I When a glass is put over an expensive dining room table or a
buffet, what is supposed to be done between the glass and the top of
the piece of furniture?
My mother always used small felt circles. Now my brother has
inherited the furniture and his wife uses some sort of clear circle of
the same size for the dining room table but the buffet has nothing
n-o-t-h-i-ng, between the glass and the wood.
How should it be done?
(There will be no problem with my sil getting mad. She's away and if
all I have to do is buy some circles and put them under the glass, she
won't mind, but I'd like some confirmation that that would be better
for the wood.)
II She has the bedroom dresser in the garage, and would like to get
rid of it. I can't object to that, but until she does, I'd like to
see my mother's beautiful, expensive stuff protected. My brother
doesn't give a darn. So she has a small blanket under a cardboard
box and nothing under a big lamp and two enormous candle holders, each
with 4 brass legs, which might have had felt glued under the legs but
I can just about guarantee the felt is missing from some or all of
these old things. Is it enough to put a blanket under the 3 brass
things, or should I cut a piece of wood and put it on top of the
blanket and put the brass stuff on that. Of course it would be
better if nothing were on it, but I understand that she wants to use
the space above the dresser and another matching piece of furniture
Thanks a lot.
Either felt disks, pastic disks, or small plastic bumpers will work well
between the glass and wood. I've used all three and not had a problem with
any of them. A blanket as protection from objects place on wood should
offer all the protection you need unless, of course, the the objects have
very sharp and/or pointed feet that could penetrate the blanket.
tempered [hardened] glass would like to be isolated from vibrations
that can cause it to shatter. never rest the glass edge on a concrete
floor even when just cleaning it, as the slight motion against the
floor surface caused a piece of tempered glass to break into a
thousand bits before me.
if you have simple window glass or plate glass it is more breakable
and will break into unsafe jagged pieces.
I have had glass on wood without anything for years without issues, im
not sure why anything is needed, a real fine piece I would wonder if
plastic could react with the tables finish and discolor under the
disk. Maybe felt disks are to prevent scratching if glass is moved or
for air circulation. Maybe google it
At work, on the big conference tables in officer country, when they ran
out of the plastic disks, they used pennies, which I always thought was
Really not sure what function the disks serve, since the glass still
slides around anyway. (Hello? Glass over waxed smooth wood?) Glass
always has fingerprints on it as well, including the underside of the
edges. Guess you have to wear cotton gloves and use a crew to clean them.
Two smooth surfaces placed together may adhere and be difficult to
separate. I just prepared an MSDS for an acrylic bead whose use is
defined as: INTERLEAVANT(GLASS SEPARATION BEADS) Not for home owners
but your felt pads are probably a good idea to use.
Most of the tables I had seen used a large expensive lace rectangle or
oval mats under the glass to display both the lace and the fine wood
finish. These lace mats can still be found in Chinese craft shops.
My mom used small cork circles. I've seen felt, as well.
To protect furniture, I use small dabs of clear silicone caulk on the
base of whatever rests
on the furniture. Let it cure completely, of course, before putting it
back on the furniture.
Keeps stuff from sliding, too. If it isn't level, you can shave it a
tad with a razor.
Thanks a lot to all of you.
I feel a lot better. I'll get more felt circles today, and move those
heavy brass things to on top of the blanket, and leave tomorrow.
I can probably arrange it so that both the liquor-carton sized box and
the brass things are on the same blanket.
I'll tell you more about this household after I drive back from Texas
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