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Glass for Tuning Board

Discussion in 'General Pinewood Derby Discussion' started by Obsessedderbydad, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. Obsessedderbydad

    Obsessedderbydad PWD Royalty

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    Where are you guys getting your glass for a tuning board at? I looked online and the prices are crazy compared to what I heard some people saying they're getting theirs for. I'm looking at 72"x24".
     
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    Have you checked a local glass shop? Someone that repairs residential and commercial windows?
    Some people have said they bought a cheap mirror but I don't know that you would find one that large. How about craigslist? Anyone selling a large glass table you could pirate the top from? A salvage storefront door?
     
  3. Hogans Racing

    Hogans Racing Council Champion 2X Pro Race Winner National Champion

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    I picked one up at a local glass shop for $20.00. The corner was broken off so they couldn't use it. It is 4 feet wide by 6 feet long.
     
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    I just called my glass shop and for 72X24 they said it was $50 bucks with tax and everything...
     
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    I got mine " free " from Glass guy who needed his sons cub scout car to run really fast[​IMG] But call some commercial glass companies who remove glass from big busineses , they could save you a piece after their install for say "beer" money.[​IMG]...SPIRIT.....
     
  6. Obsessedderbydad

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    Plexiglass or just glass?
     
  7. Spirit Racing

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    I have glass on my tuning board. Let the other guys that are using plexiglass chime-in if they think it is working out well for them . Have no experience with plexiglass for tuning board.....SPIRIT.....
     
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    Called my local glass shop. 72x24 1/4 thick $90...
     
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    Mine was 24" by 8ft. Two prices. $60 for 1/4 inch. $40 for 1/8". Regular glass company for residential and commercial windows. This is in Colo.
    I had already built my table, so I took it down, and for that price they cut the glss for an exact fit. I'm quite happy with the result.
    I also went to 5kids site, copied his diagram to be put under the glass (one a usb drive). Went to Staples, and they printed my a copy 2 x 8 feet, including putting the Icon (OPARENNEN to the left). They printed it on a banner, I could choose a plastic or a thick paper sheet. I used paper, because it was half the cost ($30), and I figured it would never tear being under a glass protection.
     
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    Plexiglass works fine, but it scratches, glass is better. If you get plexiglass I think you would want it at least 1/4" thick to keep it flat and you would want to construct your table so it holds the edges down with trim or something.
     
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    Ughhh why is Ohio glass so expensive. What about a mirror. How are ppl using a mirror?
     
  12. Obsessedderbydad

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    If I get plexiglass I was going to get it long enough so it sites inside the edges
     
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    Draw a straight line the length of the mirror with a marker. At the far end put a mark every inch away from the line. Set it level side to side and on a slight incline. Line your car up on the line and roll it. Whatever mark it hits at the far end, that's your steer.
     
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    Meh... That doesn't look as good. I'll keep looking for glass
     
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    it's not a beauty contest! lol!
     
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    I know that, but I take pride in having accurate and nice things. Tuning boards with graphics are more precise than my magic marker mirror
     
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    Beer!! Did I see beer in this post. I'll do it!! [​IMG] Wait !! what am I agreeing too!

    I use a 24" x 6' piece of glass with the first 2' having a rail.
     
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    still not helping me find glass... /images/boards/smilies/frown.gif
     
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    What about an old storm door is it big enough??
     
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    This is what I used at first. Then I used the back door off a cap to a pickup truck. Both of them are FREE !
     

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