Over the years I have acquired fancy furniture that has this form fitting
glass surface. This 1/4" glass presents a tremendously hard and useful
I've made a few inquiries and local mirror shops seem to be the established
businesses fabricating exact replacements.
But, always one to save a nickel, is there something out there that is
Maybe a very high quality thick plastic that you can cut with special
Oh, it is available. But even the fancy stuff scratches easier than
glass, and glass is cheaper by far. Being a klutz, glass table
tops/covers always made me paranoid. Unless you use those plastic
circles or pennies under them, they slide around or fuse to the finish.
And cleaning them is a major PITA, and tends to get the windex trapped
under the edges unless you are super-careful and spray from the far side
of the table. We have lots of conference rooms at work with glass over
the tops of the tables. Almost always, at least one table in the room
has the glass missing or a big chip or crack, from oopsies by cleaning
crew, or somebody hitting it just wrong with their coffee cup or something.
We have the same sheet of glass on our dining room table for 30 years.
Except for a few scratches it is still in great shape and has protected the
wood table underneath it. We use the plastic circles sold at Ace hardware.
Maybe twice a year we clean the underside of the glass. We use glassplus
wipes and they do a great job on it.
It might, as a preventative measure. However, my inclination to
"do-it-yourself" is typically after the fact.
You know, fixing the roof if it's leaking, but I can't when it's raining ---
stuff like that.
There is a special scratch resistant version of Lexan that would
probably be the only viable replacement for the glass, though at
probably 4X the cost. You wouldn't put it over Plexi either, you'd just
get the 1/4" (or 6mm) version. You'd have to get it at a real plastics
supplier, not a big box store.
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