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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Tacoma, WA

    Glass plate for lapping...

    Just wanted to throw this out as an FYI.

    Before I got my granite plate, I used glass for lapping all my hand tools.

    I found a very inexpensive way to get tempered glass.

    I went down to my local glass company and explained what I was looking for (tempered glass for sharpening my tools) and they gave me a piece for free. When they temper glass they usually do a couple more in case one breaks during the process.

    The glass I got for free was for the windows in a fireplace. It measured 4 1/2 x 12 inches. Perfect for me when I was doing plane blades and chisels.

    This is also a good way to get discounts on glass for projects, especially if your project can work around the size of the glass a little. Since they sometimes have these extra pieces from larger projects, they offer them at reduced prices. A lot cheaper than special ordering tempered glass.

    Just thought I'd share! All have a great day!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Yep, I use a couple of pieces I got they are thick, about 1/2" and are from a bank door, so they are strong and flat, and yeah, cheap
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Topeka KS
    FWIW i just use a piece of MDF. its flat and easy to find, not to mention cheap
    Als ik kan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Glass plate for lapping...

    I have been using a piece of 3/4" plate glass for my honing. I got it years ago from a glass shop friend (has one chipped edge, not sharp), all the edges had been polished prior to the chip, and it was free.

    Works for me.

    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

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