I rescued 22 panes of tempered glass from french doors that someone was discarding a few years back, and they’ve been sitting in my shop waiting for a project. Now I am planning a wall of built-in shelves over cabinets, and I want to use some of the glass in doors. Sort of a curio effect in the middle of the wall, which I’ll light too. My problem is that I am constrained to the size of the glass, which is not lending itself to the sizes of the doors/openings that naturally fit the project. I do not want to purchase new glass – that would defeat my goal of keeping this project within budget.
So … can I reduce the size of the panes? I tried scoring and breaking one pane a while back, and of course it scared the hell out of me with a loud bang and shattered into a zillion pieces. The glass was for exterior doors, so it may be photo treated as well, not sure. Is there some kind of nibbler that I can use along an edge to work it down slowly, and will that work on tempered glass? The edges will be buried in the door rails/styles so they will not be seen.
I’m open to suggestions –