Glass top advice please

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  1. Bendor

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    Hi guys and girls. I am building a coffee table from some tree stumps and I want to rest a slab of glass in it. The glass will have multiple points of support around the edge and centre and it will measure 1800mm by 1100mm.

    How thick must it be?
    Should it be tempered?
    What is the best place around PMB or Durban to buy it?

    It's a bit of topic but nobody spends as much time thinking about glass as you lot. Thanks.:peroni::peroni:
     
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    I have a glass coffee table about the same size. 4 corner posts only keeping it up.

    The glass sheet is 12mm thick. Don't know if that helps or not :) Cant say whether it's tempered or not... Don't feel like breaking it :p
     
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    Thanks guys. This is how far I've gotten. Need to order glass and sand a few spots level still. The two big stumps are done.

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    Looking good!
     
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    i would go with 12mm. it is the safest for that size if there is support in the middle too. nice looking stumps though
     
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    Definitely tempered glass for safety reasons. Hitech glass in Springfield park sells tempered glass - about R800m2 for 12mm. Got 12mm normal glass from Hans at Tonlee glass also in Springfield for R380 m2 in 12mm.
     
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    Tempered or laminated.

    As far as I know, laminated is the one normally used for coffee tables. Better for when a kid fell on it and breaks it.

    And laminated might be cheaper than tempered.
     
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    Thanks Riaan. I'll ask the glass place on Monday.
     
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    That is cheap!
     
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    Thanks Stealth. I spoke to a glass man today. Laminated is cheaper and safer if it brakes but tempered is 7 times stronger than laminated. 8, 10 and 12mm be sufficient if tempered and the thickness depends mostly on aesthetics. I like those prices. I need 2.07m2 but that doesn't include off cuts.

    I will post a final picture for those that are interested when the top comes.
     
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