Step 5: Making the "Glass Clips"

The "glass clips" as I'm calling them are simply made from short lengths of aluminum angle stock.  The blanks are cut on the table saw - yes, you can cut non-ferrous metal on a table saw - especially with the right blade.  I use a carbide-tipped blade made specifically for cutting metal (and to be honest, it will go through steel as well - as I've found out by accident).  The blade has a grind known as a "triple chip grind" which you will usually see as "TCG" when shopping for blades.  You can see how there is a coffin-shaped cutter, and a squared-off "raker" in the images.  Cutting metal is very loud and has a tendency to throw some sharp chips, so full-face protection is advisable.  Also, be aware that the resulting edges on your blanks are going to be very sharp - so handling them with gloves is a good idea as well.

Once cut to size, the blanks were sanded on one outer face and both edges with a 220-grit belt on the sander.  This may not be necessary, but it makes them look nice.  All edges and corners are then knocked off with a few swipes of a fine-tooth file.

I set up a jig on the drill press to allow drilling the holes quickly and accurately.  I highly recommend using cutting oil or WD-40 to lubricate the bit every couple of operations - it will keep chips from sticking to your bit, result in cleaner holes, and keep you from having to stop so often to clear chips or shavings from the drill bit.  A small plastic measuring cup with a small amount of lubricant works well - just dip the tip of the drill in every other operation, and it will all go quickly.  Lubrication is doubly important for the countersinking operation - you'll get some pretty terrible looking results without it - the aluminum will tend to "smear" more than shear.

After drilling the holes, you'll want to countersink them so that the heads of the screws you plan on using are flush with the face of the angle as shown in the picture.  Once again, I used a cutting lubricant (WD-40), but in this case I used a hand-drill as it allowed me to rock the bit a little to get a cleaner hole.  I think I need a new countersink bit ;)

Once you've sanded the faces and edges, and drilled and countersunk the holes, you'll want to wash the clips thoroughly.  You could use anything that will cut through the oils and lubricants you've used.  My preference is Simple Green at full concentration - it does an amazing job of cleaning all kinds of contaminants off of metal, and doesn't leave a residue when it's rinsed off  - and it's water soluble and doesn't eat up your hands.  Good stuff.  Try to avoid touching these pieces with bare hands until after you've applied finish.
Pretty! Great job &amp; I'ble! <br> <br>Y.
Great project!! Nicely executed. <br>And I agree with you on your TS Disclaimer. The best piece of safety equipment a person has is the one between their ears.
A beautiful project. You mention aluminum angles. Where do those go and and what is their purpose? I don't see another reference to them in the steps. Am I missing it? And what glass clips? Obviously, I know what those are, but where are those positioned? How are they secured? I understand how the keyhole hangers work, but I would have liked a pic or two showing mounting and assembly.<br><br>I already have some tempered glass shelves and have been looking for a stylish way to mount them on the wall. This is just what I had in mind.<br><br>Thanks!
The &quot;glass clips&quot; are made from pieces of aluminum angle stock. I cut them to size, sanded the edges, cleaned up with a file and then clear-coated them (See <strong>Step 5</strong>).<br> <br> http://www.instructables.com/id/Cantilever-Glass-Shelving/step5/Making-the-Glass-Clips/<br> <br> There are more pictures at <strong>Step 8</strong> showing the orientation and installed relationship of these pieces of aluminum angle - or &quot;glass clips&quot; as I call them.&nbsp;<br> <br> http://www.instructables.com/id/Cantilever-Glass-Shelving/step8/Install-Glass-Clips/<br> <br> If you look at the 6th picture on <strong>Step 9</strong> you'll see a fully installed &quot;glass clip&quot; fastened to the support via a screw through the back.&nbsp; <strong>Step 9</strong> is dedicated to the installation and assembly of the shelves and the supports - I think you'll find what you're looking for there:<br> <br> Step 9: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cantilever-Glass-Shelving/step9/Shelf-Installation/
Gerry36 says; <br>This is an excellent instructable, with great attention to detail, as previously noted. The design of the brackets is top class, and the making well thought through.The use of glass for the display is also an ideal choice, and the placing well planned.
I appreciate your attention to detail. Very well done.
Beautiful work and a fantastic ible. Thanks muchly.
Yeah great idea, thumb up !
Great ible, thanks for being so clear and making it look professional. I just ordered some of those Vix Bits, can't wait to use them!
&quot;Elegant&quot; is perfect description!
Amazing effort. Thanks for sharing.
Nice. It looks very good.
Very nice, good work, great ible. Thanks for sharing
love them
The design of your wood mounts, when you could have just opted for plain wood blocks, is really fantastic and they look great.
Outstanding.<br><br>Beautiful effect and I really enjoyed your 'instructable style' and pictures.<br><br>This is like some of the projects that I've created - in our mass produced world - no one will ever know the amount of time and creativity that you put into creating them .. <br><br>They are elegant. Well done.
really nice woodworking. I like it

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