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I have been sorely tempted to buy a glass bandsaw. What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a saw?
1. It makes difficult to near impossible cuts very simple.
2. Cutting dense ripples and drapery glass is a breeze.
3. Because of accuracy, it saves grinding and fit time.
1. A bandsaw is limited to the size pieces you can cut because of the circular blade. With the Speedster Bandsaw and Diamond Laser 3000, the maximum size glass piece is approximately 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
2. It does not take the place of simple cuts. It's much faster to cut strips and simple shapes using a regular glass cutter.
I use an Elmer's craft bond gluestick to secure pattern pieces to my glass. Let dry a few minutes. The pattern pieces remain in place through sawing and grinding. The advantage is that you can cut and grind up to the edge of the pattern easily if a thicker paper is used. The pattern pieces remove easily by soaking finished pieces in warm soapy water for a few minutes. This process has really sped up my timeline for making projects. This is a hint I learned from another glass craftsman.
i use and recomend a Taurus 3 saw fantastic for small work check out some of my fused jewellery www.firehorseglass.co.nz
hi i use rubber cement like the push bike tyre shops use for repairing punctures, it is water proof and lasts stuck until the end of mu cutting i have a taurus 3 saw, the template just rolls off after cutting fantastic check www.firehorseglass.co.nz
I just started using a saw and found that if I covered my sharpie line with crayola white coloring pencil my line stays on threw the whole process,even whenI have to grind.
Interested in a saw. Band saw? Ring saw? Wire saw? Which one??? Am experienced cutter, but have some intricut designs that I'd like to try so trying to decide which type to buy, and what to consider when buying a used one?? (what goes out first?) Thanks!
I tried chapstick and vaseline at other's recommendations. I also tried letting the Sharpies or paint markers dry before cutting. None of those methods worked for me. Then I covered my lines with scotch tape or clear packing tape. Works like a charm! I was told on another Glass Blog that the tape would gum up my bandsaw. I figure it can't be any worse than chapstick or vaseline and probably much better. Tape does not make my water cloudy like chapstick does. I have used this method for two years and my bandsaw is fine. I would love to know if anybody has used the tape method and if it harmed their saw.
For the pattern markings disappearing during cutting with a circle or band saw, try a little , vaseline on the lines to keep it water proof.
I thought I was getting dialed in on a tile making project I have been doing but intermittently my 1 x1 tiles have some surface pitting. What causes surface pitting? Even tiles with no apparent bubbles sometimes get it. I am using a fairly fine frit. Is it true that the finer the frit the worse the bubbles?