Glazing Cabinet Doors
Beveled strips hold glass firmly in place
Synopsis: Tony Konovaloff uses deep rabbets and beveled strips of wood to hold glass in a display cabinet. He says it’s simple and practical and it looks good whether the door is open or closed. He explains how to design for glass, how to choose the thickness and temper and other features; how to install it and fasten the strips, and how to shape the beveled strips. The article includes side information on glass manufacturing methods.
I’ve opened a lot of glass doors on finely crafted cabinets and cringed. The joints are tight, the finish is fine, but the glass is held in place by methods that look, at least to my eye, crude. I’ve seen big, clunky strips held in place by #8 screws, badly done putty and perhaps worst of all, vinyl strips screwed or even stapled to the door frame.
What looks much better is…