Your glazier is best equiped to do this. For a table top you should be
using 6mm minimum thickness and the glass should be tempered. I think
they use a leather wheel impregnated with diamond abrasive.
I'm sure an oilstone will take the edge of ok but it will be difficult to
get a presentable edge. Could you put it in a wooden frame?
Bob, Thanks for the tips. Yes, I do intend to drop the glass into a
hardwood frame. The dulling of the edges will be more for the sake of
anyone who takes the glass out in the future than anything.
Thanks also to the other commenters.
Unfortunately you cannot cut or grind the edges of TEMPERED "safety glass"
AFTER it has been tempered.
The cutting and grinding of safety glass has to be done BEFORE tempering as
this process sets up stresses in the glass that are "held in" by a very thin
surface "skin" and once this skin is penetrated - the glass shatters into
hundreds of very small pieces.
There is an exception when using LAMINATED safety glass. This can be cut
and ground after manufacture but its use in furniture is limited where the
edge can be seen because of the plastic reinforcing interleave which
prevents the glass shattering into pieces.
Then I would suggest that the damage was very light and you used nothing
harsher than something like jewllers rouge - or very lucky - as once that
"skin" is penetrated, the stresses are relieved and the glass shatters as it
is designed to do.
Hi. Yup, I dont think its smart to use float glass in tabletops. If
you must cut costs you could use laminated glass, but really not
float. What happens if someone sits on that doesnt bear thinking
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