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Forum topic by Mike posted 05-25-2014 01:16 AM 963 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2014 01:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: door table glass table top

Hi All;

I’ve got a small problem to solve and it shouldn’t take to long to come up with something, but I just can’t think of what will work best.

My currently project is to make an “old” looking door with glass panel inserts into a dining room table. I say old because I am making the door because I couldn’t find something I liked out there. I have an old surface lock that I would like to attach to the face of the door. This is just like what you might see in an old house. Here is something similar to the lock I have (the knob is going to be removed):

(not my picture btw)

The problem that comes up is that the lock is just under 3/4” thick. I am looking to place a single piece of glass over the door as the table surface. This means that I need to figure a way to raise the table’s single glass surface 3/4” away from the surface of the door so that the lock fits under it. I have thought about different solutions such as using some 3/4” pine as spacers with furniture bumpers to hold the glass, but I would need a few spaced around for me to feel comfortable that the glass wont crack if something heavy is set on it. The size of the door is standard, so not anything unusual. What do you think might be a solution?

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#1 posted 05-25-2014 07:04 AM


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#2 posted 05-25-2014 12:44 PM

Make a frame that is as tall as you need and large enough to support the glass all the way around this will give you an area to display small items or pictures under the glass.

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#3 posted 05-25-2014 01:09 PM

I’d likely remove the plate from the lock, cut an 1/8” recess in the face of the door to inset the plate, and move on. You’d get the look without the hassle of raising glass 3/4” off the surface of your door.

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#4 posted 05-25-2014 02:54 PM

Hi Smitty,

If I were to take the lock apart it wouldn’t look correct since there are levers and other details that would be removed. It would defeat the idea of making an old door table. Good idea though, just not for this particular application.

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