Simple and cheap bottle cutter to make cool drinking glasses

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Project by WoodLe posted 01-31-2012 05:47 AM 116093 views 446 times favorited 59 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a bottle cutter that I made to cut pop bottles into drinking glasses. I used a couple scrap pieces of 3/4 plywood, some shower door rollers and a cheap glass cutter from Lowes. Small angle iron was scrap from work. To cut a bottle, #1 adjust the back to make it the length that you want and then #2 just spin bottle over glass cutter till bottle is scored all the way around. After that is done #3 pour boiling water on the score line evenly all the way around and then switch to cold water and back and forth a few times till the top falls off. Bottle should then be sanded with some fine wet/dry sandpaper so it is not sharp. And now you have a pretty cool drinking glass!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 05:50 AM

Very creative good job.

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 05:51 AM

pretty cool

-- Ben L

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 05:54 AM

That is great.

Very imaginative.

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 06:00 AM

that is really really cool. Definitely Making these. Thanks a lot

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 06:24 AM

What a very cool idea! My dad used to do the same thing, only with wine bottles. The green colored ones come to mind. Different approach but same result. Nice jig & great idea for recycling the bottles with a purpose. I may have to add this to my to do list, with your permission of course! Thanks for posting, you brought back a fond memory of my dad & I sharing time in the garage together.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 06:35 AM

The idea is not original with me. Got it from youtube.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 06:38 AM

I was just talking to someone about this today—’cept with wine bottles. Thanks for the timely post. I will have to try it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 06:41 AM

Isn’t youtube great? Such a great way to learn new things. You have a nice web site too! Thanks for the post.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 06:46 AM


I never thought about the hot and cold water for separation.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 07:01 AM

This is a great idea, and much better than the tap-tap-tapping I’m used to doing.

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 07:46 AM

Definitely put into favorites. Now to find some unique bottles, although I know a few people who would like some from beer bottles!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#12 posted 01-31-2012 01:33 PM

Wow, that is really cool!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#13 posted 01-31-2012 01:46 PM

Some of the cheap bottles gave me more problems and didn’t want to break nice. (like the brown glass IBC root beer) One thing that is important is to pour the water evenly around the score line.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#14 posted 01-31-2012 01:47 PM

How cool is this! I have got to try it… Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 01-31-2012 02:11 PM

Outstand idea and great job my friend. Sure to be a weekly hot pick and daily top three. Enjoy your new drinking glasses.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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