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Tools Morton System

The Morton System Makes Stained Glass Safe and Simple

The Morton System is an integrated set of tools used to simplify difficult glass cuts, which allows a beginning hobbyist or professional studio to easily make cuts in glass that are difficult or impossible to accomplish with other tools. The special cutting surface cells trap the glass chips, which will prevent your glass from getting scratched and will provide you the ability to work safely with glass anywhere without the mess. The special breaking system consists of a pressure block with a concave undersurface used with a running button that has a convex upper surface on top of an open grid surface.  This breaking system is safe to work with since glass is not broken by holding the glass in your hands.

Morton System Maxi Surface
(No longer Available, but you can use the Waffle Grid Work Surface #3160C)

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6 Waffle Grid Work Surfaces (item #3160C): square interconnecting 11-1/4" grids that give you the freedom to construct the size and shape of your work surface and backsplash. The Morton Portable Glass Shop directions were written for use with Maxi Grid Surface (no longer available), however the Waffle Grids will work with the Morton tools. The diagram above shows the Morton dots transposed onto the Waffle Grid Surface.  As you can see the Waffle Grids are 4 squares larger, which is identified with the yellow shading.  In order to place the dots onto your Waffle Surface, follow these 7 easy steps:

Count (starting at the top left corner including yellow area) and mark the following points on the grid with a dot:

1. Column 25 / Row 3
2. Column 36 / Row 3
3. Column 15 / Row 13
4. Column 46 / Row 13
5. Column 16 / Row 35
6. Column 45 / Row 35
7. Column 21 / Row 40

The transparent surface features a grid on one side, a smooth flat side on the other, and can be interlocked with either side facing up. Waffle Grids can be used not only with your Morton System, but also as a tracing surface, a work surface for wet saws and grinders, and as a custom backsplash. When not in use, Waffle Grids can be taken apart for easy storage.

Cutter's Mate Waffle Grid 6 Pack
Put the grids together to create a  22 1/2" x 33 3/4" Worksurface

# 3160C    $ 49.95  $ 42.95

To Complete Your Work Shop System Add the ...

Morton Circle & Border System (CBS1)

The CBS1 is the ultimate accessory for the Portable Glass Shop.
The Circle & Border System is a jig tool for the glass crafter who wants much more than a circle for their plate and bowl designs. This unit comes with a computer program and video instruction. Can be configured to be left or right handed. Comes with a computer program for calculating the glass sizes needed to make your project.
NOTE: The grids are sold separately.


# 9-13015    $ 97.95

Note:  The Cutter's Mate Waffle Grid 6 Pack is compatible!
Put the grids together to create a 22 1/2" x 33 3/4" Worksurface

# 3160C    $ 49.95  $ 42.95


Teeny Circle System (TCS1)

Replaces the previous Teeny Turn Table and Teeny Circle Guide. The Teeny Circle System is an inexpensive method of making small circles, but is so much more.  Most inexpensive circle cutters have two critical shortcomings... they can't make smaller than 3" circles and they use a much lower quality cutter wheel than your regular glass cutter. The Teeny Circle System is for circles of 6" or smaller. This unique design allows jig setups for much more than circles. With the TCS1 you can make teeny circles using your personal glass cutter.

# 2678    $ 21.95

Morton Tools Layour Block System

The Layout Block System (LB01), is a replacement for wood board, wood strips and horseshoe nails of traditional project layout board. The ten 6" aluminum blocks and 40 push pins utilize inexpensive soft boards for layout (ie. homosote, or drop ceiling tiles). This system is widely used and recommended by teachers for the home hobbyist.

(LB01) Layout Block System
Ten 6" aluminum blocks and 40 push pins
# 2656    $ 13.95
(LB02) 12-inch & 3-inch Add-Ons
Four 12" and four 3" aluminum blocks and 40 push pins give you the flexibility to make both large and small projects.
# 2657    $ 13.95
(LB17) 17-inch Layout Add-Ons
Two 17" aluminum blocks and 16 push pins greatly expand the entire Layout Block System for those larger project layouts.
# 2680    $ 9.49
(LB23) 23-inch Layout Add-Ons
Two 23" aluminum blocks and 16 push pins greatly expand the entire Layout Block System for those larger project layouts.  
# 2681    $ 9.95



A new and improved version of the now retired Portable Glass Shop (PG01). If you already have a Maxi, Mini, or Super Mini Surface, now might be the time to purchase the additional tools. The Portable Glass Shop allows you to make cuts fast and accurate. It cuts triangles, rectangles, diamonds and any other geometric shape easily. Just measure one time, then cut two or a hundred pieces - all identical! A grid work surface is required, but not included. The markings on your current Morton surface are easily modified to work with this New Portable Glass Shop. Video and Manuals are available online to make the learning easy and fun again. New features include a reversible Squaring Fence for regular and thin art glass and fast angles in both metric and inch scales. Includes a Studio Cutting Bar.
The Mini/Maxi Surface are sold separately.

  • 22" Cutting Bar
  • Squaring Fence
  • 2 Squaring Blocks
  • 2 Bar Locks
  • Inch/Metric Ruler
  • Small Squaring Fence
  • Cutting Gauge
  • 3 Glass Stops
# 2663    $ 94.95

Note:  The Cutter's Mate Waffle Grid 6 Pack is compatible!
Put the grids together to create a 22 1/2" x 33 3/4" Worksurface
# 3160C    $ 49.95  $ 42.95

Fence Extension (PG02B)

Adds 5 inches and a ruler to your existing squaring fence. (only fits the New Portable Glass Shop). The ruler is marked in inches on one side and metric units on the other.



# 2662    $ 12.49
Extra Glass Stops (PG06B)

Designed to go with the New Portable Glass Shop. Glass artists have been asking for them so Morton Answered. Set a size, add masking tape and record the column and size.  The more Glass Stops you have, the more sizes you can keep track of.
Pack of 5.

# 2664    $ 18.49
Safety Break System (SB01)

A patented two-part breaking method. Allows staring the break anywhere along the score. Includes Breaking Button, powerful and easy-to-use Pressure Block and Morton Runner. The Morton Runner improves the power an control of hand breaking.

# 2660    $ 16.49
Strip ProCreator's Tool Caddy

6 individual tubes that fit easily into the Waffle Grid to hold small items such as brushes, cutters, pens, markers, etc.  Keeps them nearby right where you need them the most!  Comes in a pack of 6 tubes and fits right in the waffle grids.

# 3185    $ 6.95  $ 4.75

Glass Caddy Studio Pro Glass Caddy

Holds a lot of glass for its size.  It is great for regular storage and keeps your work-in-progress organized. As you cut big pieces into smaller ones, use the Caddy to hold your usable scrap. Similar item to Morton GC01.
(5.25" high, 11" wide, 5" deep)

# 721    $ 14.95  $ 12.95
Morton Twister

 Use the Morton Twister (MT01), to twist copper wire, brass wire and lead came into decorative edge trim. A must for every glasscrafter.

# 2679    $ 5.49
GS Assembly Tray (PG05)
Morton Assembly Tray

Makes the assembly of geometric dimensional shapes easy. Basic shapes like the triangle, square and pentagon are easily assembled into jewelry boxes, lamps, paper-weights and much more. Instructions for eight exciting projects are included.


# 2665    $ 19.95

Mr. Splash (GA02)

Mr. Splash installed on a Mini Surface

# 2666    $ 15.95

Safety Splash   (GA03)

Safety Splash installed on a Mr. Splash

# 2673    $ 6.59
 Sit Mr. Splash, (GA02), around your grinder and protect your work area.
Position Safety Splash, (GA03), over your grinder to protect your eyes.
If you have a Mini Surface, (SS02), place it under your grinder to trap the mess and keep your grinder dry.
If you do not have a Mini Surface, you can get the Cutter's Mate Waffle Grid Work Surface #3160C instead.

Clean Cut  (ZM01)

A uniquely designed wood vise that holds the thin metals used in the outer borders of stained glass panels secure for cutting without crushing them. In addition to holding the zinc or brass secure, the vise also gives saw guides for making accurate 90° and 45° cuts using a standard hacksaw.
Saw not included.

# 2659    $ 14.59

Strong Line (SL25), is a thin (.020) coppered steel strip used to greatly increase the strength of copper foil or lead channels. The strip height, about the same as most glass is thick (.114), fits the lead channel perfectly and can be used on both sides for extra reinforcement.

Strong Line is easy and fast to use. The wire is easily pulled from the cardboard dispenser in much the same way as scotch tape. Package contains 25 feet.

# 2669    $ 7.49

Grinder Tongs
(GA04),Hold small pieces of glass safely while grinding their edges. Duckbill design helps hold glass square to grinder head. No more finger cuts.
# 2683    $ 10.95