I agree with corndog, sounds like a job for a lamination. Sounds like a tough thing to do. I've had a lot of fun lately with lamination bending, but some frustrations today - I clamped a chqair leg too tight putting in the cross-piece and the outside lamination snapped off and I had to re-glue another one on... worked out anyway, was able to save it.
How would you go about it? I'm just brainstorming, but how about trace out the glass onto a double-thickness of 3/4 plywood (glued & or screwed together) and then cut it out (leaving the line, to make sure the result will fit around the glass)... and then cut out a similar curve inside of that so you have, sort of, a very big kidney-shaped plywood donut. I say to cut out the inside so that you have a ground for clamping - and you will need a heck-load of clamps or do part at a time.
So then, mill down (preferably thickness-planed although just a smooth table-saw cut might work okay) -- 1/8" thick strips of your choice wood. Check that 1/8" strips will bend to the tightest radius without breaking. You're better off to choose a smooth and pliable wood, nothing brittle.
You'll probably want 3 or 4 layers, I'd guess.
Then glue up the lamination, butting the strips to each other and making sure that the butts don't come too close to each others.
Then, check that it fits okay over the glass.
Then take it off again and glue in a couple of less-wide laminations on the inside of the curve -- so that it creates a lip on the inside, so the edge-band will hang on the glass by gravity.
That's a heck of a time-consuming process, but it could look really sweet.
Or, you could take a simpler approach, and glue up a series of solid pieces of wood, maybe two layers of 1/2" stock, staggering the joints, so you have a roughed-out shape that covers the edges of the glass. Then trace the pattern onto a thin plywood or masonite, and cut out the inside of the shape -- then route it out in two passes -- one pass for the top, with a spacer bearing, so it creates a 1/4" or 3/4" lip to hang on the edge of the glass, and then cut out the bottom with a straight bearing bit to follow the pattern exactly. Then... somehow cut out the outside perimeter of the whole assembly - either with some router jig or draw a line and jigsaw or bandsaw it. Or save the inside cut-out of the pattern, and use a big spacer-bearing to cut the outside.
Either way, that's a lot of work. Good luck and post photos if you do it !
Last edited by karma_carpentry; 11-26-2007 at 06:15 PM.