Expert advice from Bob Vila, the most trusted name in home improvement, home remodeling, home repair, and DIY.

Service_nav_spacer Service_nav_spacer Service_nav_spacer Service_nav_spacer
The Dean of Home Renovation & Repair Advice

deck patio & porch, diy

Replacing an Outdoor Glass Table Top

By Our Lake Life on May 07, 2012

Continuing on our little mini deck sprucing adventure Bryan and I recently had an idea to make use of a broken table sitting in the yard. During a wind storm last year this table had turned over smashing the glass top to bits and pieces. Being reluctant to throw it out, it sat in the yard waiting for us to make a decision on what to do with it.

Broken Glass top table

Last Saturday while we were drinking our morning coffee Bryan and I were talking about things we wanted to finish up and the table sitting abandoned in a corner of the yard popped into the conversation. Bryan suggested building a simple wood table top to fit inside where the glass top once sat. He promised it would be quick, cheap and easy made from pine boards and his Kreg Jig. So the plan was born.

A Kreg Jig is it’s a simple but sturdy device for to make pocket holes in wood at any depth. The pocket holes allow you to join parallel board together to form a table top.


Bryan bought 3, 6 inch by 6 ft pine boards. Our table diameter was 30 inches so he cut the board in half leaving 6, 36 inch pieces. He laid them all out on the work bench.

Kreg Jig

Once he had it laid out the way he wanted it. He clamped each board into the Kreg Jig secured to the workbench and using power screw driver he drilled into the Kreg Jig according to the directions that came with the tool.  Bryan then repeated this for each board, staggering the holes as he went.

joining the table

Once all of pocket holes were done he joined the pieces together with pocket hole screws.


We happened to have a round grill mat that was exactly 30 in round so Bryan used that as a guide to draw a circle onto the wood table top. If we didn’t have the grill mat we could have used a piece of string to draw the circle to the desired size. Finally Bryan used a Jig saw to cut out the circle and used a router for the edge to finish it off.

round top

We used some leftover outdoor stain we had in the shed to stain the top.

Table finished

The whole tabletop project cost about $15 for the wood, since we had everything else on hand. Score one for recycling what you have.

Sometimes I participate in these awesome parties: The DIY Showoff, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie, Today’s Creative Blog, Blue Cricket Design, House of Hepworths, Home Stories A to Z, Somewhat Simple, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Miss Mustard Seed, The Thrifty Home, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, A Beach Cottage, Domestically Speaking, 504 Main, Simply Designing, Serenity Now, Chic on a ShoeString, Between Naps on the Porch, Creatively Living, Not Just a Housewife, Coastal Charm, Our Delightful Home, Vintage Mauve, The Rooster and the Hen, Between Naps on the Porch,

OurLakeLife?d=yIl2AUoC8zA OurLakeLife?d=qj6IDK7rITs OurLakeLife?i=NlFI1aP8Z98:DxpeLNRilNc:gIN9vFwOqvQ OurLakeLife?i=NlFI1aP8Z98:DxpeLNRilNc:D7DqB2pKExk


Visit Our Lake Life »

blog comments powered by Disqus