Glass products in interior design always look easy and elegant. The transparent texture does not create a heaping effect, and the strength of the special thickened furniture glass allows the product to serve you for a long time. Making a table with a glass worktop with your own hands will not only save you a significant amount of money, but also create a unique, exclusive design.
How to choose glass for a table?
The most important parameter in the characteristics of glass is its thickness. In second place will be the texture: matte, glossy, with a relief pattern. In some cases, the color of the glass will be important. The choice of material type depends on the purpose of your table. For a coffee table, glass 5-6 mm thick is suitable. Such products do not experience heavy load, so this thickness will be optimal. If you are planning a large dining table, then the thickness of the glass should be 8-10 mm. It is better to order the countertop itself in a glass organization. On professional equipment, you can cut any shape of the countertop, as well as gently process the edges.
The table should fit into the interior of the room in which it will be located. If the furniture in your house is in the classical style, then the legs for the table should be made of solid wood, with carved patterns and curls. To give a tree a presentable appearance, you can cover it with a stain, simulating expensive wood. If you have even a little experience in the field of furniture, it will be easy to make a glass table with your own hands. The photo shows an option that is made of only one glass.
For lovers of high-tech style, a table with metal symmetrical legs is suitable, and the countertop itself can be in the form of a circle or square. The Mediterranean style implies simplicity in the interior, so the glass top can be placed on rough wooden legs of the correct shape, painted, for example, in white.
DIY glass worktops
The most important and most expensive element of a glass table is the countertop. If you are wondering about how to make a glass table with your own hands, then you need to know about some rules for processing glass. Cutting it to the right size can be a daunting task for a beginner. Practice before starting work on scraps. If the glass cutter is roller, not diamond, then the force of pressure should be about 2 kg.
If you get a good even cut, you can proceed to the next step - processing the edges. Before starting work, be sure to take care of eye and hand protection. For convenience, you can soak the file in turpentine or kerosene. The movements should be smooth in the direction along the edges of the sheet. You can use an emery bar.
Next is the face grinding step. To perform this work, a grinder with a special grinding nozzle is used. The angle at which the corners are machined should be the same around the perimeter. Polished edges are polished. The bend of the countertop should turn out smooth and smooth.
For the manufacture of such a subframe, a beam of 50 x 50 mm will be needed if you are planning a coffee table. You can use the board, it all depends on the design of the structure.
Consider the manufacture of a glass table in the kitchen with your own hands 800 x 1400 mm in size. For such a massive product, you need a beam of 150 x 150 mm. The surface of the timber must be carefully sanded, it must be perfectly smooth. To protect the wood you need to apply varnish, stain or paint. If you want to see the structure of the tree, then use varnish or stain.
To join the elements of the timber, it is better to use an open spike connection in half the tree. This will mask the joint and increase the level of strength at the junction. Even a person with a minimal amount of experience in this field can make their own legs for a glass table and the base of the timber on which the tabletop will hold.
Not every carpenter can afford the use of metal. To work with such material, you will need special equipment and skills. To connect the elements of the table frame, you need a welding machine. You can use metal tubes, corners or even a profile.
Think about how the glass will be attached to the countertop. In this case, the countertop is installed in a special cavity, which was formed when metal profiles were connected. All you need to do is fix the glass on the profile with glue. A self-made glass kitchen table on a metal base perfectly complements the kitchen in a minimalist style.
If it is intended to manufacture a forged product, then for connecting the countertops and the base it is better to perform using mechanical fastening. Holes are drilled into the glass surface and fasteners are inserted.
The simplest material for the manufacture of furniture is, of course, chipboard boards. It is not at all difficult to come up with a glass table design with a chipboard base. There are a large number of options, colors and textures of the laminated coating for particleboard.
Chipboard sheet cutting is carried out using a circular saw. In the section, a rough edge is obtained, which must be closed with an edge. If you don’t have special equipment for edge processing, do not be discouraged. The end strip can be glued using a conventional iron.
The connection of parts from chipboard is carried out using Euroscrews, screws, corners. The most acceptable option is to use Euroscrews. For them, you need to make holes in the chipboard with a drill. These screws are tightened with a hex wrench. In places where the screw caps are located, special stickers are installed that mask the joint.
How to fix glass to the base?
There are several ways to fix the glass to the base, the choice of the appropriate method depends on the materials and weight of the glass. If the glass is massive and thick, then you can simply install rubber mounts on the surface of the underframe, the mass of glass and the friction force will not allow the countertop to move.
The mechanical fastening method is as follows: holes are drilled in the glass, fasteners are inserted into them. Between the metal fasteners and glass must be rubber gaskets.
In some cases, glass adheres to the surface of the underframe. This is a very common fastener method. The main thing in this case is to choose the right glue. It must be compatible with the materials used.
Another time-tested way to securely fasten glass is with rubber suction cups. This method of fastening is often used when it is necessary to fix a countertop with a wooden base of a non-standard shape.
Epoxy glass imitation
From epoxy, you can make not just a table, but a work of art. Especially interesting are the options for countertops, which include time-deformed wooden elements connected by a transparent epoxy resin.
To make such a glass table with our own hands, we need a suitable cut of wood. It is advisable that it be with cracks and signs of aging. Roughnesses can be added independently by artificially aging a wooden blank. Two elements of a tree 4-5 cm thick are laid out at a distance of 20-30 cm from each other. An uneven side surface should be between the elements of the saw cuts, and at the edges the countertop should be smooth and even. The surface is carefully sanded and leveled.
An epoxy casting container is being built - the bottom and walls. You can stain the resin with pigments. After the resin is poured into the container between the two halves of the tree, you need to wait about 1 day. After complete drying, it is necessary to cover the surface of the product with several layers of varnish. Remember the safety precautions when working with epoxy. A respiratory mask and gloves are required. Resin is toxic, can cause poisoning.
Table with glass top in eco-style
In recent years, gross interior elements are gaining popularity, which are transferred almost unchanged to our home from the wild. Ecostyle is the direction of interior design, which involves the use of natural materials or their imitation for the design of furniture, walls, floors, decor elements.
Large driftwood or tree roots are an excellent basis for making a glass table with your own hands. This piece of furniture looks very original. The process of processing natural material may take a considerable amount of time, but this process should not be neglected.
The first step is to remove the bark and exfoliating rotten elements from the wood. A solid frame should remain. All bends need to be processed with sandpaper. At the point where the glass joins, it is necessary to cut off the branches so that they form supports for the glass surface. At the final stage, you need to process the tree with several layers of varnish or stain. Glass is best mounted on suction cups, as other types of mounting will look unaesthetic.
Do not be afraid to experiment and try new combinations. The glass table in itself is a highlight in the design of the room, and the construction of an original and exclusive, nothing like the foundation for it will amaze everyone.