how to build a small glass coffee table

How to Build a Small Glass Coffee Table

Materials Needed

  • Glass sheets for the tabletop and base surfaces – at least 1⁄4 inch thick
  • Satin-finish edge banding
  • Drill
  • Wood screws and mounting bases
  • Adhesive
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver


  • Measuring and Preparation: Begin by measuring the desired dimensions of the table. Select pieces of glass with the corresponding dimensions and edges styles (rounded, beveled, etc.). Then, apply satin-finish edging to the glass to give it a smooth and polished look. Make sure to leave an 1⁄8 inch gap between the glass edge and the edging material.
  • Drilling: Using a drill, create the needed holes in both glass surfaces. The drill bit should be 1⁄8 inch larger than the size of the mounting screws. Make sure to keep the drill perpendicular to the surface while drilling.
  • Attach the Mounts: Fasten the wood mounting bases and/or wood screws in the drilled holes. If you are using a mounting base, use adhesive to install it to the glass.
  • Assembling the Table: Place the glass surfaces on top of each other and attach the mounts and screws. If you are using a mounting base, the screws can be attached directly to the glass. At this point, adjust the table until the surfaces are at the desired angle. Once the angle is set, tighten the screws and mounts securely.
  • Finishing: Vacuum the table to remove any dust or dirt residue and wipe it down with a damp cloth if needed. Finally, use a glass cleaner to give your glass coffee table its polished and pristine look.


  • Be sure to wear proper safety gear, such as eye and ear protection, when working with glass and drilling.
  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • When installing the mounting bases, be sure to read the instructions on the adhesive package for the correct application method.

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