How To Make A Glass Patio Table How To Make A Glass Patio Table
If you want to make your own glass patio table, the best method is to design something simple. The most important thing is stability, so build based on a cube as nothing is more stable.
Step 1 - Prepare the Timber
For a light and bright table, use oak for you base. Check that the sizes are precise and the corners are square. Rub each piece down with fine glass paper until it has a smooth satin-like finish.
Step 2 - Mark the Screw Holes
At each end of the 24 inch pieces, mark a line 1 inch from the end. Mark a second line 4 inches from that to create a 4-inch square. Draw in the diagonals of the square. Make a mark 1.5 inches from each corner on each diagonal.
At each end of the 22-inch pieces, draw a line 4 inches from the ends. This creates another 4-inch square. Draw in the diagonals and mark them 2 inches from the corners.
Step 3 - Drill the Screw Holes
Drill through each mark with a bit the same size as the screw shanks. You will make 64 holes all together.
Step 4 - Start to Build Your Cube Base
Present the end of one of the 22-inch pieces to an end of one of the 4x4 pieces at 90 degrees. Carefully use a small auger in the drilled holes to mark the position of the screws on the 4x4. Drill pilot holes no more than half the diameter of the screw shank.
Step 5 - Apply the Wood Glue
Apply the wood glue to the 4-inch section of the 4x4 that you just drilled. If you are using impact glue, do the same with the 22-inch piece.
Carefully position the pieces together and drive the screws home as fully as possible. Wipe off any excess glue.
Step 6 - Join the Other Ends
Complete the other ends in the same way. You will end up with two frames that are 24x22 inches.
Step 7 - Finish the Cube
Join the frames using the same process, except apply glue to the last 5 inches of the 24-inch pieces.
Step 8 - Add Caps
Tap the chrome caps into each screw head.
Step 9 - Glue the Rubber to the Cube
To each end of the 4x4 pieces (now the table legs), glue one of the pieces of rubber.
Step 10 - Finish the Table
Place the glass top on the cube with a 6-inch overlap all round. The rubber will stop the glass from slipping.
If you have a suitable frame, you can also make a metal table or a plastic table.