Archive for the Glass Table Top Category
One of the reasons we love our location in central North Carolina is the great weather. Even now, in early Spring, we often get warm, sunny afternoons which allow our artisans to move some of their work outside. In this photo Brian details the edge of a boat-shaped glass conference table with an angle grinder.
Check out the newest addition to our Xena line.
The modern coffee table pictured is crafted in cherry wood with a “scratched” glass shelf and a clear glass top. This table would look great in an executive reception area as well as a contemporary home.
Our Xena line of tables are constructed in solid wood of Cherry, Natural, White or Black Ash. All of the tables are offered with Clear, Frosted or “Scratched” Glass tops and shelfs.
We hope you have never had the sinking feeling of looking at your glass conference table or glass dining table and discovering a chip in the edge or scratch in the surface. Unfortunately, once a chip or scratch has occurred, there’s usually no way to repair it. In most cases your options are to conceal the scratch or replace the glass.
That’s why it’s important to protect your glass table and avoid chips or scratches in the first place. For the most part, this is simply common sense. Avoid roughhousing near the table, or dropping heavy or sharp objects on the glass top. If you have small children in your home, consider padding the edges of the table with foam. This will protect both the table and your children! You can always remove the padding when you have guests.
If you have to move a large object on the glass top, for instance a laser printer or desktop computer sitting on a glass desk, lift and carry it rather than dragging or pushing it across the surface. If this is impossible — for example it is a home office, you live alone and it’s just too darn heavy — place the heavy object on a sturdy cloth and pull the cloth. Never allow a heavy or sharp object to scrape across the surface of the glass.
If you have objects with sharp edges which you need to place on your glass table, place them on a cloth rather than directly on the glass. If this happens often, for instance a family dining table where you do kitchen prep work or set kitchen tools, make sure there is always a cloth or pad on the table. You can use a table runner or placemats to incorporate the protective cloth into your room decor.
Your chair selection matters as well. Metal backed chairs can easily chip the edge of a glass table top if they are not properly padded. Before you buy those sophisticated metal chairs to go with your glass table, imagine a rushed conference where people jump up from the table and push their chairs out of the way in a hurry. Or imagine tripping in your dining room and shoving a chair back against the edge of the table. Make sure all parts of the chair which come in contact with the table top are padded. (Any other metal furniture that moves — a wheeled coffee stand or file cart, etc — should also be padded or kept well away from the edge of a glass table.)
The steps above will go a long way towards protecting your glass table. If you do end up with a minor chip or scratch in your table, you can sometimes turn or move the table so the light does not catch the scratch and it isn’t as noticeable. If the damage is too severe for that, well, there’s always strategically placed coasters and potted plants.
Here is a great article from our archives regarding the care of glass table tops.
A glass conference table is an investment which will pay off for years to come if properly cared for. Follow these easy tips to preserve the appearance of your glass conference table top.
Clear Glass: No special care is necessary with a clear glass table top. Simply clean the surface of the glass with glass cleaner and paper towels. Do not use abrasive cleansers or rough materials which might scratch the glass. If a sticky substance like wax, gum or tape residue is stuck to the glass, use a solvent to remove it or carefully scrape the substance away with a razor blade.
Frosted or “Scratched” Glass: If your glass table features a finish like Frosted glass or our “Scratched” glass, special care is required. The smooth side (usually the top) can be cleaned as above. But take care when handling and cleaning the treated side.
When necessary, wash the Frosted or “Scratched” surface gently with glass cleaner and a paper towel to remove finger prints and dirt. A solvent or degreasing kitchen cleanser should not be used on the Frosted or “Scratched” surface, as they can cut through the sealer and remove pigment. Also, aggressive rubbing or scrubbing can remove tiny particles of glass and pigment from the textured surface.
A difficult smudge or tape residue can be removed from the “Scratched” glass surface by picking out the dirt from the pores with the tip of an exacto knife. Remove debris from the glass with attention to the existing scratch pattern as you will be adding tiny new scratches.
Chips and Minor Damage: Nothing is more frustrating than to discover a scratch or chip in your prized glass table. Unfortunately, once the damage is done there isn’t much you can do to repair it. In some conference rooms you may be able to turn or move the table so the scratch does not reflect sunlight and is less prominent. Glass finishes like our “Scratched” glass, and some frosted glass finishes, create a visual texture which helps trick the eye and mask minor scratches. If the scratch is large and your table top is in multiple sections, you may choose to replace the damaged section. And if all else fails …there’s always strategically placed coasters.
Moving Your Glass Conference Table: Always arrange to have adequate staff on hand to move your conference table. A large table top made of 3/4″ thick glass is heavy! This is especially important when moving a frosted or “Scratched” glass top, as the movers should take care not to leave smudges on the textured surface of the glass. Movers who are straining under too heavy of a load will be so focused on not dropping the glass, they won’t have the energy to mind their fingerprints. If the conference table is to be moved more than a few feet, or turned on its side (to go through a doorway or around a corner), use padded blankets to protect the glass.
We recently found a great site that creates unique designs on glass: www.FlorindaMaria.com. This company hand paints designs on glass and glass table tops.
The artists paint on the underside of the glass so that the table is both beautiful and still functional. Check out their gallery to see more of their one of a kind pieces.
Stoneline Designs’ Quadrant line features brushed steel panels riveted to a wooden frame.
Stainless steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust. Stainless steel responds well to cleaning as long as certain rules are followed.
- Routine cleaning can be accomplished by buffing with a soft cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning our stainless steel products. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines.
- If you’ve had staining or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish stainless steel surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry. After cleaning you should reapply a protective wax. Stoneline Designs uses and recommends Gleem by Saffelle. This product is a cleaner which contains a wax to protect the surface. All of our stainless steel tables are cleaned and polished with this before shipping.
This section of our blog usually reserved for the information on conference tables throughout history. I feel that this table built by the advertising agency, Boys and Girls, (Dublin) is worthy of being called historical.
Stoneline Designs is pleased to add the Tangent Conference Table to our line of executive conference room furniture.
The Tangent Conference Table (shown above with Frosted and Opaque Frosted glass table top) features two Steel plates combined in Oval or “Scround” shapes to form the stout base that includes levelors underneath. A 4″ Square central column is flanked by 2 or 4 side supports in Brushed Aluminum, Wood or Sand-blasted Steel. Round or Square tables 48″ and below do not need the side supports but they can be added as an option. Sand-blasted Steel rails with integrated leveling are bolted to a top shape (oval or Scround) that caps the column and side supports. A top rail support structure holds multiple piece tops for large conference table sizes.
Last year Stoneline designed a conference table and credenza for a glass container manufacturer in Louisiana. Because glass is key to their business, we designed their table with our Patterned Scratched glass finish. It is a unique glass treatment with a sparkling blue-grey color. We just received this letter from the client:
It’s been almost nine months since we received the conference table and credenza from Stoneline Designs, and I wanted to let you know how much we have enjoyed the compliments we have received from our visitors. Since we are a glass container manufacturing facility, it is appropriate for the beautiful glass design table. The 12.5 ft Crescent conference table with scratched glass and the beautiful credenza definitely make a statement!
It was a pleasure working with Diana and Monte. You calmed my fears about ordering from an internet showroom. We could not be happier with the experience and the product.
Barbara, we’re so glad you’re enjoying the table and credenza. We hope you’ll send a photo, maybe with examples of your glass containers on the table so we can see how well they go together. Thanks so much!