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    Can glass be cut with a diamond blade wet saw? I need some special shapes and my normal supplier wants a small fortune for them.
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    I tried to do this once. It was cutting fine at first, but about a quarter of the way through the glass shattered. I think it was the vibration that did it. If I were to try this again, I would experiment with some cheap glass and I would try to cushion the glass against the table.

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    • #3
      Dan, I cannot answer your question for sure, but will say that the instructions I have for my tile saw specifically say not to cut glass with the saw. I have never tried it though and am not sure the exact reasons. Unfortunately I have never had the need to do so, so I have no other suggestion(s) for you.
      Still enjoying all 10 fingers!

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      • #4
        try here> http://www.dickblick.com/itemgroups-g/glasscutters/ It just isnt safe and NOT worth the risk of cutting yourself, I used tile wetsaws daily I own 4 different wetsaws , and I would NOT cut glass on one.Here is another site> http://www.framingsupplies.com/Glass...assCutters.htm
        Check at your local hardware they will have the old fashioned cheapy cutter too. Or a stained glass supply place.
        Originally posted by papadan View Post
        Can glass be cut with a diamond blade wet saw? I need some special shapes and my normal supplier wants a small fortune for them.

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        • #5
          dan, i don't know the safety issue but the answer is yes, you can cut glass with a diamond wet saw. make sure that the blade is designed for this application and you'll damage less glass and have a better edge.
          why not use just a carbide glass cutter and snap it?

          if the shapes you need are not straight cuts, then a glass cutter would be a better choice over a wet saw. there is a diamond grit bandsaw that will cut curves. also makita makes a cordless 9.6 volt 3 3/8'' cordless saw with a diamond balde and small water supply designed for glass and mirror. great for miter cutting beveled glass trim and also electrical outlets.

          i've personally cut down glass block, toilet tanks and have drilled 1.5'' holes in glass for commercial fish tank installations.

          glad to see you back

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            I used to work at an optics shop and we used to cut everything from plate glass to BK7(optical glass) with an MK wet saw. As long as you use a fine continuous-rim diamond blade and keep it wet it will work fine.

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            • #7
              Thanks guys. Can't just snap it, need inside corners like L shaped pieces. Bought a saw last night, will practice on it.
              info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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              • #8
                Be careful, use a face sheild, and heavy leather gloves. I still don't recommend it tho.
                Originally posted by papadan View Post
                Thanks guys. Can't just snap it, need inside corners like L shaped pieces. Bought a saw last night, will practice on it.

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                • #9
                  papadan, as a hobby I used to make stained glass panels. If you use a regular glass 'cutter' then tap the score from underneath the glass you can watch and follow the break and stop at your intersection, unless you are not using clear or translucent glass. If you need a round cut do the same but then use a diamond grinding bit to smooth out the edge. It's really not that hard to do, just patience and some practice. What size pieces are you working with? You may be able to bring the glass and pattern to a stained glass studio and have them cut it. Good luck...
                  If at first you don't succeed, try reading the owners manual.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by papadan View Post
                    Thanks guys. Can't just snap it, need inside corners like L shaped pieces. Bought a saw last night, will practice on it.
                    Dan,

                    what saw did you buy?

                    just wondering, because i came across this great deal:

                    http://tileyourworld.constructioncom...FLK0036JB.html

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