Measuring glass for the opening of a cabinet door frame for glass seems simple enough and we could assume everyone knows what to do and there is really no need to review. However, this is such a critical part in ordering your panel this step warrants a careful explanation of what to measure.
Go to the back side of the front cabinet door frame. There is a grove called a rabbet running around the inner edge of the door frame. This is what the glass panel will sit in and this is what we need to measure.
Step 2. Measure full panel size
Measure the width and length of the full size that will receive the panel. This is the most important size. The panel will be made slightly smaller than this size and therefore it is critical this is as accurate a measurement as possible. This is also the size used to determine the cost of the panel.
Step 3. Measure the sight-size
The sight-size is the measurement of the opening where light passes through. This is the area of the glass panel you will be able to see from the front of the cabinet door frame. This size is important to ensure that the panel is made to show only what we want to see of the glass panel from the front.
Step 4. Measuring the depth
While not critical it doesn’t hurt to provide a measurement of the depth of the rabbet.
So when ordering a custom glass panel you will be providing the;
panel opening size both H” x W”
sight-size both H” x W”
Stand in the nave of Duke Chapel, look up at the clerestory windows. You see a kaleidoscope of glass colors. Focus and you see each window is based on a major figure of the old testament, Job, David, Moses, etc. You can’t miss the central figure in each window but you can easily miss the smaller figures that surround the central character. These figures help tell the story. At first glance these minor figures appear simple and almost cartoonish but look again, they are very expressive and distinct.
How To Make Stained Glass – in 45 seconds. Having some fun with stop motion camera. What you see is the whole process of making a stained glass panel; full size cartoon, pattern cutting, cutting glass, leading glass and soldering. The only steps left are puttying, cleaning and final installation. This window is going into a custom home for an interior transom. The circles are clear hand blown rondel surrounded by clear hand blown glass.
I am a leaded glass artisan and while my website is focused on custom leaded glass, specifically for the home like your front door, I also do stained glass restoration work. For the last 15 years I’ve had the privilege to be involved with Duke University at the iconic Duke Chapel. The work involves the restoration of the stained glass windows in the clearstory level windows. Currently the Chapel is closed while undergoing significant work. Part of that work involves the restoration of the seven windows in the chancellory. I am working with three other studios to complete this work by February. The two windows I am tasked with completing are the Moses window and the Samson window. We started in June with the removal of the seven windows.
The lead knife. One of the most important tools in the glaziers tool kit is the lead knife. There are different types of lead knives glaziers use, this is mine. It is an English knife, made in Sheffield, England by Petty’s Celebrated Sheffield. The handle is rosewood, the steel is high quality Sheffield steel that runs through the length of the handle.
My father started using this knife when he worked in the well known London studio of Whitefriars Glass Studio back in the mid 50’s. He loved the knife so much he purchased a dozen of the knives and brought them to New York City when he immigrated in the early 60’s. The knife I use today is one of those dozen knives.
Sheffield, England has a long history in the manufacture of steel and cutlery. It was the center of steel production in England and is where several important contributions to the steel industry were made like the invention of stainless steel. Petty’s Celebrated is an old company that was well known for its cutlery and knives.