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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

OK guys,
I started this project back in 1992. Work and cutting forewood every weekend to heat our house put the project on hold, until I retired the spring of this year. During the summer I built and filled a woodshead that houses 17 full cord of wood to heat our house and my shop.
Anyway, back to my question. When I started fabing the cab, we had an auto glass shop that took care of all our window needs when we were a Case dealer. ( we closed in 1986). They are also gone now.
Over the years I have accumilated a lot of flat glass windows from tractor and truck cabs.
CAN I cut this old glass with a 4.5" grinder with a steel cutoff wheel, to fit my windows, and then fit them with the salvaged rubber moldings that I have saved also?
Loren, the Acg.


 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have cut regular 1/8" house window glass with a hand glass cutter, but I know that won't work on "safety" glass. I'll be interested to see the responses to this thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Never seen safety glass successfully cut. I would add metal to the frame, and use a smaller panel!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have cut some 1/8 glass but it is not that easy. Try looking on you tube
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No - Safety glass must be cut first and then treated.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Loren,
where I work we are next to a glass company and we know the guys well and have a good relationship with them.....If I get time I will go over and ask them for you how you can cut safety glass.....

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think I would use plexiglass, or maybe polycarbonate, or something like that. Fairly easy to machine and not too expensive, yet relatively hard to break. Yeah,I know it scratches. I would try gluing it in somehow--maybe automotive butyl windshield sealer?

There has to be some way of making smaller laminated safety glass windows out of larger pieces. Have you researched cutting safety glass on the internet? I would wonder if there might be some kind of a bandsaw blade with diamond dust that might work with water cooling, but it might be WAY expensive.

Probably the best answers would come from a company that regularly deals with replacing flat glass windows in machinery. Would they work on your old glass? Hard to say. Good luck, it looks like a neat project.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you get no satisfactory information I can get for you the name and number of the local glass shop guy here(Auburn) who does mine. I bought(through him) a whole box of molding, so I would have the right stuff.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would see if I could find a glass shop that would be interested in doing it. I think you can cut glass with a diamond wheel. You would have to be careful and not overheat the glass or it would crack. Been a long time since I been in a glass shop and don't remember what all they told me about working with it.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One time I took and old piece of automotive glass over to a friends house, he was going to help me cut it. We scored both sides real well and then started tapping on it, pretty soon it exploded, there were pieces all over no bigger than a dime, what a mess!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I cut hundreds of flat laminated safety glass for the windshields of the 40's and 50's cars.
It 's so simple a 15 year old can do it (me)in 1955.
Use simple glass cutting tool and cut one side to transferred pattern.
Flip glass trace pattern and cut second side. Break glass on both sides.Use metal oil can with alcohol in it. spray some, burn some. The laminate will melt and you can pull off the scrap.
Grind and buff smooth with appropriate wheels.
Local shop cut and polished a windshield from tinted safety plate for my Suzuki Samurai in about 30 minutes.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hal, plexiglas scraches and not an option for me. BTDT.
Loren, the Acg.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Golrdo,
Sounds like the answer I am looking for. I still have some questions though. I have experience cutting iregular shapes in regular window glass, but not saftey glass.
My e-mail is open, and hope you could elaborate a bit more there.
Thanks, Loren
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If it is safety glass or tempered glass you have to have the know how and the tools to do it or you will have some very small window glass on your hands since it will break into many small pieces
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting salvaged flat glass for a scrach built cab Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Lexan would work good for that
pricey,
 
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