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Post  bmd on Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:41 pm

so here's my plan (Rolling Eyes  )..... i have a space perfect in height for my vat-man collection, freeing up more shelves for ever-increasing irish stuff....as the space sits between my two bertby cabinets, but is only 2/3 the height of one, i intend to have a go at shortening an identical bertby to sit between the other two What a Face 
yeah i know, what a ba__ix i'll make of that, i hear you say!! Evil or Very Mad  Embarassed  anyway, if anyone has done this, or can advise/help/suggest methods/warn against folly/come pick it up and do it for me (lol!  ) please feel to comment....
of course if it comes out ok, i'll plaster this thread with pix, but if i sc_ew it up then you'll never hear another word about it, sounds about right?? geek king 

comments welcome.....affraid 
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Post  newt5550 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:12 pm

Get in a good carpenter to do it for you!
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Post  Rallycol on Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:20 pm

Billy

Take the panels to a local Builders Merchant or Joinery workshop and the precision saw will leave a factory finish to exact measurements!

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Post  bmd on Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:35 pm

col, chris, thanks lads.... Smile 

so today i  dismantled the bertby, and have cut down each of the steel vertical rods which form the skeleton and cross-beams of the cabinet....
first obstacle is the fact that at each end of the rods is a thread onto which screws a chrome nut, which when tightened, pulls the whole thing tight together...when shortening each of the rods i obviously have lost these 4 threaded ends....so my idea is to use strong adhesive to glue them inside the nuts which in turn i will glue into the holes in the wooden top....i bored out the threaded nuts today, and the rods fit tight  inside...will glue them monday and leave a day or two...the only cutting needed done professionally is the 4 glass panels..... Smile
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Post  newt5550 on Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:15 pm

Nice one Billy. Sure a local glazier will cut them without any problems.
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Post  bmd on Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:14 pm

em.................NO!! affraid 
so i bought a good glass cutter, scratched along the cut-line as per instructions, but couldn't break it, even with full body-weight.... so with an extra body to help, i tried again and.........................SMASH!!!! the whole sheet exploded!!
turns out it was toughened glass, and not even glaziers can cut that........... Sad Sad 

hhmm.............. ah well Rolling Eyes 
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Post  newt5550 on Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:28 pm

Your glaziers can't be very good, they cut toughened glass for me here.

Sorry to here of your shattering experience Embarassed 
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Post  bmd on Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:39 pm

chris, you sure its toughened and not just laminated they cut for you.....my glaziers and all other 'experts' i consulted agreed that toughened glass cannot be cut, as its under tension after being created, hence it explodes when cut/broken, as in a car windscreen, etc....
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Post  turn the wheel on Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:36 pm

Yes the toughened glass will shatter...as already advised.....

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Post  bmd on Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:33 pm

cheers donie............it was an exciting experience i must admit!! Embarassed Embarassed 
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Post  newt5550 on Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:00 am

Soz mate thought it was. I know it's not laminated. But it is glass Embarassed 
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Post  bmd on Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:07 am

lol, no worries m8! Smile 
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