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AsherN
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Re: [Carpentry] Coffee table cutout for glass

How thick is that top? It may not be thick enough for a lip and a suitable piece of glass.



fluffybunny

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not worth the hassle. use a transparent glass glue and just glue the glass to the table.



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said by Hall:

Is it real wood or particle board ?

solid wood

dick white
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said by Subaru:

said by Hall:

Is it real wood or particle board ?

solid wood

Are you sure? A piece that wide is not likely solid, though it may be glued up from narrower strips. If so, you will see an exact match of the strips/grain patterns and the glue lines on the top and bottom sides of the tabletop. More likely it is a wide piece of veneer that is finished to match the rest of the piece (and that's what it looks like in the picture, but you can look closer). Generally, such panels are veneered on both faces to enhance dimensional stability, though the underside may use a lower quality flitch. In such a case, the edges will also be veneered, and this will be evident because the 2 edges that should be endgrain, based on the surface grain orientation, will be long grain. Now we have to deal with the substrate. Two typical possibilities are MDF (effectively very fine particle board) or lumber-core plywood. The issue that I think we are trying to point out here is what is the quality of the cut-out edge going to be? If you cut through the veneer and expose the MDF substrate, you will need to address that as you refinish it so you don't have a crappy looking edge on the wood underneath the edge of the glass insert. This should not be a deal breaker, just something you need to work with.

dw


Rigor_M

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Actually, that look to be a 3/4" think top.. looking at the top pattern. seems to be pine.

It looks think because of the picture angle.. maybe a closer picture showing the thinkness would help..

any how.. if its a 3/4" and you use a 1/4" (5mm) think glass, that leaves a 1/2 lip.. on a soft wood like pine, I would not go more than 20" x 20" size glass.. remember that you will put stuff on it.. its a table after all

If you do decide to make the cut, take the scrap piece to your local big box store and try to match a close a possible some paint.. for the inner lip



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All my coffee tables I've had never had rounded corners for the glass I will get a closer picture.



Rigor_M

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said by Subaru:

All my coffee tables I've had never had rounded corners for the glass I will get a closer picture.

its easier to square up wood that to round up glass

but if you use a router to make the lip, no matter how small the bit you use,, il will endup with a small round corner. that is why I said to use a corner chisel or hand chisel if you feel adventurous


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Re: [Carpentry] Re: Coffee table cutout for glass

said by dandelion:

I have.. honestly I prefer the glass on top of the table versus laying flush. Any drinking glass spilled easily gets under that glass and can cause damage though it looks nicer that way. A nice beveled one laid on top is a little more accident friendly.. just my opinion. Good luck with your project!

This. We used to have a coffee table with inset glass, and the gap around the perimeter of the glass is a spill/dirt/gunk trap that's a pain to clean.

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said by djrobx:

said by dandelion:

I have.. honestly I prefer the glass on top of the table versus laying flush. Any drinking glass spilled easily gets under that glass and can cause damage though it looks nicer that way. A nice beveled one laid on top is a little more accident friendly.. just my opinion. Good luck with your project!

This. We used to have a coffee table with inset glass, and the gap around the perimeter of the glass is a spill/dirt/gunk trap that's a pain to clean.

We had tables like those growing up. You just pushed the glass from the bottom to remove the glass and wipe the lip.


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Re: [Carpentry] Coffee table cutout for glass

I've never seen a coffee table with the glass on top? I don't understand.. What is that laying the glass right on top of the wood?



stevek1949
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The "lip" is also known as a rabbet. There are many articles available. The router should have a rabbet bit installed. The corners will still be round and will need to be squared up using a sharp chisel. Here is a link to start with:

»www.woodworkingtalk.com/f5/setti···e-39828/



Coma
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said by Subaru:

I've never seen a coffee table with the glass on top? I don't understand.. What is that laying the glass right on top of the wood?

Yes . . .
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February is National Condom Month


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Another question does it being pine wood make any difference?



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Word has it that pine wood is hard to work with at least to get a smooth edge.



Coma
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Depends on the type of pine you are working with, as their are over 100 species of pine, all with different characteristics.

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said by Coma:


Depends on the type of pine you are working with, as their are over 100 species of pine, all with different characteristics.

Did not know that hmm...