Among the new skills I’ve learned in this project, I learned the basics behind cutting glass. This project has two glass panel doors, one glass panel side and two mirrors, set into frames. To my surprise and delight, cutting glass is really quite easy. I won’t go into that detail here but suffice to say if you are thinking about cutting your own glass, do it!
Once I cut all the glass and mirrors, I epoxied them into the frames. The mirrors were easy as the backs aren’t seen so I didn’t have to be too careful with the epoxy but the three glass inserts will be seen from both sides so much more care was in order. They all turned out quite nicely, if I do say so myself.
The plans did not call for anything to finish off the back sides of the doors and the glass panel and I didn’t like the way they looked from behind so I ripped a few walnut strips 1/4” x 1/8” on the table saw and used my miter jig to cut them to length. They fit pretty nicely, I glued them into the frames. More uses for all those tiny clamps I never use elsewhere.
-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, 360 Woodworking