, it was solid, and in good condition. Solid oak, and no loose frame “wobble”.
I walked inside to inquire as to the price, and the clerk at the counter told me that they were going to be putting it in the dumpster at the end of the day, and that if I wanted it I could just take it. I could not believe my luck! I said I would feel bad taking it without paying for it, and that I knew the thrift store was run by a good cause, so I would not leave until she took at least twenty for it. I guess she was used to most people trying to haggle her down on a nickel pair of used underwear, and so she looked at me like I was nuts. She even told me that she couldn’t take anything for it, cause her manager did all the pricing and the manager had decided it was trash…..So I looked at the counter, and saw a jar for cash donations….. I threw a twenty in there. I have bad enough kharma as it is.
I started measuring the openings on the cabinet as soon as I got home, and started doing price checks on materials. I felt kind of bad when I found out how much double thick glass is, so decided to not do all the openings with glass. So I went ahead and bought the .25” plywood that I am going to cut to fit the side panels (nothing fancy).
But then, I guess my kharma is getting better, cause I stopped by Ye Olde Home Despot, and was looking through the clearance stuff they keep on the loading zone side, and found a set of double thick glass shower doors, that were long enough for the front doors of the cabinet…. and wide enough that I might be able to do the sides too…….and here’s the best part: original price of the shower doors: $269.00; Clearance price (because they were missing most of the hardware that would be needed to install them as actual shower doors) $16.00.
So I got some work to do. Does anyone know the correct method for cutting double thick glass?