I am upcycling a glass display cabinet and have found one of the doors has glass that was broken/cracked so I decided to investigate removing all of the glass from this door and think about how I can replace it.
Here are some photos of the door that has no issues, to give you an idea:
- Full front of cabinet door
- Closer up view of the more detailed area of the front
- Reverse side of this detailed area including how it is affixed to the glass
- Detailed view of the glass/wood interface
When I chiselled away the dark material that helped affix the glass to the wood it revealed that each of the sections of glass were in fact separate and not one curved sheet as I had initially thought (see image below for profile shape.
I also found, with the fixing agent removed, I could see that the glass was being separated be thin splines of wood (I have saved these) that fit into grooves in the facia struts (as can be seen below).
- Same view as image 4 above, this time with the brown fixing agent & spline removed (and painted of course)
- image of the thin wooden splines
- Area with the spline placed back in place as example
So basically, I am wanting to either add glass back to the newly painted door to almost restore the original pattern with shaped pieces of glass, or I am wanting to alter the design of both doors to match such as a simple centre divider with 2 pieces of glass.
What would be the best way to go about the first of these options? I ask for the first only as I can imagine the second will be relatively simple to achieve.
Follow up questions would be things such as:
- What would be the best glass for this? The original was pretty thin but not too delicate
- How would one go about shaping/cutting the glass accurately?
- Should the splines be replaced? If so - with what?
- How would one go about affixing the glass to these splines? I have seen wood putty can reproduce the original 'look'.
As always, many thanks in advance to the wisdom can impart on me :-)