Simple Dividers For Your Glass Doors

Video-Glass Divides.00_04_33_01.Still001There is no reason to turn away from building true divided-light glass doors in your projects. While some techniques to get the dividers made and installed are involved, this is a simple technique sure to work. After building your door frame complete with rabbets to hold the glass, dividing the opening is done using two different sized parts. The pieces that show to the front of the door are 1/4″ thick and 3/4″ wide. The pieces used to separate the glass are 1/4″ thick and 1/2″ wide. Installation uses glue and small spring clamps – and your abilities to cut to the lines. Build Something Great! Glen

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10 thoughts on “Simple Dividers For Your Glass Doors

  1. Nice video. You make it look so easy. I have trouble getting a good fit on an inside placement. The need to have the part on a angle leaves me a little long or short. I’m always trying to sneak up on the fit (until I’m to short). Is there a trick to this or do i just need more experience.
    Thanks Don

    1. Don, I’m not sure what you mean by “The need to have the part on a angle leaves me a little long or short.” I don’t cut any angles on the pieces. I find it easy to bend the divider pieces just a bit to get a snug fit.

      If you’re working with hand tools, then use a shooting board and plane to tweak the ends of your pieces. If you’re using a miter saw, here’s a trick I learned a long time back. Push the piece you wish to trim tight to the blade when it’s not spinning, then lift the saw without moving the workpiece. When you then saw the piece, you’re removing only the equivalent of the thickness of the carbide that hangs beyond the tooth edge.

      If you need to, you can make this same cut numerous times. If you’re closer than that when you began, there is no reason to make the cut – bend the workpiece into position.

      1. Thanks for the reply sorry i wasn’t clearer. When one side of the part to be fitted is inside the opening and the outer end is outside. The part to be fitted is siting at an angle to the opening and will be spanning a distance different from the true opening.
        Thanks for a clear answer to a muddy question.

        1. Look closely at the installation, Don. All the pieces are sitting in the same plane. The main face workpiece (the piece that fits from top to bottom) and the short workpieces (running from the center to the outside) all are flush with the door face.

          The interior pieces that divide the glass panes sit upon the rabbeted lip, or upon the face pieces, all of which are also on the same plane.

      2. Glen,Your miter saw trick to trim lenghts of trim strips works great,been using the method for years.Great trick.

  2. nice video but it would be nice to see some diagrams of individual pieces or maybe even a sketchup model we can download and learn from.

  3. I’ll be doggoned. Never thought of that – make the muntins in pieces.

    I rebuilt our kitchen in a previous house – tru divided lites with stained glass in 33 inset doors. Did htem in full pieces -one whole dang lotta joinery and tinkering, to get everything aligned properly.

    This method is cool. Thanks. Wish I had thought of it much earlier.


  4. sorry I have never inset glass into a door before. How does the glass stay in? did I miss that part? does it float in the little rabbeted edges then locked in the back by another 1/2in by 1/4in piece? are they glued in place somehow? Sorry Glen, newbie here!

    1. Rodrigo, this short video did not cover the insertion of glass, just how to create the dividers. You are correct in that you can secure the glass into the door using small strips. Another method is to use a putty of some sort. I don’t care for glazier’s putty, so I use Durham’s Water Putty. It mixes with water, is easy to use and when it’s dry, I think it looks more like how antique putty would look in glass doors – kind of a yellow shade, almost dirty.

  5. Extremely helpful video and the response to comments very useful as well. This is exactly the kind of non-routine instruction I was hoping to find on your site. More please>>>

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