Glass Kitchen Cabinet Door: Installing the Glass

Some manufacturers offer glass doors, and some appear to offer glass dorrs but only offer doors ready for glass.  I got stuck with the latter one day, to my surprise.  The fix was pretty easy though.

I was sure Kabinart would be sending glass with a kitchen I ordered as there was glass in the spec book and I thought I’d ordered it. No.  Kabinart doesn’t offer glass for its cabinet doors, nor do they have any advice on which glass suppliers to start looking for.  No help whatsoever. I start hunting around.  Turns out I can get just glass from Bertch, but it’s pretty expensive. 

After a bit of googling (not by me, I was still yelling about not getting the glass in the first place) someone found a local company who could probably get us the glass in a hurry. Stained Glass Express had some glass pretty similar to what the customer wanted.

We went ahead and ordered it, and received for about $300 enough glass for two doors like the one pictured above, plus some other (18″ wide x 30″ high) doors with mullions.     In addition to the glass for the cabinet doors, Stained Glass Express provides clips and sticky tape for the install.


The idea is that the tape (sticky on both sides) holds the glass from rattling, and the clips keep it from falling out.  

My first step, once I laid the glass in to make sure it would fit, was to drill holes where the clips would go.  I used the clip to figure out where the holes would go, marked them with a finish nail, and set to drilling holes.  



pilot hole


The instructions said to only drill a 3/8″ deep hole.  Lacking a drill press, I used the old “Scotch Tape on the Drill Bit” trick, and things worked fine.  I did check periodically, to make sure the tape hadn’t been pushed up the drill bit. With the holes drilled, I laid the double sided tape in, leaving the paper on it so that only one side was sticky.  This made it a lot easier to deal with.  I don’t think putting this stuff in needs to be an exact science, as you can see from my “sort of” even corner.  It can’t be seen from outside the cabinet, so I’m not worried about it.    





sticky tape installed


Once I peeled the backer off the tape, I laid the door glass in, then screwed the clips into all of the pre-drilled holes.  These cabinets are already installed, so I didn’t have the hinges.  On the hinge side of the door I stayed way away from where the hinges go with that clip.  The glass will hold fine.  I just wanted to steer clear so that the customer who installs these doors again won’t have to monkey with anything.    







This door is all done.  I’ve got a bunch more to go, but they won’t take so long if I don’t keep stopping to take pictures. Installing these glass kitchen cabinet door panels was fairly easy.  Other glass panel retailers might have other methods and accessories.  Stained Glass Express was very good to me, and I’d like to thank Jim and Janet for their help in getting me off and running.

NOTE:  Due to the site crash in 10-2011, I'm missing a few pictures.


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