Glazing Cabinets & Bookcases Techniques

Glazing Cabinets & Bookcases Techniques

Bookcases, china cabinets, kitchen cabinets, and others of the same class of furniture have portions of their sides glazed either with clear glass or mirrors.

In the best techniques of glazing work plate glass is used, but where something less expensive is wanted the best quality of double thick sheet glass is used. Anything poorer than this should not be placed in good work. Mirrors should always be of plate glass. Glass set in doors or substituted for panel work is cut the full size of the rebate opening in the frame and is held in place by a loose moulding the same as a panel. See diagram. It is only when some special condition requires it that the glass is secured in place by putty and glaziers' points instead of the loose moulding.

Mirrors are not often cut to the full size, but are a trifle smaller than the rebate measure and the glass is held in place by a number of triangular blocks about three inches long placed at intervals in the rebate. These blocks serve to wedge the glass securely in place that it may not slide in the rebate, and they also reduce to a minimum the surface of wood in contact with the coating on the back of the mirror.

The silvering is protected from injury by a panelled back board screwed to the frame after the glass is fastened in. This backboard must not touch the mirror at any point.

The glass is held in front by a moulding set in a rebate, as we have described for panelling.

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