how to use acrylic in live edge coffee table

Using Acrylic in Live Edge Coffee Tables

Live edge furniture uses a slab of wood with its natural, uneven edge retained to add organic appeal and show off the raw beauty of the wood. Introducing an acrylic element to a live edge coffee table can provide an interesting contrast and pleasing visual effects.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Live edge slab of wood
  • Acrylic sheets
  • Construction adhesive
  • Carpenter’s saw
  • Power drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Screws


  1. Choose a unique live edge slab with unusual, interesting edges. Place the live edge slab onto a work surface.
  2. Cut the acrylic sheet to the same length and width as the live edge slab with a carpenter’s saw.
  3. Rough up the backside of the acrylic sheet with sandpaper.
  4. Spread a generous amount of construction adhesive on the rough back side of the acrylic sheet.
  5. Place the acrylic sheet carefully on top of the live edge slab.
  6. Smooth out the edges of the two pieces with your hands to ensure a tight fit.
  7. Drill pilot holes into the edges of the live edge slab and the acrylic sheet.
  8. Secure the two pieces with screws. Smooth out the edges again with a piece of sandpaper.

By adding an acrylic component to a live edge coffee table, you are sure to get an interesting, eye-catching piece of furniture that will be a conversation starter. While you can certainly take on this project yourself with the right tools and supplies, it is always a good idea to seek help from a professional if you are in any doubt about your own skills and capabilities.

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