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Do you know anything about glass dining tables? And glass table covers?

Do you know anything about glass dining tables? And glass table covers?

Old 01-19-2015, 07:50 PM
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Default Do you know anything about glass dining tables? And glass table covers?

Because I need both. Would like to give our rectangular dining table to daughter, who needs one, but want to cover it with glass to protect from resident cats and visitors. The size is unusual, so will probably need to be custom cut. Where do I go for this?

Am thinking a circular glass table would help sell our relatively small dining room when we put our house on the market. I know this one needs to be thicker and tempered glass. Any tips for shopping for one?
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:57 PM
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Go to your local glass shop. I have had several pieces of glass cut for special things.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:31 PM
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I had tempered glass cut for my hexagon end tables at a custom glass place (look for a place that does custom windows and doors) It was quite expensive but they have lasted at least 20 years with minimal scratches.
I had custom cut 1/4 inch plexiglass cut to go over my white tile counter top in the kitchen. It does scratch but allows me to roll out pie dough on it without the grout getting dirty. It finally got a crack this year from the heat of a crock pot but it is about 10 years old.
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Old 01-20-2015, 03:31 AM
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Just about any glass shop that does doors/windows/mirrors should be able to help you. If it's a straight up square/rectangular measurement they should be able to do that easily/quickly. If you have any decorative edges, they will want a paper template. Just tape together large pieces of butcher paper/paper bags/etc. Take a pencil and rub on the edges so the lead shows the exact outline. They will cut from that.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:18 AM
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I have had a glass top dining room table for about 35 years and it is still going strong. There are a couple of scratches but, otherwise, it is fine. About six years ago, I had new floors put in and the guys doing the installation chipped a corner off. Needless to say, I was pretty upset. They took it to a glass shop where they cut off about 2 inches the length of the table and ground the edges. You would never know anything happened to it.

I'm moving in a couple of months and this table is too large to go with me. As it happens, I have a round glass coffee table with a 42" diameter. The glass is 1/2" thick and I've decided it would be perfect in my new place so I started looking for table bases. This place also sells glass tops so you could get an idea of the cost from them even if you go locally. I do think if your plan is to put glass over wood on your daughter's table that I would opt for the plexi for that.

Here is the on line source I found for table bases and table tops.
http://www.kitchensource.com/table-bases/tc-kf2013.htm
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:47 AM
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Is the table you are giving your daughter wood topped and you want to put a sheet of glass on top of it? My dining room table has pads made for it...it is wood, the pads were made when I ordered the table. They are vinyl topped( look wood grained)some sort of padding and hard bottomed. My table is oval, has three leaves.....the table pads are two separate, that meet in middle, just like table and will fold in half when stored ( never, on table always), well, once a yr, I remove for a few days, oil the top, let it breath..., and the leaves are also made to fold in half.......we have had this dining room set for 50 yrs...and use it often......

Glass top tables make me dizzy, just like open staircases........
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:30 AM
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The glass shop is the place to go. They will suggest the best glass to use for your purposes. Just know that if something scratches the glass, it cannot be buffed out...usually. But for a glass top, go to a window/glass store that only does glass.

As to shopping for a circular table with a glass top, search the internet and figure out what size you want and get an idea of prices. Then go check out furniture stores and thrift shops.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:47 AM
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If the table is wood it should be exposed to air and oiled every now and then. Does your daughter want a glass top on it? I also have table pads on mine that fold up and can be slid under the bed. I also have a nice big quilted table cloth on my kitchen table to protect it when the grandkids come over. Hot Wheels and wooden tables don't go together very well.
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Like everyone said, go to the local glass shop, tell them what you need/want and let them guide you. BUT glass is a bugger for showing every speck of dust and fingerprint!! Ask me how I know!!
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Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
Like everyone said, go to the local glass shop, tell them what you need/want and let them guide you. BUT glass is a bugger for showing every speck of dust and fingerprint!! Ask me how I know!!
You are right about that!!
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