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Some ideas are so simple and so useful that we wonder why we never thought of them earlier.
We think that this is just one of those ideas.
If you've ever used mosaic tile cutters then you've probably spent some time on your hands and knees picking pieces of glass off of the floor. For a long time we've solved the problem using mosaic cutters manufactured by Paradise Glass Co., Ltd. in Japan. These ingenious cutters have a clever little bag that catches pieces as they are cut. Unfortunately, they are also two to three times as expensive as the common bagless variety.
Here's an alternative that costs less and (we think) works better!
All you need is a standard wheel-style mosaic cutter, two dollars worth of common hardware store parts (shown below), a recycled Bullseye frit jar (or other plastic jar with an approximately 2.5 inch (6.5 cm) opening, and five minutes to put it all together.
Here's your shopping list for the hardware store:
5/8” (#4) Hose Clamp
3 inch (#40) Hose Clamp
1” Corner Brace
Simply assemble as shown in the pictures below and enjoy!