Sheet Glass - Plate Glass - Purchasing - Flaws - Bevelling - Silvering - Measuring - Fixing.
GLASS, either transparent or silvered, i.e., looking-glass, plays an important part in modern furniture, and though, on the whole, it may be regarded and treated as wooden panels, there are special means used to fix it which the cabinet-maker should be informed about.
Before describing the methods of fixing, it will be well for the benefit of the novice to say something about the varieties used, and give a few hints about measurements.
When transparent, glass may be either ordinary sheet or plate, and for small panels the former does fairly well, though when price is a secondary consideration to quality, the latter is preferred. Sheet glass is much thinner than plate, and of inferior quality generally. The thicknesses principally used are known as 15 ozs. and 21 ozs., the former being the thinner of the two. When sheet is used it should be carefully selected in order to get it as free as possible from flaws, for glass that would be quite suitable for windows might not be good enough for furniture.