I did a cool jigsaw puzzle and moved it onto my side table and WOAH it's the same exact size as the table! How would I go about making this the table top? Plexiglass? What else? Any glue? Glue the plexiglass? Glue to table? Where to get plexiglass in the right size? So many questions!
Use tempered glass. Call up a glass cutting place and give them the exact dimensions you need. Make sure it has the edges beveled. Something like that will be $30-$50. Do not attempt to cut the glass yourself as it will merely explode into pretty little squares of ice-looking confetti.
Do not use "normal glass" as it will break rather easily.
Tempered glass seems nice. I'm looking at about $90 for that unfortunately. The table itself is as cheap as they come. Plexiglass would probably match better to the quality of the table to be honest.
Should I go and use the silicone, or would it be better to just rest it on top of sticky bumper things like these:
build wall around buy clear pouring epoxy from hardware store.
Pour ontop of all that shit.
don't use tempered glass. unless you plan on smashing face first into it. otherwise its just a waste of money. and in the event it breaks you are going to spend twice as long to clean it up.
use regular glass it does not break easily. just get a thicker glass. take the table to a glass shop. around me it would cost about $15 for an eight inch and ground edges.
Gonna go with the epoxy method.
Should I paint on some puzzle glue beforehand? I'm worried about pieces moving around, and/or air bubbles. Puzzle glue will keep everything together, but would it affect the clarity?
Add a small, wooden lip to the sides of the table, just high enough to constrain the glass. The glass doesn't need to be prevented from lifting, just sliding.
I have to agree that epoxy is not the way to go if you've never done it before. Way too easy to fuck up just enough that it will annoy you every time you look at it, even if nobody else really notices. Glass will also be far more scratch-resistant, and in the event it ever DOES sustain significant damage, you can just replace it. Or you can use acrylic sheet if you're paranoid about someone slamming a mug onto it and breaking it. Less scratch resistant, but better with impacts and just as easily replaced.
- create a 1cm lip with tape around the top of the table
- center puzzle where you want it
- pour epoxy resin over the puzzle until it fills up to the tape lip
- let it dry then remove the tape and sand the edges
I think you're right. The cardboard may suck up moisture from the epoxy and warp and/or deteriorate a bit. Definitely would need a coat of puzzle glue to protect it first.
Leaning toward glass, but I don't really have the machinery to create the precise holding walls needed like pic related. There's no way I'm just going to find the right size at a store. Is there a solution here?
find someone with a table saw and you can do it
try looking through the finished wood/ millwork section of your hardware store- door/ window/ ceiling/ wall molding would be easiest. you wont need much. some molding comes with a lip built in so it can connect to other pieces of molding