Let’s Talk About Glass Edgework

Let’s Talk About Glass Edgework

There are many different styles of edge treatments that are applied to glass materials, and each one can vary depending on the functionality of the glass. Glass edgework is incorporated into the design when the edges of the glass will be exposed, such as with a glass tabletop. Edging can strengthen the glass and prevent chipping, while also improving the safety, appearance, and function of it. At M&T Glass, we offer a variety of comprehensive styles of glass edgework to suit your preference. Let’s explore some of them below.

Flat Polish

The flat polish method is one of the industry standards that produces a sleek and glossy finished edge. The application for this method creates a small 45-degree angle on both the top and bottom of the glass edge. This cleans up the edge and removes any sharp, rough areas. This can be applied to both glass and mirrors.

Pencil Polish

The pencil polish edge creates a slight curve to the edge of the glass by grinding the edges smooth. This method is most frequently used for round, oval shapes but can be applied to other styles.


Bevel glass edgework, also referred to as ‘grind and chamfer,’ creates a flat, smooth edge with a chamfered top and bottom angled edge. This is achieved by running the edges along a belt to remove any chips and create a smooth end result. This style can be applied to frameless mirrors such as medicine cabinets.

45 Degree Miter

The 45-degree miter produces a dramatic finished edge. This is similar to the Bevel style but is shorter.

Bull Nose

A bullnose edge is also very similar to the pencil polish. Both produce smooth curved edges, however, the bullnose involves more of a circular nose.

Triple Waterfall

When it comes to glass edgework, the triple waterfall is one of the most dramatic. This involves an angled edge with three curves that create the ‘waterfall’ reference. This method is only available for square, rectangular and round cuts of glass.

O.G (Ogee)

The Ogee edgework is a very decorative design style that can enhance the look of any glass edge. It creates a smooth, angled groove that curves inward and outward to produce and s-like edge.


The V-Groove, commonly referred to as a Plate Rail, involves a decorative groove that’s placed on the surface of the glass. It’s usually combined with a variety of different edgework finishes and is only available for rectangular and round cuts.

To learn more about glass edgework, contact M&T Glass. They can provide assistance for all you glass-related needs and can accommodate a variety of different edging styles to suit your preference.



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