DIY Plexiglass Tabletop

Hi Wonders,

This one is a simple DIY, so it isn’t going to be a long, complex post. However, you can use this for anything that needs a glass look-a-like.

So there is a table we bought off Facebook Marketplace. It was the perfect size for our space and height to match the rest of the furniture.

Mr. Lumberjack, like a kid or granny, likes to lean back his chair. Well one day, when I was on a work call, I hear a loud noise. I find out the table’s glass I got a month ago is now broken.

Credit goes to Mr. Lumberjack for fixing it. I did absolutely nothing other than go shopping for the plexiglass and knife. For the most part, trimming the glass was straight forward. You just need a little elbow grease.

Here is what you will need:

  • A Sharpie
  • A jigsaw
  • Filer
  • Plastic Cutting Knife
  • Plexigass
  • 420 Grit Sandpaper (optional)
  • 320 Grit Sandpaper

For the instructions, look below:

  1. There is a layer of plastic on the plexiglass. Leave it there.
  2. Trace the shape you want on the plexiglass with your Sharpie.
    1. I recommend you use the straight edges to your advantage, so you don’t have to cut more than needed.
  3. Use the plastic cutting knife and keep cutting on your outline.
  4. For rounded edges, use the jigsaw to cut on the line. Hold the jigsaw vertical, so you can carve out the rounded shape.
  5. Cut the outline until you can snap the excess off. Use pliers if needed.
  6. Peel off the plastic on the plexiglass. You will want to do this because the plastic will fuse to the plexiglass when you sand due to friction.
  7. Take the filer and rub it around the edge of the plexiglass to smooth it out.
  8. Take a 320 Grit sandpaper to smooth the edge even more.
  9. If you want an even smoother finish, go around the edge with a 420 Grit sandpaper.
  10. Wipe the excess off and use your beautiful finished product.

Now, we have something durable. Mr. Lumberjack can tilt his chair back as many times as he would like. Just remember, not all is lost when you break a glass cover/panel.



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