Planning on building a large (72" x 36") curio. I've been leaning towards
glass, but lexan is cheaper and lighter. Also thinking about using the window
glass from Home Depot. Recommendations?
Lexan is far from cheaper than Glass and the glass at Home Depot is only
Try a local glass shop and ask for 1/4" glass, and as long as the glass is
set in a wood frame ask for seamed edges.
application the OP's talking about. 6'x3', scaled down you're talking a couple
of sheets of about 18" x 60". Of course with that kind of area 1/4" is about
as light as you can go.
You'll have to overengineer the doors and hinges if you'll be supporting that
kind of weight.
Also, depending on where this curio is going to be deployed, and whether there
will be internal lighting, ask about low reflectivity glass. If the curio is
in a sunny place it'll glare like hell with regular window glass (DAMHIKT, but
I didn't build the piece). Internal light pots work better with regular glass
but if it's a tradeoff consider whether the glare or the backlighting is more
On 22 Nov 2003 22:40:28 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (BCOdom) wrote:
Lexan (polycarbonate) is soft (thus easily scratched) and flexible (so
shelves will sag).
If I wanted something that was less likely to shatter, I might use
acrylic (Lucite / Perspex) instead of glass, but I wouldn't use
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
Lexan scratches badly; glass breaks badly.
You make your choice and pay your money.
Honestly, if the curio is going to live in a home where things
are subject to breakage I'ld go with at least double strength
I'm not sure how double strength breaks. Tempered breaks in small pieces,
same as the windows in your car. The glass shop I called prices it at $7.50
a square foot.
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