Glass Cutting [Project 2]

🙂  Beautiful stained glass tops raise these simple tables to super-special.  🙂

Lots of fun cutting glass for my bedside tables!  The blue one was first & it was zip, zip, & both cuts were done & it fit pretty good [about 1/16″ from the wood] — ooh, it is absolutely gorgeous!

A couple days later, my ‘carpenter’ [room-mate who’s learning woodwork as a hobby] had the second frame ready.  And, gee, look at that — the red piece almost fits exactly on three of the sides!  Almost–maybe 1/32″ too big–way too close for me to cut off.

But no matter which way I placed the glass, I was going to have to cut through a little flaw — great potential for disaster.  So I nervously measured the 4th side [like 6 times!] & even more nervously, lined up the ruler for the cut.

Wouldn’t you know it — when I tried to place the glass in the slot, it was just too tight!  I hadn’t left any ‘fudge-room’ when I measured & now had a 2nd side that was about 1/32″ too big!  Double eek!

So I grind the glass a little & the carpenter sands a little — until finally it fits.  Okay, another lesson learned.

The tables are super-perfect!  My specs raised them from the normally low ‘night table’ to about 3 ft. — so the glass table tops are up beside my elbow when I’m sitting in bed.  Super-perfect!

🙂  I really am pleased with my medieval bed furniture.  It’s certainly not finished like you’d buy in the store — but I like it better because it’s original.  Next, the padded board & glass panel.  🙂

Inspired by the neat bedside & with the closet shelf finally wiped of piles of clean clothes [now in laundry baskets under the bed], I organized that with lots of decorative storage boxes.  [Yeah, some of them contain ‘filing’ but I’ll get to it someday . . .]

Notice the bow in the clothes rod?  That’s the 2nd-next project –> a skinny row of shelves to prop up the middle.

My next project is a leaded came window panel through a course at Glass-Smith & Co., here in Victoria on Monday & Wednesday.  This will be lots of fun — my creativity radar is buzzing.

Creating is so exciting — the design process is fun but can be tedious making picky, little revisions.  Finally, though, I’m pretty sure it’ll work & I’m happy with the look.  Now, the excitement starts to rise.

Actually constructing a project from the design can be a challenge & changes may have to happen.  But once the project is completed, I get to experience the exciting pride of having made something beautiful. And that provides even more incentive to finish the next project — like the rest of my headboard.


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