|Forum topic by sixstring||posted 06-25-2012 08:23 PM||2322 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
06-25-2012 08:23 PM
So I’ve recently been commissioned to build a vetrine, or glass display case for a 100+ year old clarinet. Basically, it’s a vertical column that is glass on 4 sides so I’ll be building the base and top. Using 1/4” glass fused at the corners, I’m concerned about my base being strong enough to support the weight and avoid tipping over.
Overall dimensions are roughly 12”x12”x36”h. The base is roughly 12×12x4h. My design idea is to use at least 2” thick solid wood for the base and cutting a 1” slot into the base for the glass to slide down and rest into. I’ll be using doug fir for this part, and then trimming it out with 3/4” walnut. So, 1” of the glass rests in the slot and another 1” or so will be covered by the trim for a total of 2” of support. The glass itself will be pretty hefty so I’m hoping this is enough to prevent it from tipping over. The top will have walnut trim all around it and will have a removable door/lid that lifts off to access the clarinet inside.
I would appreciate any thoughts on the matter as I’ve never done a piece like this, or worked with glass other than for a cabinet door. I’m building the top and base and the client (my mother in law’s boyfriend,) will have someone else custom make the glass and insert it into my base/top. My job is to make the top/base pretty and sturdy.
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