HardwareThe biggest barrier to using the abrasives and jigs discussed in these pages is that you have to collect all the parts yourself, from a number of suppliers, then build the various parts.
This page pulls together all of the hardware you will need and links to sources for that hardware.
You may be able to get glass via mail order, but is is probably easier to get it from a local store that specializes in cutting window glass.
Put window glass retail into google and make some calls. If the results don't look local, add the name of your city. (You should not have to do this - Google knows where you are.) The stores are eager to sell you glass. Have the sizes you want handy when you call. It should be ready when you get to the store.
The edges and corners of a kust cut glass sheet can be very sharp. You can ask the glass retailer to soften the edges for you. They sand the edges after cutting. You can also do the sanding yourself. I do. I use the 3" by 8" drywall sanding block with just about any sandpaper on it. Wear gloves - the edge will slit your fingers if you are not careful. Sand across the edge at a 45 degree angle, making sure you do all 4 edges on both sides. Spend a little extra time on the corners to make sure they are rounded enough that an accidental bump does not produce a cut.backing board to prevent damage to the edges and corners of the glass sheets. I use masonite that I bought at a local lumber yard. [Masonite is made without glues. It is pure wood, if Wikipedia is to be believed.][As I found our from Mark Wells in an oldtools list post.]
I have had no luck using google and looking for masonite retail. However, lumber yard victoria (I live in Victoria) found all the lumber yards in this area. Again, get the bill of materials ready and give them a call. They may require you to buy a sheet larger than you need, but often have pieces in a cutoff bin that you can use.
You will also need glue to glue glass on the working surface of the stone vice - a big improvement over a wood only stone vice.
I use Weldbond glue, available at most big box stores or even your local small hardware store.
If you cannot find T-nuts locally, you might try this mail order company that sells the T-nuts and machine screws at pretty good prices (less than I have paid for them!). [Update 13 08 - One reader reports that this company is located in Boston, has in-store pickup for on-line orders and provides excellent service.]bench stone holder, then you will need threaded rod, wing nuts and regular nuts.
Again, your local hardware store should stock these. If not, the nearest big box store will. Mail order on threaded rod may be a little expensive to ship.
This sketchup model from the shows the 4 different drill sizes. Working from the bottom,