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rantingrich

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01-07-2015 04:16 PM

I ran across this guys stuff the other day… WOW

http://gregklassen.bigcartel.com/product/river-coffee-table

I wonder how he shapes the glass to the routed rabbit or recess in the table for the glass? If you look closely the edge of the glass and the rabbit in the wood is not perfect. Almost like it was done free hand. Would you shape the glass first then cut the rabbit or the other way around.

Gawd Grinding that glass must be a pain. and noisy

-- Rich


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#1 posted 01-07-2015 04:53 PM

I am sure the glass is done with a waterjet then he would trace the glass shape onto the wood slab. Just my guess

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 05:45 PM

I made one for my step daughter. I went to a glass shop with a design, had the safety glass cut, then cut the slab to match. She loves it and it is the center piece of her living room.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 05:47 PM

I haven’t seen these before. It’s a nice design idea.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#4 posted 01-07-2015 06:10 PM


I made one for my step daughter. I went to a glass shop with a design, had the safety glass cut, then cut the slab to match. She loves it and it is the center piece of her living room.

- RRBOU

It looks like the glass he uses has a slight green blue tint to it. Did you use the same?

-- Rich

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 06:19 PM

The glass is exactly like the pickguards I inlay into the top of my guitars. The pickguard is made first, then final shaped, then I outline it on the face, router out from under it in two steps, creating the shoulder the pickguard will lay on.
I see where he has live edge slabs, so he probably generates a basic template of what the glass should do to stay close to the run of the edge, has that manufactured, and then simply routers in the shoulder. Great piece, wish I had time to copy it, I could move some of those in the galleries I am in.
You hand fit the piece with chisels after the final shoulder routering. Just get close with the router, and fit it in with a decent set of straight and curved chisels.
Any decent glass company can cut safety glass with a water jet, and you can get clear tint or green tint. I would never consider regular window glass, it would be tempered. 1/8” is fairly cheap, and it goes up from there. I recently had a piece of 1/8” cut for a bar top, about 14” X 30”, and it cost me $25.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 06:49 PM

I made one for my step daughter. I went to a glass shop with a design, had the safety glass cut, then cut the slab to match. She loves it and it is the center piece of her living room.

- RRBOU

It looks like the glass he uses has a slight green blue tint to it. Did you use the same?

- rantingrich

Yes I used tinted 3/8” thick safety glass. I started with a live edge then used a grinder to follow the edge of the glass with a 2” over lap then ground the slopes making it look like the river gets deeper.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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