When Lisa first approached me with the idea of making candles from recycled wine bottles, neither of us had a clue how to do it. We had never heard of cold work and couldn't imagine what cold work would have to do with wine bottles. So, being red blooded Americans, we immediately, after some procrastination, set out to invent a process on how to cut a glass bottle. Step one, Google; step two, Youtube. Problem solved! We wished. We looked at all the various DIY projects with string and hot water and even bought a little for contraption that only works if the bottle is perfectly round, which hardly any of them are.
We finally settled on a little wet saw from Harbor Freight that costed about $60. We set it up in the back yard and I approached this power tool with a great deal of trepidation. I had no idea what was going to happen when I took a glass bottle and forced it on to a spinning metal disc encrusted with diamonds and moving at approximately 600 rpms. I'm sure I must have looked like a 1950's Sci-Fi mad scientist dressed in rubber boots, goggles, gloves and wearing a trash bag with holes cut for my arms and head.
Slowly, we worked trying to figure the best way to move the bottle around to get the best cut. Although happy to have successfully cut our bottles, we were always a little disappointed in the quality. So our internet search continued, until one day I stumbled upon a little site called HisGlassWorks! It was there that I learned about the differences in diamond blades, wet saws and a little, but important thing called "blow out".
We began to measure our successes by how many wine bottles we cut at one time. It started out with 3-4 dozen. Then slowly, as demand grew, it morphed into 6-8 dozen at a time and we really thought we were doing something. All this time we tried different techniques and production processes to try and make our cuts more efficient, and that's when it dawned on me........we need a new, bigger, faster saw!
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