Make Your Own Professional Strip Cutter

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Sample Instruction Page:

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Sources for Parts:

As of February 9, 2010 all parts in the strip cutter plans were available locally and online from Lowes (www.lowes.com).

Most parts are available from any hardware store.  The spacers (slider guides) availability (if you do not have access to a Lowes) are Hillman Group part number 59657-G.  Their phone number is 1-800-800-4900.

McMaster-Carr (www.mcmaster.com) offers an alternatie spacer that should work - but has not been tested and is priced significantly higher than the Hillman spacers.  Search for part number 92415A156 on the McMaster site.

If you use the McMaster spacers - or find another workable alternative - please send us an email (selelct the "Contact" link from the "About Us" menu above) letting us know so we can share the information with others.

 

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Question on strip cutter

Does your cutter design assume/require the use of the morton cutting system backplate?  I do not prefer cutting on this type of surface.

Strip Cutter

Looks great...will it cut diagonals??

Great Thanks

Looks great! Thanks for sharing.....

You can cut angles using a

You can cut angles using a right-angle guide.

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

No -the morton board is not

No -the morton board is not required at all.  Any surface on which you can slide the glass works fine.  Carpet and MDF are both suitable.

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

Strip cutter

Very impressive demonstration. Looks like it would be a great help. Thanks for sharing the plans.

If you purchase the plans,

If you purchase the plans, the link for your download will appear in two places:

- on the purchase confirmation page

- in your confirmation email (which should arrive shortly after completing the purchase)

If you don't see the email, please check your spam folder.  If it isn't there, simply email me ("paul" at this website address) and we'll fix it.  Thanks!

Paul

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

Strip Cutter

I finished building my strip cutter last weekend and it is great. I am super fussy about precision and this is just the ticket. The guy at my local Ace Hardware (we don't have a Lowe's or Home Depot within 100 miles) thought I was nuts as we gathered up all the pieces but in the end I'm the winner because this thing works!

One suggestion: If you need to bore out the piece that slides on the rod, skip using a drill bit with sandpaper and use a dremel with a grinding head of appropriate size. I worked really well for me and was much less hassle than the drill/sandpaper combo.

Thanks for a great tool!

http://www.charanderson.com

Morton grid

I would like to use the Morton grid as you did. Do I need to add a spacer under the rail mounts to account for the extra half-inch of thickness of the grid? Or does the cutter "correct" for use with or without the grid due to it's bearings? Tom

Cost of Parts

This looks great.

What is the appreximte cost of parts from Lowe's?

Price of plans Strip Cutter

The last sign you hold ups says $10. for the plans, but your website charrges $15!

Sorry for the confusion -

Sorry for the confusion - the video was posted 18 months ago.

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

Link not working

Ann of Gannet Glass

I was interested in buying a copy of the 'how to make' notes for this strip cutter, but the link to the payment site seems to be broken.

Professional Strip Cutter Plans

I have a large project and would like to get started but the payment link is broken.  Do you have another alternative?

 

Bob

Sorry about that Bob - it is

Sorry about that Bob - it is fixed now.

Page problems

Hi , im interesting in buy this strip cutter manual but when a push the "buy now" buttom, the page send me to buy a cold worker book. Can you tell me how to buy the strip cutter instructions?

Morton NOT required. The

Morton NOT required. The strip cutter can be attached to any surface that will take a wood screw (including bare wood or carpet on top of wood).

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

Problem with 'buy' button

I would also like to buy the plans, but the button just takes me to a page where I can buy a cold-working book... please help!!

Regards

Sorry about that - the link

Sorry about that - the link is fixed.  Or you can just go here:

http://fusedglassbooks.com

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

Strip Cutter

I'm having a hard time finding the Slider body/arm connector(brass reducer coupling)

. I purchased the compression tee per the instructions along with the Brass reducing coupling.    The threads on the compression tee, do not work with the Brass reducer coupling threads.   Home Depot and Ace Hardware were my sources for all the supplies.    Where did you find a brass reducer with the correct threads? One young man at Ace told me there was no such animal.

 

The brass reducer coupling

The brass reducer coupling is not a true fit with the compression tee - but you should be able to tighten it on a couple of threads.  This wouldn't work (obviously) for plumbing - but works fine for the cutter.  You can add a bit of epoxy for insurance but it isn't really required.

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

Strip Cutter Mounted To ???

Can the strip cutter mount direct to the waffle grid of Morton Board? Or does it require a seperate mount that resides around the edge of the board? I have limited work space and trying to determine if this will fit. Thanks!

Solutions

I used a drill and tap to mount the pipe directly into the 'T'. Don't know yet if the resulting shorter length will have any impact; I'll post once I've tested. Anybody wants pix or details, let me know.

board size for cutter

I have all the parts to put the strip cutter together. What size board is the norm for this?

board size for cutter

I have all the parts to put the strip cutter together. What size board is the norm for this?

Strip Cutter Comments

Hi Paul / All,

 

I purchased your plans a while back and ;maybe even downloaded them when you first posted them for free once upon a time....anyway,....I finally pulled the trigger on purchasing the parts and attempting to put this together.....I haven't finished yet but the bugaboo I ran into was taking the 5/8 compression T (2)  and then trying to screw on the Slider Body Arm Connector.(7).  Knowing next to nothing about plumbing parts....but figuring they should go together more than half a thread turn, I moseyed back to my local Home Depot and the guy there....oddly enough seeming pretty knowledgable...said that compression fittings and pipe fittings don't play well together....there apparently is a disconnect on their respective threads....did you have to reef the two parts together with a monster pipe wrench ?... I assume once connected even with stripped threads...it will be good to go....as it won't have to be taken apart ever again....but I was wondering if among your audience anyone else had run into this problem... ???  thanx,  Randy Hunter

That's normal. Just force

That's normal. Just force it. You can had a his bit of epoxy if you want.

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

Confused on what is the base

George McGinn

In Your Tube Video it seems the strip cutter is on a Morton Base cutting grid (perhaps over a backing board) with the ruler edge on top of the Morton plastic. I cannot see the ground clamps in the video. But the instructions (I purchased on 6/9/2014) seem to show the Ground Clamps attached directly to a flat base, wood perhaps. Now the ground clamps set the height above the work surface. As I understang glass cutting, the cutter head should be at 90 degrees to the glass for a good score. So when the cutter arm comes down onto the glass and the head touches the glass, the cutter arm should be parallel to the glass and the head at 90 degrees to the glass.

Questions: If a Morton Base is used, are the ground clamps and the ruler both attached to the Morton plastic grid with screws going into a base below the grid? Or is the ruler on the Morton (as it must be to measure correctly) but the ground clamps off the Morton Base and attached directly to the base below.

What is the cutter assembly attached too?

I would like an answer to the above question as well. Is there another place on the site to get help with building this cutter? I just downloaded the instructions and I'm confused about the cutting base as it was not mentioned in the shopping list or the instructions.

 

There isn't a prescribed

There isn't a prescribed work surface because I have found that different artists have different preferrences.  Some like carpet, others like morton boards, and some prefer a simple hard surface.

You can put any work surface under the strip cutter - but you'll need to raise the rail by an amount equal to the thickness of the cutting surface.  The easy way to do this is to use washers and/or nuts under the rail stand bottom (the step illustrated in Figure 16 in the ebook). You may need to use longer wood screws in that step.

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

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