Railway table glass.

June 7th, 2015

I finally got organised and ordered the glass for my railway table! I got a piece of 8mm thick, toughened glass for it which cost $416 NZ. Was well worth it though. First I had to prepare the edges where the glass sat. The drop to the tongue on the old floorboards making up the top was about 11mm. So with 8mm thick glass I needed a 3mm packing. I thought a lot about what to use. Rubber, felt, cork, etc. In the end I went with cork. And the easiest way to get cork strips was to use model railway trackbed ballast and that happens to be 1/8th of an inch thick, close enough to 3mm for my wonky, hand made table. So that all worked out quite neatly!

I bought some ballast and cut it into strips about 10mm wide. These I glued to the wood with a glue stick. They only needed to be held enough to now move when the glas was put in place. The weight of the glass means they won’t move with that there. I used clothes pegs to hold everything in place while the glue dried.

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Then when the glass was delivered we just dropped it in! It fitted almost perfectly with only about a 1mm gap all around the sides. And it is almost perfectly flush. And it looks great!


So all I need to do now is finish the actual railway!

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