Tempered glass is one of the most commonly used items in do-it-yourself and home decor projects. People prefer to use glass panels in their home decor and other DIY projects due to its many benefits. There are hundreds of applications where you can use a cut to size glass like glass table tops, shower doors, glass windows, fish aquariums, etc.
However, most of the time, you may need to cut the glass according to your size to use it in any project. Cutting glass is not an easy task and requires proper safety measures, knowledge, and skills to cut it.
Otherwise, it can cause injuries or financial loss if the glass is broken. So it is very necessary to cut glass with proper care. Following are some guidelines to cut glass using simple tools easily at your home.
First of all, here is a list of tools that you may need to cut glass
- Glass cutter
- Hand gloves
- Safety goggles
- Flat surface table
- A large size paper
Before moving to step 1 here first make sure that you have all the safety equipment available because broken glass is dangerous and can cause cuts and injuries if no proper safety measures are followed. Once you have put safety goggles on, now let’s proceed to the first step
Take the measurements of the glass panel and draw them on the glass surface with the help of a temporary marker. Use the ruler to draw the outlines with exact measurements. If you also need to polish after cutting then also add the tolerance to the measurements.
Now lay down the glass on the flat surface table. If the glass is clear then it is a good idea to put plain paper under the glass so the drawn outline can be more visible. In this way, you will be able to cut easily on the outlines because you will be able to see them clearly. Make sure that a glass surface is completely flat and adjusted to its place.
Hold the glass cutter like a pen in your hand and then start scoring the cutting line on the marked measurement lines with the help of the glass cutter. Make sure to draw smooth lines with steady speed and equal force. Otherwise, you will not be able to get a smooth finishing.
Once a glass cutting line is drawn now it is time to break the glass apart according to the cutting line. For this purpose, keep a book under one side panel and apply force on the other side of the panel.
So the glass can break according to the line which you have drawn with the help of a glass cutter. You can also strike one side of the Glass gently. Make sure not to use too much force because it can lead to wrong aligned cutting.
Once the glass panels are cut now it is time to polish the surface to remove any sharp edges. For this purpose, you can use an electric grinder or if you want to do it manually then you can use a grinding paper. Fold the paper around the surface and rub the edges which force until all the sharp corners are removed.
That is all. Your cut to size glass panel is ready to be used.
Caution: Only annealed glass panels can be cut with this method. You cannot cut tempered glass with this method because it requires a special processing machine. So if you are going to cut the glass make sure that it is not tempered.
Or if you need only tempered glass for your usage then you must buy a cut to size tempered glass instead of cutting it yourself. Hope these guidelines will help you to cut a glass panel easily at home without spending too much.