Anyone build a work bench/station for stained glass?

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Forum topic by woodetal posted 10-21-2020 03:19 PM 360 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2020 03:19 PM

As the weather turns, COVID issues remain and indoor projects other than puzzles have opened the door to making some stained glass panels for an installation in fixed sidelight windows. SO, have any of you built a work station for stained glass construction? I have plenty of space indoors to fit the use. Access to power and good light and a view of the TV. I was thinking of placing sheet plywood to cover the floor area, a torsion box frame, 2×4 or 2×6 frame with a 4×8 or 4×6 sheet on top. A sheet of ply for the working surface. From what I know, the materials are not that heavy, no real pounding on the surfaces and the need to nail/tap sets into the work surface. After the project is done I want to knock it down and place a dining table there. Thoughts welcome. Best, Brian

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#1 posted 10-21-2020 03:34 PM

Hello Brian, I also do a little stained glass, my icon is one of my projects I am currently working on. Although I have been too busy this Summer to finish it, I will get back to it this Winter. I don’t have a dedicated bench to work on my glass projects. It is recommended to use non textured linoleum supported by a solid flat surface as your cutting surface. You should also make an assembly jig so your work is square when you assemble your project.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#2 posted 10-21-2020 03:59 PM

Vinyl over the ply makes sense. I will definitely do that for the glass cutting surface. I have made many Stickley/Mission style pieces. I made lamp shades with mica inserts. I have a prairie style floor lamp/shade planned once i get the basics of the glass cutting down. Nice work on the Icon butterfly.

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#3 posted 10-21-2020 04:06 PM

The glass maker at work when he was there used a standard work bench. You can look him up “Stew langers Glassmaster studio”...

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#4 posted 10-21-2020 04:35 PM

Check Craigslist, offerup etc for a workmate

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#5 posted 10-21-2020 05:10 PM

Most glass assembly tables have a fixed corner to work against and a surface that pins can be inserted into to hold the pieces tight when soldering the lead or copper.

Some folx use a grid or a full size copy of the plan as a background.

Drafting tables are sometime used to allow tilting of the work surface.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 10-24-2020 03:18 PM

A buddy of mine used the back of 2’ x4’ ceiling tiles. With”T” shaped pins holding stuff together.He worked on an old kitchen table, nothing fancy…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#7 posted 10-24-2020 03:22 PM

When our glass guy did these he put it in the middle of the table and cut, sanded and fitted. Then he soldered them in place. If you check out the Web site you find he’s not a hobby glass worker….

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