(I figure it's OK to ask this question here, since I may set my coffee down
there while working on a construction project.)
I need to get a piece of 1/4" glass cut to put on top of a wood coffee
table. Should I want the glass to be exactly square with the edges of the
table? Slightly larger? Slightly smaller?
I'd call up your local glass and mirror shop. They can take a look at
the table and make suggestions on size and thickness. Consider buffed or
beveled edges and they make little supports so the glass is not resting
direction on the table. Hope that helps...
Depends on whta the table's edges are like... Strictly a personal
preference thing, IMHO.
If the wood is straight edged, I'd make it exactly the same size as
If the wood is not straight, perhaps a *tiny* bit smaller that the
smallest point along the edge.
I'd never do an overhang, too much risk of breakage.
Also a few points:
1/4 inch may be too thin, perhaps somethign thicker?
Use tempered glass if possible.
Use pads in the corner and every 12 to 18 inches along the edges to
keep the glass lifted just above the wood. That will help prevent
damage to teh wood, and sticking.
Since most coffee tables with glass tops are inlays, should be the same size
of the original glass. If not available (you never stated, odd), measure
and give 1/8" play all sides. The edges should be rounded over. The
corners should have some round over as well.
If its a solid top wood table, same as above. 1/8" smaller all around. The
table has to be perfectly square, otherwise, a custom cut is required
on-site. The person cutting the glass may provide hardware for providing
stay of the glass. Otherwise, you gotta do it.
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