Woodworkers build projects every day that require the installation of lites, divided or single-pane. Some then travel to hardware stores to have pieces cut to fit. And while you may take exacting measurements, the store clerk probably isn’t going to adhere to the same preciseness. That could result in cracked panels, or another trip to the store and time wasted. Plus, there are a myriad of glass options to influence the overall appearance of your project. It’s time. Learn the tips to make glazing lites simple.
The great thing about cutting, fitting and glazing lites on your own is that the cost of tools needed is small. In fact, most of these tools are already in your shop. The one item you may need to buy is a glass cutter. The cost of which could be as low as $6.00. Ouch. Of course, you can spend more. Better cutters cost upward of $20 to $40. The primary difference being an oil reservoir, which is not necessary if you want to replace your cutter more often. Another difference you’ll find is that the better the glass cutter, the cleaner the cut (Fig. 1). Is that significant? Not really, especially if you’re planning to cut and fit only a couple of windows or panes.
Putty in Your Hands, Not
Cutting glass is not glazing lites, so there’s more to learn if you want the process to be smooth. What do you use to glaze your lites? If you answer glazing compound, we think there’s a better choice. We prefer Durham’s Rock Hard. For us, Durham’s presents a finished look that better replicates old glazing you’d find in antique pieces. Plus, there’s a simple technique that allows you to tint your Durham’s if you want a closer match to the exterior color of your furniture. Trying to tint the linseed oil stuff is a challenge.