Is old window glass worth saving?

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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 01-20-2013 02:27 AM 1413 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2013 02:27 AM

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Over the years I have accumulated about 20 pieces of old window glass of various sizes. I was wondering if it was worth keeping. I heard somewhere that it is harder to cut old glass than new.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 02:54 AM

Jesse, if it is the old stuff, the kind that has bubbles and/or waves in it, it is valuable to some people. If it is just regular old glass, not worth much. Also, old glass, in my experience, is easier to cut cut as it is somewhat thinner than newer glass and makes snapping it easier.

I suppose it would be worth keeping if you envision doing a project that uses it sometime in the future. My pack rat style would keep it :)

-- Mike

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 02:57 AM

No it is not any form of antique glass. It is 10-15 year old glass I ended up taking out of windows. I need to decide if it is worth building a new something to store it in case I ever need it. Part of me hopes that the answer comes back that old glass is hard to cut / break and that would give me an excuse to throw it out.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 03:13 AM

If you’ll never use it, its not worth keeping. If you will ever use it it is.. master of the obvious I know :D

Seriously that’s about the best answer I can give, it will work fine for any projects you’d need glass and unless its tempered (moderately unlikely in window glass) it should cut fine (tempered glass will crumble when you try to cut it).

If you aren’t going to use it look for a local rebuildit or habitat store to donate it to unstead of throwing it away (or craigslist it if you’re motivated enough).

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 03:20 AM

I’m thinking that glass gets more brittle with age. Old glass is likely more of a hazard than anything else. Some guys use a glass plate (likely tempered) for a sharpening surface but granite surface plates are flatter and not as easy to break.

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