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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
I would not do this as safety glass might be very tough from the face but if you even tap it gently from the side it will shatter into a million pieces.

That's the reason there are no tool tables made out of glass.

If you are talking about a coffee table - it's been done. Take a look, it worth the time:


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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
go for it mike

you might want to ease the edge
with carborundum sanding
(the right sanding disk on DA sander should do it)
to keep from getting cut
from raw edge
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Mike, I couldn't advise you on the table, but I can tell you that my Rikon is a work horse. You'll enjoy every minute of it and wonder how you made it without having it. I have the exact model and it is great!
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Mike, I work with glass everyday at my office. 6mm thick tempered glass can hold up a 180lb person standing on it as long as it is supported on the outer edges correctly. There will always be the risk of the glass cracking if people impact it with something else. Especially if it has a tapered point. If you do not frame in the glass, you will need to sand/grind the glass edge just like Patron stated. It is also weaker on these edges. Most exposed edge glass tables are not tempered. They are a little more resistant to breaking, but when they do break you get very large and sharp pieces.
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
I am not a glass expert, or know much about it other than, Back in the seventies, I went to the glass shop, and bought 1/4 in. and built a 35 gallon aquarium. The thing waS ABOUT AS TALL AS IT WAS WIDE. I had two small children at the time, and they would watch the big Angel fish with their family. The kids would tap on the glass with toys, that My Wife and I decited to sell it. I know that the glass is still in tact. I do not know if it is used any longer though. I would guess that what I bought was store front glass. I can't see that the glass would be any different>
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Mike - My daughter lives down the street and couple times they brought their 100 lb plus dog down. Great dog, but he has ran into the closed door wall multiple times at pretty good clip both from inside and outside. Could just be he is an old dog like me and doesn't learn or can't see that well. Point is that door wall glass is made for some level of abuse and would seem fine as a table top to me as long as you don't drop a lathe tool on it too many times. I would build a frame to cover the edges though.

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
LOL, Mike. I had to Google "Doorwall" to find out what you were talking about!

We have a dinning room table with a 1/4 inch glass top that is about 4×6 and it has served us well. It is supported on its outside edges plus a cross piece that runs down the center length wise, and another down the center width wise if you get my drift.
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Mike
depending on how thick the glass is … it is possiple
I have seen glass dinning tables with only the four legs supporting the glass
nothing ells than glass and the four legs in that table

good luck
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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Thanks fellas, I think I'm going to try it, yes I was planing on putting wood all the way around it and maybe packing that with styrofoam, or something to absorb some hits, but allso keeping it small enough so it doesn'matter how much banging on the sides it takes it won't shatter,or be a hassle, It must be over a half inch so I don't think its going to matter.
I know one thing you needed muscles in your sh*t to lift it. It is damned hefty. Thankls again for all your input. Thanks cosmo that's encouraging.
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
well here ive been wondering what happened to my old friend mike…wondering if he was still alive…and here you have a new band saw coming…you dog you…what a great tool…......glad your still making saw dust mike…grizz
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
If it is a modern doorwall it will more than likely be an insulated unit. It will be two pieces (1/8" I think) sandwiched with muttins on the perimeter and possibly filled with argon for energy efficiency. This would be unusable for a top because of the thickness of the glass.
I would recommend 1/4". You could get laminated glass if you want be on the safe side.
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Thanks again everyone I think I will go ahead. It's old glass and should hold up.
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Mile, you are in a better place now. You will be in our prayers!.............Jim
 

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Right now I'm waiting for a new bandsaw, an 18 Inch Ricon.

I was wondering if anyone knew if it would be safe to use a doorwall as a table top, not the wood around the glass just the glass. I know it's safety glass, but if it was supported up enough underneath. What say you my friends?
Mike, you are surely missed my friend!
 
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