Installing Glass Inserts in Cabinet Door
Installing a glass inserts in cabinet door is a pretty easy task. But like most easy things there are a couple of small details you must pay attention to or disaster will ensue. You don’t want to learn by trial and error. Follow my overly detailed instructions and you’ll be fine.
Handling Leaded Glass Inserts
The most important part of installing your panel is handling your panel. Handling a leaded glass panel is not difficult but does require some care. It’s not like handling a solid piece of glass. If you are not careful the panel will bend. But no worries, once you understand how it is no big deal.
Before I show you how to handle a leaded glass panel let me briefly explain why it is different than a solid piece of glass. I know I am going overboard here but I always work better when I understand the ‘why’ of how you do something rather than just being told what to do. A leaded glass panel is held together with lead, duh. What makes lead great is its malleability. Bends real easy and cuts with a knife real easy compared to other metals. When a leaded panel stands on its edge and is supported on four sides it is very strong and stable. However, when it is not supported on all four sides and it is held flat like a tray it is very vulnerable and will bend.