Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Central Washington State
[QUOTE=cabinetman;312976]Nice looking table...well done. Leaded glass panels look very nice, but fare better vertically as windows than as table tops. Structurally, A leaded panel like that can be weak as the panels can be separated under certain stresses...like minimal impact.
I have examined the leaded glass window and have deemed it full able to support itself on a horizontal application but did not feel it able support the weight of anything set on top of it aand that is why I designed it with a separate glass top which will cover the frame as well as the leaded glass.
"Once together, leaded glass panels cannot be tempered, but rather the individual sections could have been tempered before it was leaded together as an entire panel. The lead wouldn't with stand the heat, and the sections will shrink. Tempering gives glass more durability. Tempering is a safety factor, as the glass will break in small pieces, unlike untempered glass which can break in large sharp pieces."
I have never encountered a situation where the glass in a leaded glass window needed tempering. Building codes require tempered "or" leaded glass for door locations.
"I would suggest an upper and lower panel of tempered glass, with the leaded glass being in the center. If glass for a top like that is ordered, give the finished dimensions as they account for shrinkage."
A lower glass panel would not add any strength to the leaded glass panel unless your were to cut it so that it fit inside the wood frame and up against the leaded glass from underneath. Being that the leaded glass is structurally sufficient to support itself, the lower glass panel would be redundant.
All good points of discussion but IMHO I've made the correct decisions for this project. There are always other ways of doing things that would be satisfactory as well. I respect and appreciate your opinions.
Last edited by Lola Ranch; 03-07-2012 at 11:53 AM.