You have a project that needs a glass table top or countertop. Hooray! You’re sold on the practicality of the piece. Bravo! But the order isn’t placed yet. There are many different options and decisions you need to make when specifying a table top or countertop for your job. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through some of the many choices and options available.
- We cut from glass sheets that are as large as 96″ x 144″ – however, to fabricate edgework requires a cut in from the edge
- Standard tolerances are +/- 1/16″,…so if it has to be inset into a base, allow your measurements to account for that
- Keep in mind some edgework fabrication equipment may not be able to handle glass at max size due to weight or bed size constraints
- Consider how the table is going to get into the space – is the door big enough? You’d be surprised how often this needs to be addressed
- All ovals are not the same shape – same goes for archtops or “racetracks”. If it’s got to fit an exact space an exact way, a file should be provided
- CAD drawings in a .dxf format work best for our water jet cutting and CNC capabilities and reduces any mis-communication
- For rectangles, “radius corners” are rounded, “clipped corners” are 45˙angles, and the length or radius needs to be carefully noted in your design
- This depends on the size of the glass, its support and the weight it would be carrying – ask your glazier if you’re uncertain
- Generally speaking, if it’s on top of a fully supported surface – for use as a table topper – annealed (non-tempered) glass should work fine.
- If there’s a “pass through” possibility, it’s better to temper the glass – unless it’s “heavy glass” of 1/2″ or more,…and even then it may depend on the overall size of the piece and its use.
- For table tops, we recommend going no thinner than 1/4″ (6mm) and up to 1″ thick (25mm)
- NOTE: tempered glass is usually stamped with a baked-on permanent ink to prove that it has been tempered. If you don’t want that stamp showing on your final piece, be sure to indictate as such at time of order placement. We can provide you with a document proving the piece was tempered if you require it.
- Bevels come in all sorts of widths, from 1/2″ to 1-1/2″ wide
- Polished edge can either be a rounded “pencil polish” or a “flat polish”. (Personally, I’m partial to a crisp “flat polished edge”. It always looks tailored and neat.)
- There are additional specialty edgeworks like “waterfall” “ogee” “chipped” and more depending on the fabrication capabilities for the thickness of glass.
- Holes for a patio table pole
- Holes to hide computer wires in a desk or reception area
- Cut outs for undermount sinks (with edgework) or for a top-mount sink (won’t require edgework)
- Holes for in-counter cooktops
- Keep in mind that many holes have to be a certain amount from the edge in order for the glass to be tempered, and that distance will vary depending on a) the size of the hole, and b) the thickness of the glass
Type of glass:
- Tempered (fully heat-strengthened) or Annealed (non-tempered)
- Tempered glass is much stronger, less susceptible to scratches, and if it does break, it will form the tiny nuggests that are less likely to cause harm.
- Annealed glass will work fine for many situations that are either backed by a solid surface, or where the glass is very thick.
Color of the glass:
- Regular clear glass
- Low-iron ultra-clear glass
- Dreamwalls Color Glass durable heat-cured back-painted glass -where ANY custom color can be specified
- Mirrors (in clear mirror or antique patterns) are great ways to lighten coffee tables in living rooms
- Acid-etched glass (in regular or low-iron) can offer some interesting under-lighting effects
Lot’s of things to consider, right? There are just so many more options now than ever before. But never fear. If you get stumped at any time while making your decisions, just give us a call. We’ll try to help steer you towards the right solution for your design need. Just comment with your question below, call us at 1-800-334-7267, or e-mail me direct at email@example.com