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Glass Cutting Advice

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Carole, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Carole

    Carole Well-Known Forumite

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    Does anyone know of anywhere that does glass cutting at a reasonable price?
    I'm happy to travel further afield for this.
    I have two items that I need glass for, both in the garden.
    The first one is for a circular patio table that originally had a glass top with a hole in the middle (to hold a parasol).
    The glass got broken and we need a replacement.

    Quoted price from a few companies £250.

    Second job is for an S shape piece of glass that is also part of a patio set. It's about 4 feet long.
    It's a seat but we want to have a piece of glass on the top so that it will double up as a table top.
    Quoted price minimum of £200 because it's a one off job.

    I'm possibly completely out of touch with current prices but this seems to be very expensive for two pieces of glass. Is this really the current rate or can anyone recommend anyone that can do it cheaper?
     
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  3. Gramaisc

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    They will probably want to temper glass for those applications - I would suspect/hope. That will add to the price and the timescale.

    The hole adds an element of risk that they will need to cover.

    Exposed edges will need attention that will add to the cost, too.

    Curves also add an element of risk and make edge treatments more difficult.

    There are online places that may be worth investigating, especially for the circular item.

    Have a look around garden centres and Katharine House - there is often a tendency to use 'standard' sizes. A full table from China may well cost less than a replacement top made here.

    For the S-shaded piece particularly, does it really need to be glass? Would a perspex piece do the job adequately?
     
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    Carole Well-Known Forumite

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    Yes, it would.
    Where might I get this quickly?
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Unfortunately, all the names of glazing places sound the same to me, but I think this is the one I've used for large perspex items in the past - http://www.sgsltd.co.uk/contact_us.php?pid=8 - off Astonfields Road, in round the back of CEF and the third unit from the end.

    My parts were all rectangular, though - the curves may prove to be an issue.+



    Edit - down here, just past where the white Accord van is - I may have even got the right name...

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.8194031,-2.1143495,3a,32.4y,124.5h,90.88t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s2dPVaH7UIjXnM3ukzQE0JQ!2e0!6s//geo2.ggpht.com/cbk?panoid=2dPVaH7UIjXnM3ukzQE0JQ&output=thumbnail&cb_client=maps_sv.tactile.gps&thumb=2&w=203&h=100&yaw=153.66724&pitch=0&thumbfov=100!7i16384!8i8192
     
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  6. Carole

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    I think I went there, and if its the same place, I was there for ages because the receptionist and I grew up in the same village and we had a right old catch up.
    Her boss gave a quote for glass but didn't mention perspex.
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    It would be ten+ years since he cut my bits - it may be worth asking specifically...
     
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    we got a piece of round tempered glass cut at Bridgetown Glass in Cannock for our front door at a very reasonable price 12 months ago
     
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    Stafford Glazing Services. Unit 8(?) Carver Business Park, Aston-fields (that's who Gramaisc referred to). You'd need either toughened or laminate glass. Perspex wouldn't be very good long term as it clouds & goes brittle. 6mm toughened glass is probably what they'd recommend but it won't be cheap but you'd be getting a quality product from a local, well eastablished family firm. I've used them many times over about 20 for glass, windows & conservatories as well a small repairs etc & always been totally satisfied.
     
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    Indeed, I wouldn't suggest perspex for the table, but for the occasional use that the S-shaped bit might get, it may be suitable and available a bit quicker - plus the toughness would be useful for storage when it isn't in use.
     
  11. Carole

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    Husband doesn't want Perspex, he wants a proper job.
    Bridgetown glass (who are now called something else) couldn't do it at all because they didn't have the machinery and they recommended Brownhills glass.

    So I'll probably go back to Astonfields tomorrow and order the S shaped one for the coffee table.

    I'll give the patio table one a miss for the moment, it's a spare table and only comes out when we have an extra large crowd. The S shaped coffee table will be more in current use.
     
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    Glass patio tables are often available secondhand - keep an eye open - that is likely to be much cheaper than a new piece of glass.
     
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    Try Steve Kenny at Winterwarmth he cuts glass, extremely helpful and friendly
     
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    Wild goose chase.
    Loaded up the S shape table in the back of the car (again).
    Drove to SGS who seemed very surprised when I said that we wanted it done.
    He then said he couldn't store the table, he'd need a template.
    I don't have a piece of cardboard big enough to make a template or any idea where I can get some from.

    Back to the drawing board.
     
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    Can you flatten some boxes and stick them together to create the right size?
     
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    Or cornflakes packets :)
     
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    I suppose i could yes.

    I don't mind driving over if they can do it. Thanks, I'll give them a ring.

    Edit. Just phoned and they want me to e mail a picture to them.
     
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    Send 'em one of those nice ones from Spain.
     
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    Ah, I should have said they'd want a template & not the table. Sorry.
    We had a mirror cut to exact size & shape & just opened & taped up cardboard boxes then cut to the shape/size we needed.
    Make sure your template is accurate because if it's toughened there's no possibility of altering the size once it's cut & tempered.
     
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