A few weeks ago my wife and I saw some interesting wine bottle lamps and after one glance at the price tag, instantly thought to ourselves "we could totally make this!" As i did some research though, I found that cutting the glass wasn't going to be as straight forward as I thought. I had seen plenty of videos all with completely different methods; some people wrapped a flaming piece of string around the bottle, others took a file to it, and some simply scored and snapped. I think all of them had the right idea, but i couldn't find both a reliable method for consistent cuts AND an adjustable platform on which to cut various shapes and sizes at different points on the bottle (unless of course you wanted to shell out upwards of $50...but I just wanna cut glass here people not build rockets!).
So, in true instructables fashion I decided to make my own on the cheap. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for reading!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
1 kobalt glass cutter
4 patio door rollers
1 1x6x14 piece of wood for the base
1 5/8" dowel
2 pieces of wood for the dowel holder/bottle stop (these can be any size...use your judgement)
4 small pieces of wood for the feet (again size is not important, they just have to clear the bottom of the rollers)
1 1/2" conduit hanger
2 1/4"-20x1" cap screws
2 1/4" hex nuts
a small length of coat hanger wire (1" should be plenty)
wood stain (optional)
Step 1: Layout the Cutting Areas
Before you start cutting anything, make sure you've laid out/sketched where all the pieces will go. It helps to have an idea of what you plan to cut. In this case I know I intend to cut cut bottles ranging in size from a beer bottle to a magnum wine bottle...so the layout of the four rollers has to accommodate that.