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Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: February 21, 2010 08:23PM
I am not knowledgeable about interior design, and I have always been perplexed about beveled glass table tops.

Logic tells me the bevel should be down, leaving a bigger flat surface for things that might fall off the edge.
It seems that bevel up is the accepted way.

Which way is generally accepted?
Is there any reason for that?

I will likely put the glass bevel down, I am just curious, and I couldn't get hits on google since I probably didn't word it correct.


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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: dmann
Date: February 21, 2010 08:29PM
Bevel goes up.

DM
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: February 21, 2010 08:33PM
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dmann
Bevel goes up.

DM

Yup.

This isn't my "field", but I'm thinking there would be a loss of integrity of the glass near the edge if the bevel was down. With it down, something could be put all the way to the edge, but the edge is thinner and would be more prone to chipping or breaking. No? Yes? I should have made it into a poll! smiling smiley
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: space-time
Date: February 21, 2010 08:43PM
just turn the glass over to change from one style to another.

EDIT: I would just make it symmetric, a small bevel on each side.



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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: Mini 9
Date: February 21, 2010 08:45PM
The flat surface is the underneath/bottom surface.

Do you put your toilet paper under the roll, too? (Instead of over the top?) WRONG!!!
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: February 21, 2010 09:24PM
Bevel? I don't need no stinkin' bevel. All my glass tables are sharpened to a razor edge.





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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: davester
Date: February 21, 2010 09:42PM
Bevel up. That way it's not quite as sharp an edge to wrest your wrists on.




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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: space-time
Date: February 21, 2010 09:49PM
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davester
Bevel up. That way it's not quite as sharp an edge to wrest your wrists on.

but if you got stuff to do under the table (let's not get into specifics), then you may want the bevel down
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: Carm
Date: February 22, 2010 12:40AM
For me. Bevel up on a table.
Bevel down for an end table.
Meh.
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 22, 2010 12:47AM
davester's and particularly Alpha's explanations are most correct. You don't want the bevel down precisely because it presents a flat surface to the edge of the table, which might encourage placement of items at the edge of the table. The beveled section can be considerably weaker than the full-thickness interior of the tabletop and becomes progressively weaker as the beveled section decreased in thickness. The likely outcome of the bevel-down orientation would be broken edges - a very unsafe condition for a glass tabletop.

I have personal experience with this. A few years back a friend of mine had a coffee table with a beveled glass top which one day broke in exactly the manner I describe above. She thought nothing of it and kept it around. One day her sister brushed her leg against the broken edge as she walked by the table and slashed her calf open. A ride to the emergency room and forty stitches later, my friend decided the table needed to go.



It is what it is.



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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: h linamen
Date: February 22, 2010 04:57AM
Look in any furniture store. BEVEL UP
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: billb
Date: February 22, 2010 07:12AM
You have to look at it. Please your eyes.
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: threeprong
Date: February 22, 2010 07:51AM
23 years in the home furnishings industry tells me....

Bevel up.

If you really need the extra 1/2 inch of table surface you've purchased the wrong size glass top or you have too much stuff on the table anyway.

Lots of glass surfaces also have a side that gets treated differently in the tempering process as well.
That is typically the top side.



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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: February 22, 2010 01:23PM
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Re: Glass Table- Bevel up or down?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: February 23, 2010 01:49AM
It is not that I need the extra 1/2 inch. My thinking was that if a glass was set near the edge it might fall off.

Having the bevel face up makes sense to me now when it was pointed out about the possible chipping.

I am a convert---it will be bevel up for me.

Thanks for all the input.

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threeprong
23 years in the home furnishings industry tells me....

Bevel up.

If you really need the extra 1/2 inch of table surface you've purchased the wrong size glass top or you have too much stuff on the table anyway.

Lots of glass surfaces also have a side that gets treated differently in the tempering process as well.
That is typically the top side.
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