Glass-Cutting Jig

A top view of the j i g with threecornered file in place across the cradle for cutting a bottle as shown in the photo at the extreme left

How a bottle is rolled on a file is shown above. The position of the cut is fixed by the backstop, which may be adjusted back and forth. A lightweight bottle is cut by rotating fit in the cradle In contact with the broken end of a file held as shown at right


The cutting of a heavy bottle is completed by heating it with a string soaked in alcohol and lowering it in cold water

I T H this simple glass-cutting jig, you can remove the tops from bottles in order to make vases, flowerpots, chemical flasks, and any number of other containers. The wooden base D is 8 by 15 in. On it are mounted two uprights A and C, ¾ by 3½ by 6 in., which form a cradle. The back stop B is ¾ by 4½ by 6 in. The small blocks attached to these three parts are about 2¼ by 3½ in. Upright A and backstop B are adjustable by means of

bolts fitted in slots cut in the baseboard. Slots are provided in A and C to receive a three-cornered file, and A is also drilled at the angle illustrated in another of the photographs to take either a file or a glass cutter. A lightweight bottle can be cut merely by rotating it in the cradle in contact with a file that has been broken off short to provide a sharp edge. For glass tubing, place the uprights close together and use the file lying across them. After this treatment,

bottles having thin side walls will snap apart cleanly and evenly with a, light tap. Rather than chance breaking heavier bottles or small square bottles with thick corners, wrap them twice with soft string at the file mark and soak the string with a few drops of alcohol. Light the string and, when the alcohol has burned away, quickly remove the string and slowly lower the bottle, mouth up, in a container of cold water. I t will separate into two parts with an audible snap.