Cutting a Large Sheet of Glass

I often buy my art glass in sheets that are 24″ x 48 inches. While this size is the most economical way to buy glass, these large sheets always intimidated me a bit. Early on I struggled with cutting large sheets of glass. When I went to break the glass on the score line it often went off course. Depending on the size I am cutting, and the space in my workshop, I sometimes use the technique of lifting the glass a bit and hitting the score line on the edge of the table. But this technique does not work well when trying to cut a large sheet in half. For that I use the technique that my father showed me – putting a yard stick under the glass on one side of the score line and applying pressure to both sides. I have been asked about how I do this, so I created my first YouTube video to share. You may notice in the video that when I cut the glass I am standing on a step stool. My table is great for cutting small pieces of glass and building projects, but a tad to high for me to get the right pressure I need for a large sheet. Hence the step stool.

Here it is…

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