What is the best way to grind glass, somewhat smooth? Answered
Now before you rush to write down an answer let me tell you the details!
The chunk of glass is 28 inches wide by 28 inches long and 2.5 inches tall. Composed of 160 painstakingly cut strips of glass that have been glued together into a jumbo block. Now try as I might, when laminating things together of ever so slightly different size together you are going to get high and low spots - And yes, this would have been soooo much easier a job if I had smoothed out the rough edges before laminating - Pesky hind-sight. Unfortunately my planer doesn't seem to work so well on glass, who knew :) Anyway, I will post some pictures to give you an idea of what it is, that has to be ground down.
• It does not have to be perfectly smooth
• A mottled surface would actually be appreciated
• It is not going to be a lens of any kind, all though light will be transmitted through it.
I have the following tools, but first - No I am not taking it 1700km to have it kilned. No, the local glass shop seems to have less tools then I do, at least in this scale.
• Angle grinders
• belt sanders
• orbital sanders - but really?
On the back side I used the angle grinder, with a metal grinding bit. Not to bad really all though the edges were taking a pounding. This was prior to applying resin and woven cloth, to give the glass a bit of tooth and reduce the high edges.
This is for an instructable I am working on.