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    What to do with plate glass?

    I have had 2 pieces of plate glass 32" x 42" in my basement for years. Any ideas on what to do with them?
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    If you don't have need of them for a project, say a glass door display cabinet or the like, the Habitat restore might take them since they are nice large pieces.

    Not sure if they are operating these days, but if they've sat around for years, a little longer shouldn't matter.
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    You could make a nice hot house or two with those.
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    Or list them on Craig's List for free. Someone might have a use for them...
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    Build some windows, or cabinets with glass doors

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    Been there for years? Habitat for Humanity Restore Store, or recycling.

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    Cut down for sandpaper plate for sharpening chisels etc.

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    What thickness? Annealed or tempered?
    Sharp solves all manner of problems.

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    Two questions for Dave,

    How thick is the glass, and can you tell if this is tempered glass?

    Thanks,
    Ed

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    We use them for Friday, after work, couple of beers target practice. Pellet rifles, of course. I would never act so irresponsibly with the real thing

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    You could use them to prepare an area of ground for planting

    Water area to encourage germination of weed and other seeds
    Wait for seeds to germinate

    or place glass over area raised slightly above the ground creating an environment to encourage germination

    Place glass over area
    Glass will exclude water from area and heat generated will effectively fry weeds
    Last edited by Brian Deakin; 04-05-2020 at 5:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Deakin View Post
    You could use them to prepare an area of ground for planting

    Water area to encourage germination of weed and other seeds
    Wait for seeds to germinate

    or place glass over area raised slightly above the ground creating an environment to encourage germination

    Place glass over area
    Glass will exclude water from area and heat generated will effectively fry weeds
    These gardening suggestions are very timely. May give it a shot. Thanks, Brian and Lee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Coers View Post
    Been there for years? Habitat for Humanity Restore Store, or recycling.
    Good suggestion although all local HfH activities have been stopped due to pandemic. Last year, the store was no longer accepting mirrors since breakage and injury risks were too great. This policy is likely applicable to all glass sheets but there is no one to check with at the moment. Thanks for the idea.
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    Cut down for sandpaper plate for sharpening chisels etc.
    How does one cut plate glass and does it make any difference if it is annealed or tempered as some have asked? I already have a scary sharp system although it is much used and scratched all over. I also recently purchased a lapping plate from LV and have a 16" x 42" piece of granite which could be used as well. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny means View Post
    We use them for Friday, after work, couple of beers target practice. Pellet rifles, of course. I would never act so irresponsibly with the real thing
    Your Fridays are much more entertaining than mine!
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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