Kharma, and my thrift store state of mind......

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Blog entry by Hooligan__j posted 01-09-2010 09:55 PM 1287 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago, I was driving by a local thrift store, when I saw this: 100_1991

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?

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 10:36 PM

Shower glass doors should be tempered and it cannot be cut.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 12:24 AM

Will have to check to see if it is tempered, or safety glass, and try to figure it out from there…..looks like maybe I might need to find another use for this part of my find…..

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 06:44 AM

Why not call a glass shop and find out if they can cut it? Does a factory manufacture it to size, or do they manufacture large sheets and cut it?

I guess my curiosity would get the best of me and I’d ask a glass expert. Maybe they can cut it with a special diamond saw blade and water, sort of like porcelain tile, etc.

I hope you can make the best of such great finds!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 07:53 AM

Shower doors are made of tempered glass and cannot be cut. Any attempt to cut it will reduce it to a pile of tiny glass cubes…. Sorry

-- skidiot northern illinois

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 10:35 PM

Did some research, and there are methods for cutting tempered glass, none of which sound anything even close to being DIY. The most common way to do tempered glass is to make the size/shape/ and drill any necessary holes prior to tempering. From my reading the way to cut it is to de-temper it, cut it, then retemper it. The other type of safety glass (the kind that has the plastic in between two sheets of glass, apparently can be cut like regular glass, but you have to be extremely careful while cutting, or else you can damage the inner plastic sheet, and cause chips to slowly form in the glass. Still haven’t gone out to the van to see what type of “safety” glass it is.

But, my thinking now, is along the same lines as lightweightladyleftie.

Thanks Todd, for saving me the heartbreak. And soooooo glad I did not try to maneuver these humongous pieces into a position to try cutting them.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 01:23 AM

Hi Hooligan. I have to echo what the others said. If it is tempered, it cannot be cut. It will shatter in a million pieces if it is hit on the edge with a punch or the surface is cut. See if the literature says it is tempered. If it says nothing call the local Home Depot. Im afraid to stay it but I bet it is for a shower door.

If it was just double strength glass, you can cut it with a glass cutter. I did it a month ago by cleaning the glass real good and then clamping a straight edge to it half the thickness of the glass cutter from the cut line. then I oiled up the glass with 3 in1 oil and it cut like a champ. I clamped the narrow side to the bench and snapped it using the widest part. It snapped real clean.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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